I’ve been working in the field of mental health and well-being since the late 80’s. I qualified as a person-centred Counsellor in 1993, completed a Masters in Counselling Psychology in 1998, and became a Chartered Psychologist in 2002.
I’ve been a mindfulness teacher since the late 80’s and my practice – whether as a counsellor, psychotherapist, CBT therapist, life-coach, group trainer, mediator – or as a parent, musician or guy around town – is intimately informed by this approach.
I owe much to two peer learning communities: co-counselling, and the buddhist sangha – they offered structure, inspiration and support during a period of intensive personal development in earlier life. Also, to many hundreds of prisoners at HMP Brixton with whom I worked whilst managing counselling services there between 1994-2010 who demonstrated to me the effects of childhood abuse & emotional deprivation and also the extent to which warmth, loving kindness and respectful attention can start off a healing process.
I feel privileged to have been able to support myself and family without losing my independent practitioner status; though this can sometime feel a solitary path, opportunities such as working at Quay place alongside fellow well-being practitioners encourage a sense of solidarity, and common purpose.
Extensive frontline experience, alongside many years of on-going professional development training have equipped me with a wide variety of treatment specialisms – too much to include here. But you’re welcome to visit my website: www.martinwilks.com for more information on how and what I might help you with.