Making a difference with treatment that works!
Martin Wilks, Chartered Psychologist, Registered Counselling Psychologist, Coaching Psychologist & Mindfulness teacher
MSc.Couns Psych, Dip.Couns. Psych, Dip. PC Counselling :
is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist, Associate fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS), a Senior Practitioner member of the register of Psychologists specialising in Psychotherapy (ROPSIP) and is a registered applied psychology practice supervisor (RAPPS).
He has more than 20 years experience of helping clients in a variety of contexts, from a wide range of ages, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds. Having accumulated 16 years experience in the development, management and supervision of counselling services in a frontline London, public-sector institution he now works independently offering counselling, psychotherapy, coaching, mediation, supervision, training and mentoring.
“Although I now find myself at the cutting edge of contemporary developments in behaviour change therapy I still rely essentially on the healing power of establishing a genuine person-to-person, heart-to-heart relationship. The rapidly developing ‘3rd wave’ of the CBT tradition (In which I specialise and teach) honours the values of my earlier humanistic training, integrates the insights and practices from my involvement with the ‘mindfulness and acceptance’ traditions, and encourages me to conduct myself as a ’scientist practitioner’. This is key to providing all of my clients with evidence-based treatment; in other words, working with what works.”
Working with individuals, couples, personal development groups or corporate groups – and whether the format is: counselling/psychotherapy, mentoring, supervision, coaching, mediation or conflict resolution – the intended, collaborative outcome is to improve and enrich the life of the individuals concerned.
Martin can quote many specialist areas – mainly due to extensive frontline experience. They include:
- Childhood abuse/neglect
- Personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Parenting issues
- Smoking cessation
- Eating mindfully
- Life transitions
- Career changes
- Work related issues
- Sleep problems
- Work with men
- Panic disorder
- Managing anger
- Trauma / PTSD
- Chronic pain management
- ME / CFS management
However, he doesn’t narrowly categorise individuals’ needs according to issues because he works with people, not diagnoses and believes that a successful outcome is best achieved through tailoring differing psychological techniques & practices according to individual need.
At the core of most emotional and psychological problems there is psychological inflexibility. Leading to a narrowing of behavioural repertoires in certain trigger situations; such patterns are often based upon early personal history. Martin offers techniques and ways of being which enhance psychological flexibility thus enabling a client to try out new behaviours which move them in meaningful and valued directions.
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