Heidi Wilke MBACP PG-Dip
Abbey Mill Business Centre
I offer counselling because I believe in its benefits and I find working with people fulfilling. I am inspired by the human spirit, which I know has the capacity to grow in strength, brightness and in any direction it chooses given the right circumstances.
Our routes through life vary greatly from person to person. Some of us seem to strike it lucky, encountering only moderate obstacles on life’s journey. Others have it a lot tougher, with lives littered with trauma, abuse and injustice, and at some point all of us experience judgement, change and loss. Whatever reason it is you are looking for a counsellor, I will offer my presence and attention as you navigate through or explore your own unchartered territories, providing you with a safe space to do so. I work in a non-pathologising way with gender, sexual and relational diversity.
Since qualifying as a counsellor in 2012, I have developed a particular interest in how our childhood relationships and experiences shape how we are in the world as adults. These are often at the core of ‘issues’ brought to counselling such as anxiety, anger and depression and can affect things like our adult relationships, how we respond to situations and how resilient we are. I am also struck with the power of narrative and how we use it to frame and make sense of our lives.
I have learned we are creatures of story and the perspective in which we look back over our histories can make a difference to how we experience life. Something powerful can happen in the counselling space when we are able to look at earlier chapters of our lives and retrospectively offer compassion to ourselves. Our past mistakes or difficult experiences can be seeds for growth at any time when nourished with understanding and glimpses of the bigger picture. These shifts in perspective together with the strength and depth of a good counselling relationship can enable us to write our future narrative in a way more authentic and in line with how we want it to be.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and have experience working in Glasgow colleges and a generic counselling agency, as well as managing a school-based counselling project. Therefore as well as working with adults, I have had a lot of training and experience working one-to-one with children and offer counselling for under-12s following a play therapy model.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
My fees are £40 per session for adults, but offer an initial consultation for £25 to see if we are able to work together, as it is important that you feel comfortable with me and that we are the right ‘fit’. I place a great deal of emphasis on ‘relationship’ as this is the essence of my work.
For work with children my fees are £50 per hour, but can offer a reduced rate in some circumstances. For children there will be an assessment period of four-to-six sessions.
There is ample free parking near the counselling room and disabled access.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Monday evening; Wednesday afternoon and evening; Thursday daytime and evening; Friday and Saturday daytime.
Types of client