Research & Publications
On this page you can download Pdf documents relating to Academic work completed by Kirsty Bilski, as well as links to other publications:
Kirsty Bilski is currently completing a 5 year PhD process which is due to end 2020. Further information regarding associated publications will be highlighted here.
MA Counselling Children & Young People 2013: HOW MIGHT UNDERSTANDING THE COMPLEX DYNAMICS AND TENSIONS BETWEEN RELATEDNESS AND AUTONOMY DEVELOPMENT IN ADOLESCENCE INFORM COUNSELLING?
Book Publication: My Angel Tree 2008 ISBN:1-906358-10-9 Published by Apex Publishing Ltd
Brief Description: In April 2000, Kirsty Bilski’s life couldn’t have been happier. It was a time of celebration and the start of a new life and brighter future for her and her new husband, Jerzy, together with her three children from her previous marriage, Jessica, Gemma and Stewart. Six months later, however, her family’s world was shaken to its very core when Jessica, at the tender age of ten, was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of liver cancer.
This is the heart-rending story of Jessica’s courageous journey through her illness, told through the eyes of her mother, who travelled alongside her daughter every step of the way, refusing to give up hope and guiding her with an incredible honesty that allowed Jessica to make important decisions about her own care, the most harrowing of all coming with the acceptance that she was going to die and that pursuing further treatment was not going to save her.
There are highs, such as family holidays and meeting Myleene Klass, who dedicated her debut album to Jessica’s memory, and there are extreme lows as Jessica, in February 2002, finally loses her fight for life in the beautiful and supportive surroundings of Little Bridge House Children’s Hospice. Jessica was an inspirational child who touched the hearts of many during her short lifetime, and she will continue to do so through this moving tribute
About the Author: As the mother of three beautiful children, Kirsty worked in various administrative roles to support her young family, and in April 2000 the happiness of her family unit was restored when she married for the second time. Six months later, however, this was all snatched away when her eldest daughter, Jessica, became tragically ill and ultimately lost her fight against cancer. The enormity of Kirsty’s loss was overwhelming and writing My Angel Tree has been part of her own healing process. The life-changing experience of losing her daughter made Kirsty determined to make a difference, leading her to return to college as a mature student, where she completed a Foundation Degree and continued to study an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling. She now works with people suffering from emotional turmoil, helping them to make sense of their lives and find their own positive ways forward. Jessica remains her truest inspiration and the experience of her loss is central to her abilities as a counsellor.