Being Well in Suffolk

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Martin Wilks

Chartered Psychologist & Mindfulness teacher

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I work with mindfulness as a catalyst for personal and societal change. Cultivating a more mindful way of being with ourselves, each other, & our environment; as a local and a global community working towards pro-social, cultural evolution

About Me

I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist, Associate fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS), and a senior Mindfulness teacher

I have 3 decades 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 HMP Brixton, London - where I also worked in the chaplaincy as Buddhist Minister - I now work here in Suffolk as a psychologist in independent practice offering counselling, psychotherapy, CBT, ACT, coaching, mediation, supervision, training and mentoring. 

I am passionate about mindfulness in both my personal and professional life. I began teaching secular mindfulness on the summer camps and festivals scene in the late 80’s, developed it’s clinical application in the prison sector throughout the 90’s, and I’m now internationally recognised as a “peer-reviewed ACT trainer” - Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, ACT, being a cutting edge integration of mindfulness into the therapy/coaching process. 

One to one, I work with a broad range of presenting issues - ACT is a trans-diagnostic approach that has ample empirical evidence base showing effectiveness with the majority of mental health conditions as well as being an effective approach for high-end coaching.

I relish working with groups of people - whether teaching mindfulness or ACT; or entertaining as a musician, singer & performer - I love to catalyse the “we” experience. I am deeply involved in a community building approach towards developing a more mindful way of being with each other -  as a local and a global community working towards pro-social cultural change.

For more information on my journey to here and now, here's a link to my 'about me' page on my Flexible Psychological Solutions business website

How I Work

Practitioners within the BWIS group have differing skillsets and approaches. This tab refers to the individual’s ways of working rather than the group as a whole.

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 as a clinician and trainer) honours the values of my earlier humanistic training, integrates the insights and practices from my involvement with the ‘mindfulness, acceptance & compassion’ traditions, and encourages me to conduct myself as a ’scientist practitioner’. This is key to providing all of my clients with an evidence-based treatment; in other words, working with what works.

In working locally with groups I aim towards building a self-sustaining community of like-minded mindfulness practitioners. To support this aim I supplement my professional (MBSR/MBCT) standard 8 week mindfulness training courses (6 per year) with ongoing opportunities for monthly 'drop-in' group practice sessions and day retreats (3 per year) and longer residential mindfulness retreats in nature (2 per year)

Fees and Costs

The BWIS group pages define the costs for events and services on the relevant pages. This page describes the fees and costs for this individual team member ONLY. Other team members may have different costs and fees.

One to one work:

Assessment fees: I charge £50 – that’s just over half my standard hourly fee – for an initial assessment meeting. I think of it as a mutual assessment, each of each other, and to check out if it feels right to work together. It’s also the time for me to assess whether I genuinely think I can offer the right sort of assistance for the kind of challenges you are seeking to address.

Ongoing sessional fee: Thereafter, if we decide to work together, my fee is £90 per meeting for self-funding clients. I am an approved and registered service provider for most health insurance companies and in these cases fees are often set by the company’s expectations of the going rate for a psychologist’s consultation. I ask you not to quote the rates I offer to self-funding clients if you are intending to seek health insurance or other institutional assistance because – in many cases – that may result in insurance companies offering me ‘below market’ rates; this in turn would undermine my ongoing ability/willingness to be flexible with my fees.
Many insurance companies will charge you an annual Excess fee – they expect me to collect it and will deduct it from reimbursing my fees if I fail to do so! I will ask you clarify what is that excess fee and to settle up with me over the first two weeks.

Sliding scale fees: Self-funding people who – in circumstances of genuine financial hardship – cannot afford my full fee can engage with my sliding scale. We can have a more detailed dialogue about this and many other matters at the assessment meeting.

Couples/Family:

In this case my standard fee is £110 - with similar caveats to the above

Group training:

The 8 week course is currently offered at early bird, £230 - full fee, £260

The drop-in groups are £7 per evening with significant reductions for 6 monthly commitment

Retreats work out around £60 per day and frequently include gourmet meals

Martin is involved with the following events as part of the Being Well in Suffolk team.

Day Retreat for Mindfulness
Deepening in practice - a day of sustained engagement
A day for coming back to yourself
2018 Nov 03
Sat - 10:00 to 17:00

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