Linda Wilkes BA (hons) Registered MBACP

Linda Wilkes BA (hons) Registered MBACP

Kingston Upon Thames
KT1

07963 623258

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Kingston Upon Thames
KT1

07963 623258

About me

If you are experiencing a difficult or distressing time in your personal or working life it can help to talk with a qualified psychotherapeutic counsellor.

My name is Linda Wilkes and I am a qualified, experienced counsellor working in Kingston, Surrey. I provide a professional and confidential counselling service to adults, offering both short and long term counselling in a safe, accepting and supportive environment.

Here you can take the time and space you need to explore the questions, challenges and patterns of behaviour concerning you, in order that you might understand them better and grow through them to a more peaceful place that offers you more choices in life.

I am trained as an integrative-relational counsellor (BA support Hons 1st Class) which means I draw on a range of theories, including psychodynamic and humanistic, to support our work. This allows me to adapt my approach to suit your needs. I am a member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and am bound by their ethical framework and code of practice.

My practice, located in Kingston, is easily accessible and only a short walk or bus ride from both Kingston and Surbiton stations. It is served by a number of local buses and metered parking is also available.

Choosing a counsellor can feel daunting so please feel free to contact me with any questions or to arrange an initial consultation, after which there is no obligation to continue.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications

BA Hons (1st Class) Integrative-Relational Counselling.

BEd Hons Primary Education.

I am committed to furthering my own personal development and have recently completed courses on mindfulness, creative arts in therapeutic settings, counselling children in primary school, time limited therapy with teenagers and attachment.

I receive regular, ongoing supervision.

Experience

Currently I run my own practice and also work with teenagers in a school setting. My previous experience includes:-

2 years working in an NHS setting.

5 years working for a dedicated low cost counselling service in Epsom.

20 years working in primary education as a teacher, deputy headteacher and headteacher.

1 year counselling in a primary school, working for a national charity.

Member organisations

BACP

Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Adoption Support

As an individual, I have extensive personal experience of adoption and adoption-related issues. As a counsellor, I have gone on to develop my interest and knowledge of the field in order to offer specific support to adoptive parents, birth parents/relatives and adopted adults.

How might adoption support help you?

Issues relating to adoption are complex and ongoing. Here, in a supportive and understanding environment, you can explore the often unexpected, unpredictable, difficult and even disturbing thoughts and feelings impacting upon you. Having a conversation can help you address your fears and allow you to further develop and strengthen your resilience in dealing with them.
Perhaps experiences from your past are affecting your parenting now, whether you are an adopter, birth parent or adoptee. Together we can consider these experiences and build your inner resources for dealing with the everyday.
You might like to take time to look at ways of encouraging a healthy attachment between you and your child with someone who understands both the theory and, often harsh, reality that goes with nurturing such a relationship.
It can help to give voice to confused or unresolved thoughts around adoption, past or present, in your family.
With me, you can consider the practical issues and everyday situations that can arise relating to adoption and that can cause distress or isolation. Perhaps you are a parent struggling with the school system or perhaps you are finding it hard to manage your child’s behaviour. Whatever you are experiencing talking and exploring strategies can help.


Together we can look at the impact of adoption on your past, present and future relationships.

Fees

Initial consultation - £35.

Subsequent sessions are charged at £45 for 50 minutes.

I have a limited number places available at a reduced fee for those on lower incomes and students.

Further information

Code of Ethics

I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) I am bound by their codes and ethical frameworks for good practice. Furthermore, I carry professional liability insurance.

Member organisations

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

Maps & Directions

Kingston Upon Thames, KT1

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None

Availability

Daytime sessions Wednesday to Friday. Evening sessions may be negotiable.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults