Mr Stephen T E Hillier-Davies: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) , Psychotherapy

Mr Stephen T E Hillier-Davies

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychotherapy


  • Fee assured

Bupa specialist

  • Video & Telephone remote therapy sessions

About me

Stephen is an accredited Psychotherapist in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) with extensive clinical experience in the United Kingdom and USA.

He worked for more than 25 years within the National Health Service (NHS) within a wide variety of services - primary care, mental health, addictions, forensic psychotherapy and physical & sexual health - both as a clinician and supervisor.

​For the last 17 years, Stephen worked as a Forensic Psychotherapist within the South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (part of King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre bringing together a world-leading research-led university (King’s College London) and three successful NHS Foundation Trusts (Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and the Maudsley)) providing psychological therapy and specialist consultation in CBT for individuals with a wide range of mental health and emotional, behavioural difficulties, anxiety, depression, OCD, trauma, phobias, addictions, anger, abuse and personal, social and sexual relationship difficulties.

An extremely informed, clinically experienced practitioner Stephen has a reputation for compassion and an emphasis on the practicalities of offering help rather than just the theory of the client-based work. Having broad specialist mental health experience of treating a range of complex difficulties, Stephen has extensive skill and ability which provides the knowledge experience to provide safe and structured treatment options.

Stephen provides CBT psychotherapy and counselling in Ashford, Kent and nationally/internationally via Skype/FaceTime for individuals and couples.

How does CBT work?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) looks at the connections between thinking (cognitions), feelings (emotions), bodily sensations (physiology) and actions (behaviours). If these interact and form unhelpful feedback loops, one can get trapped in negative emotional states. This can lead to people feeling excessively anxious, depressed, angry and/or developing unhelpful behaviours.

In CBT, both the client and therapist will work together and develop a shared understanding of the current difficulties, their original cause, and in particular what keeps them in place now.

This is often put down on paper as a drawing or diagram (formulation). It will guide the work of the following session which introduces a variety of specific techniques or tools to address unhelpful thinking and less successful behaviours.

Stephen will coach you to how to use these tools in the session and, most importantly, in your day-to-day life. This practical work will often result in an even more precise understanding and give you some effective tools to tackle difficulties.

Towards the end of treatment, you will know a variety of techniques which work well for you. Finally, you and Stephen will make a plan of when and how to use them should you be faced with similar difficulties in the future (relapse prevention). You can then review this in subsequent booster sessions.

Areas of interest

Anxiety; Depression; Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD); Trauma-related Stress; Phobias; Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); Addictions; Alcohol; Anger; Abuse Issues; Sexual Difficulties; Personal Relationship Difficulties; Social Relationship Difficulties; Emotional Difficulties; Behavioural Difficulties

Specialist interests and expertise in the following physical conditions

  • Cardiac conditions
  • Musculoskeletal conditions
  • Pain management
  • Psychophysiological disorders
  • Physical disability
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