Hilary McLea B Soc Sc - Social Work (UCT), MSW - Master in Social Work (UWC)
Trauma, loss & grief counsellor


Cape Talk Interview:

Click here to listen to Hilary on Cape Talk being interviewed on dealing with loss and grief on the Pippa Hudson show.

Cape Talk Interview With Pippa Hudson

What other clients say:

“Hilary made me feel as though what I was going through was normal. She is very compassionate during the consultations and suggested many tools to assist going forward.” – Annie

“I felt comfortable speaking to her. Hilary has the most wonderful disposition, I truly felt that I could discuss everything openly and honestly, something I won't normally do, she is a wonderful person.” – Jacky


Trauma Incidence Reduction qualified trainer (2015).

Master of Social Work (2011-2013), University of the Western Cape

Masters Thesis: 'Women's Experiences Encountering Loss and Grief in Nyanga, Western Cape.'

Bachelor of Social Science - Social Work (1970-1972) , University of Cape Town

Clinical Social Work


I have been a Grief, Loss and Trauma Counsellor and Trainer in Private Practice (since 2008).

I incorporate Trauma Incidence Reduction techniques when appropriate.

I have developed a group based workshop to be run in resource poor communities entitled "Managing Loss Grief and Continuous Trauma". It is designed for those who are unable to afford individual counseling. I train qualified Mental Health practitioners to run the course.

Social Worker at St Luke's Hospice (1991 - 2008)

I worked with patients registered at the Hospice on the ward and in their homes and was in charge of bereavement care for the families of patients. I recruited, trained and supervised a team of volunteers who assisted me in this work.

Professional Registration:

SACSSP (South African Council of Social Service Professionals) 10-15451

SAASWIPP (South African Association of Social Workers in Private Practice) 701540