Sophia Hilsley: Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, London, SW1W
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Sophia Hilsley

Psychodynamic psychotherapist
London SW1W
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About Me

I am an experienced psychodynamic psychotherapist.  I work from the perspective that problems and distress in the present may be related to early experiences.  Whether your problems are identifiable or confusing, therapy can help you deal with emotions that are difficult to understand, giving you fresh insight into your life, relationships and work.

I have particular experience in bereavement, loss and relationship difficulties.  I can help if you are struggling in a relationship, or coming to terms with the end of a relationship through separation or divorce to consider ways of coping. I can also help if you feel unable to make attachments or find it difficult to form or sustain relationships. 

I offer specialised help to people struggling with issues of depression, anxiety and low self-esteem and those dealing with feelings of loneliness and exclusion.  I use a variety of principles alongside a more traditional psychodynamic approach - including elements of CBT and dynamic interpersonal therapy to ensure that together we are able to consider coping strategies and identify unhelpful patterns in relating. 

Prior to my career as a therapist I worked as a lawyer and in the civil service.  I worked predominately in international relations and foreign policy.  I am able to use my previous experience to aid my therapeutic work and have an understanding of how hard it can be to maintain emotional balance in contemporary life.  I have experience of dealing with team dynamics, workplace stress and also tackling issues of difference and prejudice. I have travelled internationally and lived in Europe and America and appreciate the pressures of moving countries and the impact this can have on our emotional well-being. 

I have experience of dealing with eating disorders and have been a mentor at BEAT - Beating Eating Disorders for a number of years. 



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View practice address
First Practice
The Eaton gate Psychotherapy and Counselling Practice
2 Eaton gate


I also provide my services online.

Issues often worked with

Cultural issues
Interpersonal relationships
Sexual problems
Emotional abuse

Therapy offered

In person
By phone
On video
By email

Client groups



I operate a sliding scale of fess dependent on income and the time of day you are able to attend. 

I provide regular long-term psychotherapy and counselling and short term therapy which uses elements of cognitive, dynamic interpersonal therapy and mindfulness in a safe non-judgmental setting.


Fees range between £50-90 per session.  

I also run a low cost clinic for students, those on low income or in financial difficulty.  




Training and qualifications

I am a fully qualified psychodynamic psychotherapist.  I completed a 5 year post-graduate training at the Westminster Pastoral Foundation in London.

I have a degree in Law, an MA in Criminology and a Ph.D in Social change and economics.

I am committed to my on-going professional development.  I offer the best quality therapy I can, tailored to your specific needs, ensuring the best possible outcomes are achieved.  I am a member of the UKCP and a professional member of the Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling (FPC) and the BACP.  All these organisations have strict ethical codes and professional standards of confidentiality and practise to which i subscribe. 

I am Director at the THE COURTYARD GARDEN PSYCHOTHERAPY practice in Victoria London. 


Verified professional membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy

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