Lindsay WildgustCounselling in Billericay

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Hello, I'm Lindsay and I am a qualified, BACP accredited counsellor who works with adult individuals of all ages. I am passionate about the work I do and regard it as a real honour and a privilege to work alongside my clients as they improve their sense of themselves, their relationships and make peace with issues that may have been a lifelong problem.

I would describe my style as integrative which simply means I have a tool kit of ideas and techniques which I draw upon to tailor sessions to suit individual clients. I find it helpful to explore stories and themes from a client's past as this often unlocks understanding of certain patterns of behaviour or relating that are causing the client difficulty in the present.

Alongside my private practice I work as a counsellor for a national cancer charity in a hospital setting. In this role I work with a highly diverse client group experiencing a wide range of difficulties from needing emotional support through cancer treatment to bereavement and terminal diagnosis. In my hospital role I offer online mindfulness workshops for patients and staff and co-facilitate a longer in person mindfulness course. I also teach courses designed to help clinical staff with communication challenges.

As part of my counselling training I volunteered at a local hospice working in their family support team with bereaved clients.

I also work part-time as a primary school teacher where my focus is on teaching wellbeing. I facilitate a children's wellbeing council in a local school and we have run workshops for the other children. I have written a spiral wellbeing curriculum which I deliver to the whole school each half term. I offered a weekly online support and wellbeing sessions for staff during the pandemic. I have also run an in person a self-care workshop for a local WI group.

Improving self-care and wellbeing runs through everything I now do. I have a personal interest in mindfulness and have found it very helpful in my own life as well as in client work.

My Qualifications

  • BACP Accredited member
  • CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
  • CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education
  • BA Hons English, German and Psychology

  • Continual Professional Development Courses


  • How to Facilitate Groups, Online Events
  • Parents as Couples, Couples as Parents, Tavistock training
  • Recharge: Journalling for nurture and self care, Online Events
  • Psychoeducation Tools in Counselling, Deep Release
  • Mindful Self Compassion, Macmillan professionals online 6 week course
  • Introduction to Walking Therapy
  • Moving Your Practice Online, The Online Therapy Institute (short course)
  • Going Online in Times of Crisis, Open University
  • Working with Russian Dolls, Deep Release
  • Using Drawing Pictures and Fairy Tales in Counselling, Deep Release
  • Working Creatively with Transactional Analysis in Counselling, Deep Release
  • ACT 100 Key Points and Techniques,
  • Working Creatively with the Inner Child in Counselling, Deep Release
  • Attachment Behaviour in the Counselling Room, Deep Release
  • Supporting People Bereaved by Covid, 8 week course, Online Events
  • A Day on Behaviour Change, The Weekend University, University of Greenwich
  • Attachment & Psychotherapy, The Weekend University, University of London
  • End of Life Care Conference, St Luke's Hospice
  • A Day on Neuroscience, The Weekend University, University of London
  • Connecting with Shame - A relational approach, led by Alan Leach
  • Trauma, the brain and recovery, Mind Body Breakthrough
  • Mindful Compassion 8 week course, Macmillan Counselling
  • BACP event: Bridging the gap
  • De-Mystifying Mindfulness by Leiden University, Coursera, online.
  • BACP Private Practice Conference. Loss: what does life mean for me now?
  • Interpreting in a Mental Health Context, St Francis Hospice
  • Coping with Crisis, Grief Journey Essex, Dr Bill Webster
  • Bereavement Support following Suicide, Grief Journey Essex, Dr Bill Webster
  • Sexual Violence & Child Sexual Abuse: Dispelling the Myths Conference, Centre for Action on Rape & Abuse
  • Introduction to Art Therapy Workshop, St Francis Hospice
  • Culturally Competent Palliative & End of Life Care for LGBT People, St Francis Hospice
  • Bereavement Service Volunteer Training, St Francis Hospice
  • Assessing Risk: Learning to talk about suicide, Logos Therapy Services

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