Kirsty Bilski MA, MA, MBACP (Accred.) FHEA
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. I have an MA in Consultative Supervision as well as an MA in Counselling Children and Young People and extensive experience working as a school based counsellor in Wales. I welcome opportunities to facilitate group supervision as well as supervising on an individual basis. I am committed to continual professional development and continue to study towards a PhD also with the University of South Wales Newport. I am a Director of The Way Forward Centre for training and professional development and offer training to counsellors and psychotherapists as well as CPD opportunities. For information on training available please visit www.wayforwardcentre.com
APPROACH TO SUPERVISION
My approach to supervision is aimed at helping supervisees to work at relational depth with their clients. I pay particular attention to the quality of the relationship and the transferential material available both in and out of awareness. I consider our unconscious experiencing to be of particular significance in how we develop relationship and manage each therapeutic encounter. I offer a comfortable and calm space which is sensitively held, and aim to help new counsellors develop their skills safely and ethically whilst also working with more experienced therapists as a sounding board for continued development and practice awareness. My work is guided by BACP Ethical awareness and I keep up to date with developments in lawful process and practice procedures.
I am an integrative therapist and use a wide variety of counselling theory to inform my practice including Person Centred, Gestalt, Existentialism, Social Constructivism, Psychodynamic, Transpersonal and am developing towards more Pluralistic approaches. I am familliar with most of the approaches taught in universities including Lapworth & Sills and the RIM Model (Faris & Els Van Oijen 2012). I am particularly creatiive in my approach to counselling and supervision, you would be welcome to use sandtray and various art materials in expressing your counselling experience. I am sensitive to the fact that not everyone enjoys these approaches so it would be entirely up to you, purely talking through your experiences will be valued here too. However those that do enjoy creativity will feel very at home in this space.
In my apporach to supervision I also draw from The 7 Eyed Model (Hawkins & Shohet 2012), The 3 step Model (Els Van Oijen 2013), and the Cyclical Model (Page & Wosket 2015).
I charge £55 per hour (£82.50 for 90 Minutes)
I offer discounts for students enrolled on a recognised counselling course or qualified counsellors who are working towards gaining their accreditation hours through voluntary work.
SUPERVISION IN AN ORGANISATIONAL SETTING
Invoices can be raised with ease, if you require further information on invoicing and payment procedures for supervision please contact me. Contracts regarding working with organisational employees are negotiated independently of the employee and include terms and conditions surrounding confidentiality, sharing information, safe and ethical practice as well as invoicing and payment agreements.
I have a wide range of experience working with clients of all ages from the very young to the more mature. 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), sexuality and identity, and relationships Also: Bereavement & Loss, Anxiety & Stress, Depression or Low Mood, Chronic, Life Limiting or Terminal illness, Disability, Self Confidence & Self Esteem, Self Harm, Drug & Alcohol Issues, Identity, Sexuality & Gender, Physical & Emotional Trauma, Relationship Difficulties, Bullying or Harassment, Work Place Difficulties, Family Relationships or Difficulties, Attachment & Separation Issues, Behaviour Difficulties, Anger Management, Abuse, Domestic Violence, Pregnancy & Abortion, Female Issues, Body Image, Behavioural difficulties, Difficult Decisions, Life Changes, Personal/ Professional Growth, Independence & Developing Autonomy, Trauma, Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse. This list is not exhaustive but gives an idea of the extent of my experience
After gaining substantial experience working with adults I then began working with a younger client group through volunteering for a children's charity based in Bristol. I then worked extensively across schools in Somerset followed by a move to South Wales in 2009 where I became a school based counsellor and continued to work in primary and secondary school settings. 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 run a number of sandtray courses from The Way Forward Centre. If the course dates are not suitable for you then please contact me, as long as you are able to get a group of a minimun of 4 people together I will book a suitable date with you. I can also build the content to your specific requirements.
Introduction to using Sandtray in Counselling
Available to all practitioners who want to use sandtray safely, whether you currently work with adults or children and young people. This course will provide you with a background understanding of the theory behind the approach as well as the practical skills to get started. You will learn how to begin using sandtray as a part of your current practice and build experience through experiential practice with other members on the course. Sandtray is a powerful tool and there is a requirement that attendees recognise they may be emotionally stimulated by the content in sandtrays, by aspects shared by others and by their own process.
Using Sandtray in Supervision
This course builds on the Introduction and Advanced Courses, it is for supervisors who wish to work safely with sandtray in a supervisory capacity. This is for established supervisors who have received previous supervision training and are specifically aware of the 7 Eyed Model (Hawkins & Shohet 2012), along with other supervision theory. There is a requirement for attendees to have attended the previous 2 days training although, where you already have a working knowledge of sandtray then this may be waived on a case by case basis. The course considers exploring case presentation in a sandtray, thinking about safeguarding and protection issues as well as ethical and safe practice. Awareness of the significant differences between using a sandtray therapeutically and in a supervision capacity will also be explored.
For further information on supervision or training please telephone 07971 264251 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
MBACP Accreditation - March 2012
BACP Register of Counsellors & Psychotherapists: Certificate Number: 025922
Mphil/PhD Counselling Jan 2015 - 2020 (Current)
MA Consultative Supervision 2014 - 2015 (Current)
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)
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
COUNSELLING ROOMS & ACCESSABILITY
The facilities at Tawe Business Village are comfortable and very spacious, ideal for training experiences. The surroundings are peaceful and there is a lake and park situated opposite if you want to walk and reflect during training days or following supervision.There is parking immediately outside although there is more availability for groups to park over a Saturday and Sunday, which is why training tends to be scheduled for weekends. For supervisees wishing to park in order to attend supervision there is ample designated parking immediately outside of Way Forward Counselling Services.
These rooms are on the first floor and although there is a ramp to the front door and downstairs disabled bathroom facilities, you would need to be able to climb one flight of stairs. However, once in the room you would find it a lovely calming and spacious experience. If mobility is an issue for you the proximity of the parking will be helpful as it is literally only a few steps from the front door. If you are not sure if you would be able to access these rooms then please give me a call and I can help you decide, I will do all that I can to meet your needs.