- Flexible hours available
About me and my therapy practice
Welcome. My name is Mark, (pronouns he/they). I am a qualified counsellor with a passion for working with people from a range of backgrounds and experiences.
I work with people who identify as LGBTQ+, in particular those exploring their gender and sexuality. I also work with race/ethnicity, mixed heritage, neurodiversity; additionally I’m experienced with working with those living with HIV.
I’ve practised as a counsellor since 2018, and have worked and volunteered in different areas of mental health since 2009 - Metro Charity, THT and Samaritans, and have had training in neurodiversity, safeguarding, chemsex, CNM, trauma, HIV and toxic shame.
The world is designed in a way that excludes, discriminates and oppresses those of us who have a difference: school, culture, family, media, government, the workplace etc can leave a lasting early effect on us that stays with us through adulthood.
Perhaps you spend time by yourself because that’s the safest place; perhaps it’s really hard work trying to fit in; perhaps you are looking for belonging and community; perhaps you turn to alcohol, drugs, shopping, eating or sex as an escape or to feel freer.
Together we can work with any feelings of anxiety, shame, guilt, anger, depression, fear that may be rooted in those early experiences.
I’ll provide a safe, gentle, non-judgemental, containing space where you can explore these areas at a pace that works for you.
I believe in everyone’s right to self identify, and to have pride in yourself and your sense of identity - there is nothing wrong with you, it is the outside world that is telling you this!
I can help you to explore your own sense of difference, be that gender identity, sexuality, relationship diversity, race ethnicity skin colour, neurodiversity (and so on), and help you to find ways to feel stronger and thrive in this world.
In the first instance, we can have a free 15-20 minute phone call so that you can say a little about what you would like to explore in counselling; it will also give both of us an initial sense if we could work together.
Sessions are 50 minutes long, and I’d recommend that these take place weekly.
We can work face to face or on Zoom. The rooms are in Church Road in Hove, well-lit and ventilated, on the second floor (unfortunately there isn’t a lift). On Zoom, you’d need a good internet connection and a private space where you won’t be disturbed.
Sessions cost £60, and payable by BACS, cash, or Paypal.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to get things started, or to find out more.
I’m qualified in relational counselling with a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, and BACP registered (379659), I have private and public indemnity insurance through Howdens.
My first session
Our initial phone call will give you an opportunity to tell me some of the main things that you are facing at the moment, and also what you feel you would like to gain from counselling.
Following that we can have a longer 50 minute consultation session for you to go into more detail; alternatively we can move straight into counselling sessions.
It'd also be a chance for you to see if I'd be some you'd like to work with.
My rate is £60 per 50 min session.
What I can help with
Abuse, ADD / ADHD, AIDS/HIV, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cultural issues, Depression, Eating disorders, Health related issues, Identity issues, Loss, Men's issues, Obsessions, OCD, Phobias, Redundancy, Relationships, Self-harm, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Substance Dependency, Trauma, Work related issues
Types of therapy
Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Psychodynamic, Relational
Clients I work with
How I deliver therapy
Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling, Time-limited