About Hilary Spenceley


  • UKCP Registered Psychotherapist  since 2009
  • Certified Transactional Analyst (Psychotherapy), European Association of Transactional Analysis (EATA) 2009
  • Member, International Association of Relational Transactional Analysis
  • Diploma in Transactional Analysis Counselling, Counselling & Psychotherapy Training Institute, Edinburgh, 2004
  • BSc. (Hons), University of Edinburgh, 1980

Working close to Edinburgh city centre since 2004, I offer a respectful, confidential space to reflect together on your life and find new insights and meaning in your experiences. You can be supported to make changes, and to find new ways of understanding and accepting what can’t be changed.  Read more about my approach.

I know from personal experience that a good therapeutic relationship can help us to recover our fundamental drive for health and fulfilment, and increase our awareness, spontaneity, sense of self-worth and capacity for intimacy. These, in turn, help us to develop and maintain healthy relationships with others.

I bring to my work sensitivity, curiosity about the rich meanings in people’s stories, a joy in the exchange of ideas, and the excitement of discovery. I offer warmth, humour, and a love of diversity and the natural world.

Before starting my counselling and psychotherapy practice in 2004, I worked for several years in business and the voluntary sector, helping to build sustainable, inclusive communities which value diversity.

I am passionate about continuing to learn and grow and am committed to my own personal and professional development. I participate in two professional study/consultation groups and in online colloquia, have regular clinical supervision and keep up to date through reading and CPD events.

I work in accordance with the ethical codes and guidelines of UKCP (the UK Council for Psychotherapy).

I am an avid reader, and, whatever the weather, I like being out in the natural environment and moving through the landscape.

To arrange an initial appointment or to find out more, please contact me on 07732 130 424.