Dr Kasia Wilk - Chartered Counselling Psychologist; DCounsPsych; M.Sc; B.Sc
Didsbury Counselling & Therapy Centre
212a Burton Road
(0044) 7923 241710
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 children, young people and adults 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 thirteen 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
We will then meet for an initial meeting, to discuss your concerns and a plan forward!
Alternatively, you may also reach me on 07923241710 to discuss the above.
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)
- Consultant Psychotherapist
- 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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Couples counselling
- Family/systemic therapy
- Gestalt therapy
- Humanistic therapies
- Interpersonal therapy
£100/50min session - Individuals
£110/50min session - Couples, children, and families
I offer discounts when purchasing sessions in blocks. I also have a limited number of reduced fee places available for individuals facing financial hardship.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays
Types of client
Supervision & training
I have completed BPS Accredited Supervisor Training and offer clinical and counselling supervision to counsellors, therapists, and psychologists, in person or online. .