About Hilary

I have been working as a Family & Systemic psychotherapist since 2003 and specialise in work with children, adolescents and their families. I have practiced both in community and inpatient settings and believe that every child and family have the internal resources to create the positive change they desire. Family therapy is a way of identifying and harnessing these resources, through exploration, communication and the gaining of understanding and insight.

I currently work for the NHS as Clinical Lead for two Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services and as a leader and highly experienced clinician have a thorough understanding of mental health difficulties and treatment protocols. I have an interest in the Arts and have researched the use of both art and music in work with families, which can be especially useful when working with children. I have been seeing individuals, couples and families in my private practice for 16 years and look forward to welcoming you to my practice in Guildford.


Professional Doctorate in Systemic Psychotherapy – Tavistock & University of East London 2015

MA Systemic Supervision – Tavistock 2015

MSc Family & Systemic Psychotherapy – University of Bristol 2008

Post-graduate Diploma in Family and Systemic psychotherapy – University of Bristol 2003

MA Music therapy – Anglia Ruskin University 2000

Post-graduate Diploma in Music Therapy – Anglia Ruskin University 1996

What I treat

In accordance with The National Institute of Clinical Excellence guidelines for Family therapy, I work with families in the following areas:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Parenting difficulties
  • Couple therapy
  • Attachment disorders, including separation anxiety
  • Eating disorders
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Behavioural difficulties
  • Difficulties with social and emotional well being in primary and secondary age children
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Bi-polar disorder
  • Psychosis

Professional Accreditation and Affiliation

I am registered with the UKCP and AFT.

Useful information

I am available at the Eastgate Gardens practice in Guildford by appointment.


£120 Couples and families (60 minutes)

£90 Individuals (60 minutes)

On requesting an appointment via our online booking system, the practitioner may well call you to confirm details before you  meet. This initial telephone discussion of up to 10 minutes is free of charge, and is designed to  confirm that it is indeed appropriate to proceed to a full consultation and is not designed to replace a consultation.

I am registered with Bupa and Aviva.  However if you are registered with a different health insurance company do enquire as some insurers only allow practitioners to register when they have an identified patient.  Self-funding payments should be made on the day of the appointment. Cash, cheques or direct bank transfers (Sort code: 30-93-05 and Account number: 00793187) are accepted. Please use your initials followed by ‘HoD’ as a reference.


Email: hpalmer@HealthcareOnDemand.org.uk

Telephone: 01483 33 88 50