Dr Kasia Wilk - Chartered Counselling Psychologist; DCounsPsych; M.Sc; B.Sc
I help people overcome limitations, break out of old patterning, and step into their highest potential. I am keenly passionate about supporting and empowering everyone to live a meaningful, purpose-driven life. I work pluralistically with adults and couples using multiple modalities of psychotherapy. Of Polish descent, I have spent most of my life living and working in Canada, but also have professional experiences working in Kenya and the UK. My diverse professional and cultural experiences include providing counselling and psychotherapy, coaching, social and life skills support, capacity development, and undertaking research in psychology and culture.
Having worked in the helping professions for over fifteen years my foundation lies in the pluralistic approach of tailoring therapy to meet the unique needs of every client. I therefore integrate different models of person-centred, cognitive behavioural, solution focused, compassion focused, acceptance and commitment, or mindfulness based approaches depending on what is most effective and helpful. My core values include respecting individual diversity, establishing a collaborative therapeutic alliance, and offering a safe space for clients to share and work through their struggles in order to achieve their goals and live a meaningful, fulfilled life.
I am keenly passionate about facilitating the process of developing a healthy relationship with ourselves, the foundation from which all things are possible. I would welcome the opportunity to support you on your journey towards transformation and help you achieve the goals that lead to big breakthroughs. As an ethical practitioner all of my clinical work is supervised, further enhancing the safety, effectiveness and quality of my practice.
Areas of interest and expertise:
Self-worth and self-esteem issues, depression, anxiety, phobias, relationship and interpersonal conflicts, building capacity and life skills, personal development, coping strategies, anger management, addictions, eating disorders, integration issues, bereavement, trauma, stress reduction, life coaching.
HOW TO GET STARTED...
Simply send me an email (email@example.com) briefly sharing:
1. What you are struggling with.
2. What you hope to achieve from counselling / therapy (if you know this already).
3. Your availability for the forthcoming week.
Alternatively, you may also reach me on 07923241710 to discuss the above.
I am currently offering online sessions via Zoom during our period of lockdown due to COVID-19 and am happy to arrange a free initial consultation with you.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology
- Chartered Counselling Psychologist
- Health Care & Professions Council (HCPC) Registered Psychologist
- M.Sc (Transpersonal Psychology)
- B.Sc (Biopsychology, Honors Degree)
- Doctoral Researcher
- Certified Clinical Supervisor
My professional training includes holding a Bachelor’s Honors degree in Biopsychology and a Master’s degree in Transpersonal Psychology which have allowed me to understand the human psyche from both a scientific and more spiritual/holistic perspective. I have completed a Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology, and hold Chartered status with the British Psychological Society, and registration with the Health & Care Professions Council. I have received professional training in leadership and capacity development, and I continue to undergo personal and professional development seminars on a regular basis. I have also completed accredited BPS clinical supervision training and offer clinical supervision as well as therapy and coaching.
My work experiences in the UK include working within the NHS primary care system providing psychological services at Step 3 and Step 4 level of care for patients. I have also worked with international students at the University of Manchester Counselling Service where I have created a specialised service providing counselling, workshops, and individualised support meeting the unique adaptation challenges and needs of this at-risk client group. I was a part of the Oak Tree Institute for Personal and Professional Development for the last five years, supporting it's expansion within the UK.
Before moving to the UK, I worked in the social services sector in Canada providing critical life skills and psychosocial support to adults with developmental and learning disabilities, FASD, autism, and other complex issues. I have also provided mentorship to troubled youth, and empowered communities in Kenya through psychological support, capacity development, and advocacy for adults and young people facing issues of HIV/AIDS, drug abuse, unemployment, and poverty.
Research and publications:
Winter, L., Guo, F., Wilk, K., & Hanley, T. (2016). Difference and diversity in pluralistic counselling and psychotherapy. In M. Cooper & W. Dryden (Eds.), The Handbook of Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy. (pp. 275-287). London: SAGE.
Hanley, T., Jordan, C., & Wilk, K. (2014). Planning your research: Design, method and sample. In A.Vossler & N. Moller (Eds.), The Counselling and Psychotherapy Research Handbook. (pp. 88-100). London: SAGE.
Wilk, K. (2014). Using a pluralistic approach in counselling psychology and psychotherapy practice with diverse clients: Explorations into cultural and religious responsiveness within a Western paradigm. Counselling Psychology Review, 29(1), pp.16-28.
Suedfeld, P., Wilk, K., & Cassel, L. (2009). Flying with strangers: Postmission reflections of multinational space crews. In D. Vakoch (Ed.), Psychology of Space Exploration. (pp. 143-176). Washington, DC: NASA History Series.
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
British Psychological Society
British Psychological Society
Areas of counselling I deal with
£100 per 50min session - Individuals
£120 per 50min session - Couples
I offer discounts when purchasing sessions upfront in blocks of 10 (£15 off per session); or 20 (£30 off per session).
We grow up with all sorts of anxieties, judgements, and negative perceptions that really shape the way we experience life. I know I did. In fact, that's what led me to become a Counselling Psychologist, because I know just how powerful our thoughts are, and how we can learn to break free of debilitating anxiety by becoming conscious of these patterns and stories that hold us back.
I've created an online programme that allows you to access the most powerful tools I share with my clients to take control of your mindset and experience the freedom that comes with letting go of fear, worry, doubt, and panic. This programme takes you through a process of transformation that will provide powerful results with lifetime access to the teachings. Find out more at: