Hilary Davidson Counselling Services
Therapy, Supervision, Personal & Professional Training
Hilary Davidson B.Ed, MSc in Counselling, RMBACP
I am a qualified and experienced practitioner in both specialist and general areas of mental health, wellbeing, growth and development.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and a member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies.
I am a qualified supervisor and have been providing supervision for individuals and groups for many years to counsellors, health professionals and specialist care workers.
I am a qualified teacher, experienced in teaching and training people of all ages. I develop tailor-made training courses for organisations appropriate to their fields in a wide range of occupations.
I bring a wealth of experience to my current roles from working in many fields. I have worked in technical and design roles in industry and architecture, have run a self-build project and a small business and spent a few years doing voluntary work. I spent fifteen years in teaching before beginning my training as a counsellor with Exeter University in the mid-nineties. When I moved to the Forest of Dean I studied for my diploma in Therapeutic Counselling at my local College of Further Education where I was fortunate enough to be trained in CBT and went on to complete my Masters' degree at Bristol University. I have been in private practice since 2000. Between 2002 and 2014 I contracted to provide therapy, supervision and training at a specialist eating disorders residential facility and have recently focused more on seeing clients in my own therapy room.
As a therapist
I bring my ‘self’ to each aspect of the therapeutic relationship. What clients will know me for is not my life experiences but the sense I have made of them.
I have been lucky enough to meet people who have generously guided me through the theory and practice of my therapeutic model and helped me discover that facing my own vulnerabilities and finding more helpful ways of coping with them helps me to help others. My aim is always to ‘practice what I preach’.
As a supervisor
I bring my understanding of therapeutic relating and my understanding of learning processes to the supervisory tasks. The norms, values, legal and ethical implications of the practice of therapy are important aspects of assuring the quality of practice in supervisees. Having worked in different types of organisation, I also have some knowledge of the work settings in which my supervisees operate.
As a trainer
I combine my understanding of therapeutic processes with my interest in life-long learning and experience in teaching. I enjoy communicating bodies of knowledge and appropriate skills and enjoy the sense of achievement and success of my trainees.
As an afterthought
Hope is not a strategy