Kirsty Bilski MA, MA, MBACP (Accred.) FHEA
146 - 147 St Helen's Road
01792 720477 / 07971 264251
I am a BACP Accredited Counsellor & Psychotherapist, and Qualified Supervisor. I have extensive experience counselling Adults, Children and Young People and aim to provide a therapeutic experience characterised by acceptance, genuine warmth and understanding within a safe and confidential setting. As an integrative counsellor I combine a variety of theoretical approaches which enables me to be flexible to your individual needs.
I offer a gentle approach which pays close attention to your individual story, allowing you to explore your difficulties whilst experiencing sensitivity, respect and valuing. The option to work creatively is also available, being particularly useful with younger clients, making use of art materials and creative techniques including Sandtray (See towards the end of this information for more on sandtray). I adhere to the BACP ethical framework for good practice in counselling and continue to be committed to professional academic development through the University of South Wales, Newport.
I have an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling which was achieved at the Iron Mill Institute (Now The Iron Mill College) in Exeter, which was a BACP accredited qualification. Following this I obtained an MA in Counselling Children & Young People and an MA in Consultative Supervision. I am currently studying towards a PhD.
Please explore my counselling websites KirstyBilski.co.uk and also Way Forward Counselling Services for a fuller explanation of my theoretical approach.
I am also a BUPA Recognised Provider http://finder.bupa.co.uk/go/mrs_kirsty_bilski
Training, qualifications & experience
MBACP Accreditation - March 2012
BACP Register of Counsellors & Psychotherapists: Certificate Number: 025922
Mphil/PhD Counselling Jan 2015 - 2020 (Current)
MA Consultative Supervision 2015
PG Dip Consultative Supervision
University of South Wales Newport - 2014
MA Counselling Children & Young People
University of South Wales Newport - 2013
PG Dip Counselling Children & Young People
University of South Wales Newport - 2012
Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling
The Iron Mill Institute, Exeter 2008 BACP Accredited
Foundation Degree in Heath & Social Care (Distinction)
Plymouth University Somerset College, Taunton 2005 with Counselling Skills (FdA)
CPCAB Level 2 Cert in Counselling Skills
Plymouth University Somerset College, Taunton 2005
CPCAB Level 3 Cert in Counselling Studies
Plymouth University Somerset College, Taunton 2005
I have a wide range of experience working with clients of all ages over the last 12 years, from the very young to the more mature.
My professional career has included supporting vulnerable adults experiencing housing need, the rehabilitation of adult survivors of serious mental health difficulties, adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, as well as those suffering from chronic or terminal illness. I have also worked with adults suffering from a full and diverse range of emotional difficulty including for example bereavement and complicated grief, anxiety and stress, work related iissues, womens issues, family problems (from the perspectives of both adults and children), sexuality and identity, and relationships.
After gaining substantial experience working with adults I then began working with a younger client group through volunteering for 'Help Counselling 9 - 25 year olds', a children's charity based in Bristol. I then gained employment working extensively across schools in Somerset followed by a move to South Wales in 2009 where I joined Neath Port Talbot CBC as a part of the Welsh Government School Based Counselling Strategy. Here I worked in a number of secondary and primary schools across Neath Port Talbot. My work in schools came to an end in 2014 in favour of working privately with adults and children in the Swansea area, and commitment to further academic study. I am now the owner and Director of Way Forward Counselling Services in Swansea, www.wayforwardcounselling.com , we provide counselling and psychotherapy to adults children and young people. I run a team of Associate Counsellors and professionals and collectively we offer a wide range of therapeutic interventions for the whole family from individual work to couples and family work.
My private practice office is easily accessible to disabled clients and located close to the centre of Swansea with parking immediately outside. I am also a Licensed Foster Carer and have a keen interest in the well being of Looked After Children (LAC), I therefore welcome working with children and young people currently in Foster Care.
I am currently working on a PhD within the school of psychology, early years and therapeutic studies at the University of South Wales in Newport
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Child related issues
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I also Supervise other counsellors, information regarding supervision can also be obtained from my website. www.kirstybilski.co.uk or from the 'find a supervisor' section of the counselling directory:
If you have any questions regarding supervision then please contact me
WORKING CREATIVELY WITH SANDTRAY
I also use an approach to counselling called 'sandtray' to work creatively with some clients, it is up to you if you would like to do this or not however some clients really find this work very beneficial. It makes use of an expansive collection of miniature objects which can be placed in the sand to represent aspects of your world. Through carefully working with the images and dynamics of the sandtray you may be able to gain new perspective on your personal situation. This approach is used with adults, children and young people. Please feel free to ask more questions about sandtray.
I also run training courses for other counselling and psychotherapy pratitioners in how to use sandtray in counselling. This process of working is also central to my current PhD studies.
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Swansea, Llanelli, Pontarddulais, Neath, Port Talbot, Carmarthen, Morriston, Gowerton, Ammanford, Gorseinon, Cardiff, Newport, West Glamorgan, Glamorgan, The Mumbles, Brigend, Porthcawl, Merthyr Tydfil, Carmarthenshire, Brecon, Pembrokeshire, Powys, Wales, Carmarthenshire, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Pembrokeshire, Neath Port Talbot.
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Existential therapy
- Family/systemic therapy
- Gestalt therapy
- Humanistic therapies
- Interpersonal therapy
- Other therapies
- Person-centred therapy
- Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
£55 per hour - face to face counselling
Payment must be made in advance of sessions or at the beginning of each session.
Payment accepted by Cash, Cheque or Direct Credit
On-line Counselling is becoming more popular, especially for clients who have a busy working schedule, travel around a lot or are unable to attend for face to face sessions due to mobility issues.
I offer online or telephone counselling, if you feel this may be an option for you then please let me know and I can discuss this option directly with you.
Sessions are offered at the Way Forward Counselling Services Rooms in St Helen's Road Swansea. Please visit the contact page on either of the following websites for full directions, a map and a photo of the front of the building.
Disabled clients will find access to my office easy, there is a ramp leading from the car park up to the front entrance and my room is situated close to the entrance on the ground floor. Therefore easily accessible for clients in wheelchairs and those with decreased mobility.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Sessions are available from Monday - Saturday, daytime and evening. Please telephone, text or e-mail to discuss a session time that would be suitable for you.
Types of client
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Supervision & training
As a BACP Accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist, and Qualified Supervisor, I offer supervision to counsellors and professionals working with either adults or children and young people.View supervision profile