Hilary Welsh


Hilary Welsh Résumé

I am a qualified psychotherapist with an advanced Post Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling. I have conducted research on what effects growing up in environments of conflict and violence may have on a person's sense of identity.

I am very experienced working in different communities; as a youth worker in youth and community, as a support worker in a disabilities trust supporting Autisic adults and as a group psychotherapist in a Greencare group serving people with complex mental health issues. 

I have experienced living abroad in varied environments which has contributed to my ability to work across cultures.

My Areas of Expertise

Employment History

I have an established private counselling practice in Sonning Common (Reading RG4).

I was a Director of Growing Better Lives, a community interest company that develops and researches innovative approaches to mental healthcare. GBL runs various projects:

Greencare makes use of the natural environment in therapeutic programmes where I worked as psychotherapist. Greencare is a therapy for people with a diagnosis of various personality disorders or complex mental health issues. Greencare leaflet

Living and learning runs training programmes for professionals.

Social futures is a research programme in partnership with the Institute of Mental Health.

Diagnosis and Beyond is a service which offers holistic psychiatric assessment, diagnosis, formulation and recommendations

From 2014 until May 2017 I served as a psychotherapist for Riverside Counselling Service, a charitable counselling service in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire where I volunteered some counselling sessions one evening per week. I was also an Assessing Psychotherapist and member of the Allocations Team.

I was an associate counsellor with Anchor Counselling Service at the Rosedale Clinic in Reading (Reading RG1) from 2014 to 2016

I worked for two years as a counsellor at ARC in Wokingham.

I was a qualified support worker with the Disabilities Trust.  I worked in a community home supporting Autistic adults.

I come from a background of youth and community work. As a youthworker, I ran a youth club which developed from one general session one evening a week to three club nights catering for age groups between 11-13 years, 14/15 years and 16-19 years. My work included (along with my three groups of volunteers) providing a safe and supportive environment for young people in which they were able to experience safe relationships, learn life skills and take part in activities at a time when they begin to find out just who they are, how they fit in their environment, inter-relationships across the generations and their place in the community. This subsequently led me into my current work as a psychotherapist.

Professional Affiliations

I am Registered Member 183508 of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I am committed to following the BACP professional code of ethics.

Hilary Welsh BACP

BACP Registered Member 183508