Kirsty Bilski MA, MA, MBACP (Accred.) FHEA
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 feel privileged to be alongside people through their therapeutic journey and to witness their individual healing, emotional growth and the changes they may choose to invite.
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. Counselling involves a process of engaging in talking together in a comfortable and private environment where you will begin to unravel your story and to make sense of your difficulties over time.
The option to work creatively is also available for those who may choose to work this way, making use of art materials, clay and creative techniques including Sandtray and countless miniature objects. Sandtray is a powerful way of exploring your world which can lead to a deeper level of personal awareness which can't always be achieved through other approaches and is a well respected process for children, young people and adults. I deliver training in the use of sandtray in counselling, supervision and play therapy to allied professionals in Swansea. This approach to therapy is also central to my PhD studies. I adhere to the BACP ethical framework for the counselling professions (2016) and have been a BACP accredited practitioner since 2012. I continue to be committed to professional academic development through the University of South Wales, Newport where I teach student counsellors and play therapists as a visiting lecturer. I also teach on the Level 4 Diploma in Counselling Practice at Coleg Gwent in 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 (Doctorate) with the University of South Wales.
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
Fellowship of Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2016
Registered with the Education Workforce Council (EWC) 2017
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. 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), Gender, 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 Founding 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 office is easily accessible to disabled clients and located close to the centre of Swansea with parking immediately outside (further parking is available in the locality and to the rear of the building. I have been a Licensed Foster Carer and therefore have a keen interest in the well being of Looked After Children (LAC) and welcome working with children and young people currently in Foster Care.
My professional development continues with my commitment to teaching the newest generation of counsellors and therapists. As a part of my PhD studies I teach, on a visiting basis, for the University of South Wales. I also teach in further education for Coleg Gwent in Newport and deliver the Level 4 Counselling Practice Diploma. In addition I continue to keep a busy caseload of clients and allied professionals who seek supervision.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
WORKING CREATIVELY WITH SANDTRAY
I also use an approach to counselling called 'sandtray' to work creatively with clients of all ages. it is up to you if you would like to do this or not however this approach can be 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.
PROFESSIONAL TRAINING SERVICES
I also Supervise other counsellors, information regarding supervision can also be obtained from my website. www.kirstybilski.co.uk or fromthe link on left hand side of this page.
I also run training courses for other counselling and psychotherapy pratitioners from Way Forward Counselling Services in Swansea, and allied professionals, in how to use sandtray. This process of working is also central to my current PhD studies.
I teach on various courses for the University of South Wales as an Hourly Paid Lecturer and for Coleg Gwent as a professional trainer.
The following are further aspects of my work
Relationship issues, anxiety, generalised anxiety, depression, family issues, relationship issues, postnatal depression, depression, separation and divorce, cross cultural relationships, abuse, anger management, bereavement, loss, low self-esteem, low self-worth, low self-confidence, counselling adults, child related issues, counselling children, counselling adolescents, counselling young people, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, Online counselling, telephone counselling, physical abuse, self harm, suicidal thoughts, work related stress, gender identity disorder, bullying, abortion, chronic pain, disability, terminal illness, cancer, redundancy, low mood, relationships, relational counselling, Looked after child, LAC, leaving care, emotional health, well being, counselling supervision, counsellor supervision, consultative supervision, supervision, counselling children & young people, counselling Swansea, counsellor Swansea, counselling services, counselling services Swansea. Way Forward Counselling Services Ltd.
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
- Psychoanalytic therapy
£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, Direct Credit or card machine (all major debit and credit cards accepted)
On-line or telephone 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. If you feel this may be an option for you then please let me know and I can discuss this option directly with you. The same fees apply for this approach.
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.
The counselling facilities are spacious, comfortable and beautiful but are on the first floor. As long as you are able to manage a flight of stairs with a solid handrail you will be able to access this room. There are designated parking spaces immediately outside the building, so there is no distance to walk. There is a ramp to the front door and disabled toilet facilities on the ground floor although you would need to remember there is a flight of stairs to manage. If you are concerned about whether these facilities are suitable for you then please feel free to contact Kirsty and discuss more fully.
There is designated parking immediatley outside the premises, the spaces are limited but well marked. You will need to put a permit on your dashboard which Kirsty will give you on arrival.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Sessions are available from Monday to 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 allied professionals working with either adults or children and young people.