- Flexible hours available
- Concessionary rates
About me and my therapy practice
Welcome! My name’s Mark, and I’m a qualified integrative counsellor. My aim is to help people with their psychological and mental well-being to heal themselves, so that they can lead richer and more fulfilling lives.
My own experiences of difference have led me to really value this aspect of people. By exploring those experiences that have led to feeling excluded, shamed, discriminated against, we can find strength, empowerment, a better self of self, and above all, pride in oneself. Uniqueness is a strength.
The current Covid pandemic might also be resonating or triggering, with those constant and confusing messages of staying away and apart from others - perhaps you're experiencing feelings of lowness, anger, anxiety, guilt.
Starting counselling can seem a daunting prospect, but perhaps you've reached a point where you now need a space to talk and explore your current issues and experiences. It may be helpful to know that I offer a free 15 minute phone call so that you can get a feel of what it might be like.
Some areas that I can help with:
-sense of fulfilment and purpose
-loneliness, anxiety, depression, guilt, anger, shame
-LGBTQ+, GSRD, sexuality and gender identity, coming out
-race, racism, biracial and bicultural issues;
-relationships with partners, friends, family
-sex and body image
-self-confidence and self-esteem
-HIV and related issues
We'll have a short phone call to start with, so that we can establish what you would like from counselling, and also to get an initial "feel" for how we might work together.
After about five or six sessions, we can review how things are going and you can then decide how much longer you would like.
At present we'd have session online or by phone - these have some advantages:
- having sessions from your own home, a safe space of your choosing
- no need to travel anywhere, making it more accessible - you can be anywhere
- it can feel safer by phone if you don't want to be seen in person - more anonymity
- more time flexibility
Of course having counselling online/phone is not for everyone - you'd need to find a quiet and undisturbed space for the sessions, but it would be somewhere of your choice where you could feel comfortable.
My first session
We can have a brief phone call to start with to 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 rates range between £45 and £65 (per 50 min session) depending on your circumstances.
What I can help with
AIDS/HIV, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cultural issues, Depression, Health related issues, Identity issues, Loss, Men's issues, Obsessions, Redundancy, Relationships, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, 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