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Wendy Jilley

BA(Hons), Adv Dip Integrative Counselling, UKCP Reg

Religon: Buddhism
Languages spoken: English

Specialisms include:

  • Holistic Therapy
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
  • Integrative Counselling, Mindfulness based

Hourly rate: GBP40.00

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I have been working for several years as a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, working both long-term and short-term with individuals and couples.  My background was in Psychology, and for as long as I can remember I have been interested in the inner world and in understanding myself and others.  I came from a family where appearances were important and you were supposed to wear a smile even if you didn't feel happy, and I remember having frequent reminders to 'cheer up' which, as a teenager, made me even more remose.  I was searching for something spiritually and I discovered meditation, and tried to apply my skill to myself when my marriage broke up when I was only 23, however it didn't seem to 'work' at this time and I was lucky enough shortly after to meet a Buddhist meditation teacher who impressed me enough for me to go on a retreat.  He showed me to my room and asked how I was and my automatic reply was 'Fine, thanks'.  He walked across the room and came back and asked the exact same question, looking me directly in the eyes.  What I saw then was such sadness (and I realised later he was mirroring my own sadness) that I began to cry.  He put his hand on my shoulder and said 'Let it come', and this was the beginning of my healing.  His compassion and calmness were qualities that I wanted to develop in myself and to offer to others because I knew how much I had been helped.  I have done many courses over the years, including a course in the Hakomi Method, which is a mindfulness-based body-centred psychotherapy, and am currently taking part in an online course in compassion, based on non-violent communication, which is influencing how I work with clients to help improve both their own self esteem through self compassion and their communication skills with others.


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