Hello, I am guessing that as you are here, perhaps either you or someone close to you maybe experiencing some difficulties, and are wondering if Counselling could be a way forward for you.
If your difficulty is connected to past or present Abuse, Anxiety, Depression, Work related issues, Addictions: Alcohol/ illegal drugs (legal highs) /gambling or issues relating to your sexual identification, then perhaps I could be of help to you.
I have worked within the addiction field for the past 13 years and the last two years in private practice working with many clients, helping them to address differents issue such as Addictions, Depression, Anxiety, Low Self Esteem, Sexual problems, Work Related issues and so on.
For the past year I have been working as an affiliate Counsellor for an Employee Assistance Programme, where I have helped many clients address their issues make positive lifestyle changes and return to work successfully.
In December 2014 I began working in partnership with an LGBT Network offering Counselling and support to people presenting with varied issues relating to their sexuality.
My work is regulated by the British Association for Counselling and Psycotherapy, I work within their ethical framework and I am fully insured.
A BIT OF INFO ON THE COUNSELLING APPROACH I USE:
Humanistic Counselling recognises the uniqueness of every individual and assumes that everyone has an innate capacity to grow emotionally and psychologically towards the goals of self-actualisation and personal fulfilment, given the right conditions.
As a practicing Humanistic counsellor, I believe that it is not the events in your life that cause you problems, but how you view and therefore experience those events.
So, how we experience life events will have an impact on how we feel about ourselves and in turn, influence our self-esteem and confidence.
I will work with you in a way that you will feel encouraged to learn to understand how your negative responses to your life events can lead to psychological discomfort.
My aim will be to help you explore your own thoughts and feelings and for you to work out your own solutions to your problems.
Psychologist Carl Rogers developed one of the most commonly used humanistic therapies, Client-Centred Counselling or Person Centred Counselling, which encourages the client to concentrate on how they feel at the present moment.
Client-Centred Counselling:The central belief is that we all have inherent resources that enable us to deal with whatever life brings.
As a Client-centred therapist I will focus on my belief that you - and not myself - are the best expert on your own thoughts, feelings, experiences and problems and therefore it is you who is most capable of finding the right solutions for you!
I will not suggest any particular course of action for you to take, make any recommendations, ask probing questions or try to interpret anything you may say. The responsibility for working out your problems will rest wholly with you.
As a trained client-centred counsellor my aim is to show empathy, warmth and genuineness, which will help develop the right conditions and enable you to gain self-understanding and psychological growth.
A counselling session will normally be 50 minutes in duration and will take place at weekly intervals, unless otherwise agreed.
After your initial assessment and we are both happy to continue to work together, we will discuss the counselling contract, which will include things like;
Cancellation policy (please see below)
Setting Boundaries....eg is online/social network contact acceptable?
Confidentiality...what this means and where the law may overide confidentiality and where it does not.
Over view of the treatment offered, including any goals discussed.
I am presently operating a 24 hour cancellation policy. If for any reason you are unable to attend an appointment, I will require you to give me 24 hours notice by phone (no txt or email).
If you cancel an appointment within the 24 hour period, you will be charged the full fee.
So, you have read my profile and you have gained an improved awareness of my experience and what I am offering...and perhaps you are thinking I may be able to help you?
If so, please feel free to give me a call, you can ask me any questions that you may have and then we can discuss the best way forward from there.
HERE ARE SOME RECENT TESTIMONIALS FROM SATISFIED CLIENTS......
"I found working with Mark to be a very positive experience. He has great insight into how to guide his clients. He has the ability to get to the core issues very quickly. He also demonstrated his ability in a family situation.
He was very helpful in my particular case." RH
"Over 6 weeks Mark helped me to identify damaging thought processes and taught me how to intervene with healthier thoughts, which I am continuing to do on a daily basis. Mark put me at ease from our first meeting and I felt that I could talk freely and without judgement. The things that he helped me realise and understand have had a real impact upon my daily life and I would happily recommend him to anybody thinking of taking that first step towards a more positive life." SZ
"Mark was extremely helpful in counselling me to reduce my alcohol intake which had been slowly creeping up over the years.
Mark's experience working clients with alcohol and other addictions helped me to understand what is happening to the body/mind which gave reassurance and support that I could get this under control, I particularly liked the calm approach and professional way the sessions are.
This for me was a far better option than an alcohol detox clinic, I would recommend Mark to anyone who has addiction problems" NP