Lindsay WildgustCounselling in Billericay

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Counselling for Adults, in person or online. Support when you need it. BACP accredited counsellor

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How are you doing?

  • When people ask you how you are, do you always answer "I'm fine" even though you know you're really not?
  • Do you feel like you are truly thriving or just existing?
  • Have you experienced a bereavement, a serious illness, divorce or relationship breakdown, life stage transition, the arrival of a baby, empty nest, retirement, increasing care responsibilities?

    Major changes and challenges happen to us all in life and sometimes navigating through them on your own is very difficult. I can offer you a space where you can answer the "how are you" question honestly, where I can support you as you work through the challenges you face.

  • Would you like to learn how to take better care of yourself?

    How would learning to be kinder, gentler and more compassionate with yourself impact your life? This is a key element of my work with clients which I find is a hugely important and very beneficial element of counselling. Improving clients awareness of how they look after themselves emotionally has a very positive impact on overall wellbeing.

    Would you like to make lasting changes in your life?

    Counselling can also help you begin to make real changes in your life. However, making these changes can often feel overwhelming and we can be held back by a sense of how we have failed to make and maintain changes in the past. Often we push hard for perfection and are too ambitious and punitive with ourselves; "I must stop this... I have to do more of this... I should give up..."
    Counselling can help you develop a gentler more compassionate relationship with yourself and this can lead to real lasting changes.

    A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. - Lao Tzu

    Why choose me?

    I am a warm and friendly BACP accredited counsellor working from a calm, comfortable therapy room in Wickford, Essex within easy reach of Billericay, Brentwood, Chelmsford, Wickford, Downham, Rettendon, The Hanningfields, Rayleigh, Benfleet, Leigh-on-Sea, South Woodham Ferrers and Danbury

    I would love the opportunity to work with you, to help you begin to understand yourself and any difficulties you are experiencing; to help you heal or recover from what is troubling you. I am an integrative counsellor which means my approach as a therapist is flexible and that each therapeutic relationship is unique and tailored to suit each client. I work with individuals on an open-ended basis or for an agreed time period, in person or online, with the aim of enabling you to learn how to deal with difficulties, enhance your wellbeing and live life more fully.

    Why am I a counsellor?

    I was drawn to become a counsellor because of how helpful I found counselling sessions when I was going through a tough time. It helped me get fresh perspective and understanding of my issues from someone outside my 'real' life. Opening up and exploring how difficult I was finding things and working out a way forward with my therapist's support was invaluable. In a confidential counselling relationship you can talk freely and openly about how life feels for you without worrying about the impact that might have on a friend or family member.

    My experience

    As a counsellor I have worked in hospital, hospice and private practice settings with a wide range of clients who have experienced difficulties with :

  • Bereavement and grief
  • Loss and change
  • Cancer and serious illness
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
    My work as a therapist also includes experience of the following issues:
  • Parenting issues
  • Self Esteem and confidence
  • Stress and coping skills
  • Chronic illness and chronic pain
  • Behavioural issues
  • Family conflict
  • Life Transitions
  • Relationship issues

  • In person or Online?

  • In person Therapy: Many people (myself included) prefer counselling sessions to take place in a room with another person away from the pressures of their home or work lives. Having this physical space to visit regularly can be very containing for clients, allowing them to "leave" some of what troubles them with their therapist, in the therapy room. However, as we have discovered during the pandemic, there are times when working in person isn't possible.

  • Online Therapy: There is a growing body of evidence that online therapy can be just as effective as face to face. As you might imagine, over the last few years I have done a huge amount of research, training and practice into online therapy. These were less than ideal circumstances in which to launch a new service but it was driven by my wish to continue to support the clients during that time.

  • Working online is also a great option for people who are unable to get out to counselling sessions due to ill health or treatment or care responsibilities. It also means clients who don't live in my area are able to access counselling with me.

  • Where do I work?

    My usual practice in Wickford is within easy reach of Billericay, Brentwood, Chelmsford, Wickford, Downham, Rettendon, East Hanningfield, Rayleigh, Benfleet, Leigh-on-Sea, South Woodham Ferrers and Danbury. See the How to find me page for further details.

    Next steps...

    Together we will explore your way forward. If it sounds like I might be the right counsellor for you then please ring or text to book in a free 20 minute call. We will begin to discuss why you are seeking counselling at this time and book in an initial assessment appointment to get a feel for whether we could work together. Approaching a counsellor can be nerve wracking but be assured I know this and will try and make the process as comfortable as possible for you. I have links with several other therapists in the Essex area so if my practice is full I am happy to refer you on to other professionals I have worked closely with. Alternatively I operate a waiting list if you really feel I am the right therapist for you. See my FAQs page for further details.

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