DR. MARY HILL COUNSELLING PSYCHOLOGY
"The curious paradox is that, when I accept myself as I am, then I can change."
Hello, and welcome.
My name is Mary Hill and I'm a Chartered Counselling Psychologist based in north Bristol.
My route into becoming a psychologist came gradually, after working for many years in the corporate world. Throughout this time I was continually aware of a deep pull to work with others, to help them effect the change they wanted to see.
I personally also felt a movement towards change. I felt stuck; being someone 'not me'. I discovered that when I could turn towards that which held me stuck, I could connect with 'me', and that life got better (if not always easy!).
I started training in counselling in 2012, and have been working as a psychologist for approx. 6 years.
My experience and route into this field has led me to value working in a way which is personal and adaptable to you and the change you seek. I offer a formulation based way of working, tailored to you.
I therefore work in a pluralistic way. This means I can draw from a range of therapeutic ideas including CBT and 3rd wave approaches such as DBT, CFT and ACT, as well as psychodynamic and person-centered theories to best meet your needs. I am also a qualified EMDR therapist.
Across the years I have been in practice, I have developed a way of working which is trauma-informed, compassionate and which holds you and your experience at the heart of what I do.
I have worked in the NHS, Priory hospital Bristol and several 3rd sector services in community, general and specialist settings including those focused on trauma, eating disorders and domestic abuse. Additionally I have lectured and taught on the undergraduate psychology programme at UWE. Currently, outside of my private work, I am a psychologist in the NHS.
I have a Professional Doctorate from the University of the West of England and am registered as a Counselling Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). I am a Chartered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS), and also a member of the EMDR Association.
WHAT IS COUNSELLING PSYCHOLOGY?
Freedom to be who you are
People might seek help for all sorts of reasons; you may be feeling stuck, lost, overwhelmed, having lost a sense of who you are.
Counselling psychologists support people who are experiencing distress linked to life issues including anxiety and anxiety conditions, problems in how you relate to food or your body, bereavement, domestic violence, sexual abuse, traumas and relationship issues.
I offer a way for us to work together, to develop an understanding of your difficulties in the context of your uniquely personal psychological experience, to empower your recovery and alleviate distress
I aim to offer a way of working with you to help you bring about change you would like to see.
WHAT TO EXPECT
In response to the Covid-19 restrictions, I moved to offering online sessions via Zoom, and will continue to do so. Whilst certainly different from face-to-face work, I have found that for many people, this way of working has allowed space for deeply impactful, effective and relational therapy to take place.
As well as working online, I offer face-to-face sessions from my Bristol therapy rooms in Cotham and Westbury-on-Trym. https://thepracticerooms.co.uk
Making the decision to seek the help and support of a psychologist can feel a big step. I therefore think it can be helpful for both client and therapist to have a one-off introductory session before deciding if we would like to work together.
My sessions are typically 60 minutes, charged at £90.
I am also registered as a provider with the following health insurers:
Aviva UK Health
AXA PPP Health
A SPACE TO GROW
An Authentic, Contented You
Support and clarity
Time to reflect