Psychotherapeutic Counselling

in Kingston, Surrey

Counselling and Psychotherapy

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.

I hope the information you find on this website will help you decide whether counselling might help you at this time. 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.

What is Counselling?

Counselling affords you the time and space to talk in a therapeutic and confidential environment that is free from judgement. At a pace that suits you we can explore the issues that you are finding challenging and that may be leaving you feeling isolated, confused or overwhelmed. You will be heard and will have the opportunity to consider how you would like things to change as well as the options available to you to help make that change come about.

Counselling is not about offering advice but about gaining insight into your feelings and behaviours in order to understand them and move towards a happier, healthier more fulfilling life experience.

Why might you be considering counselling?

You may be thinking about counselling if you are experiencing a particularly difficult or challenging time. Issues that often bring people into counselling include the ending of a relationship, bereavement, work related problems, family conflicts.

Alternatively you may have noticed patterns of behaviour that are impacting on your quality of life or limiting your choices.

It might also be the case that your GP has suggested counselling to help deal with a diagnosis of depression or physiological symptoms that have no apparent cause.

Counselling can help you work with the issues as well as the related feelings that might include sadness, stress, anxiety and low self-esteem.

Linda Wilkes – Counselling and Psychotherapy

Linda Wilkes

Qualifications

  • BA Hons (1st Class) Integrative-Relational Counselling
  • B Ed Hons Primary Education
  • I am committed to furthering my own personal development and have recently completed courses on Mindfulness, counselling children in schools and attachment.
  • I receive regular, ongoing supervision.

Experience

I am currently working in private practice. My previous experience includes:-

  • 2 years working in an NHS setting.
  • 5 years working for a dedicated counselling service in Epsom, Surrey.
  • 1 year counselling in school, working for a national charity.
  • 20 years working in primary education as a teacher, Deputy Headteacher and Headteacher.

Issues worked with

  • Abuse
  • Adoption
  • Anger management
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment disorder
  • Bereavement
  • Bullying
  • Child related issues
  • Depression
  • Gender issues
  • Infertility
  • Low self-confidence
  • Low self-esteem
  • OCD
  • Personality disorders
  • Relationship issues
  • Sexuality
  • Stress
  • Trauma
  • Work related issues
Adoption Support

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
People gain so much hope when they know they are not experiencing something alone.
– Joyce Rupp

Fees

I offer an initial consultation for a reduced fee of £25. During this session we can discuss what brings you to counselling and you can consider how comfortable you feel working with me. There is no obligation to continue after this session. Should you choose to continue subsequent sessions are charged at £45 for 50 minutes. I have a limited number of places available at a reduced fee for those on lower incomes or students.

 

 

Contact Me

Please feel free to contact me by phone - +44(0)7963 623 258 or use contact form below.