Mark Harlow MA PGDip MBACP (Accred); NCS (Accred).
01795 890338 / 07979 864000
A Professional and Confidential Counselling Service for Individuals, Couples and families seeking help with personal and relationship issues. 25 years experience. Fully insured and Accreditted.
If you are........
* Feeling depressed, anxious, stressed or worried
* Suffering from panic attacks, anxiety, a traumatic experience or phobia
* Needing some help with anger management
* Struggling with an addiction or obsessive compulsive behaviour (OCD)
* Going through a crisis, bereavement, redundancy or illness and needing support
* Having to face a loss, separation or divorce and needing some help with relationship counselling
* Suffering from the effects of physical, emotional or psychosexual abuse
* Wanting to work on your personal growth
* Wanting to talk to a counsellor about other issues in confidence
...............I may be able to help you
If you are struggling with depression, anxiety, bereavement, low self-esteem, relationship issues, psychosexual issues or abuse - to mention just a few - then please feel free and in confidence to contact me for an appointment or a preliminary talk through your needs.
Some Background Information about Counselling
People come to me with a wide range of personal or relationship problems or issues. Sometimes the reason for these difficulties seem fairly clear and they know how to resolve them. At other times, the issues may be difficult to understand and they can find no answer from within themselves, or those close to them.
How Counselling Can Help
Talking to a counsellor can provide just the help you need to work through personal difficulties and find solutions to issues, sometimes of a very sensitive or long-standing nature.
As a counsellor, I am trained to listen and able to help you explore your feelings, thoughts and behaviours in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental way. Counselling does not claim to be the answer to all human difficulties, but it can help you to find your own fresh understanding or solutions to life issues, whilst offering support. In this way, and with my help, counselling assists you to move towards more effective ways of coping, and so enabling you to have more control in your life.
A member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy MBACP (Accred) UKRCP. I subscribe to the BACP ‘Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy’ and registered on the United Kingdom Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. An accredited counsellor and psychotherapist with The National Counselling Society MNCS (Accred).
Training, qualifications & experience
Psychodynamic and Psychoanalytical; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT); Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT); Transactional Analysis (TA)
Certificate and Diploma in Counselling with the Faversham Counselling Service (1991 - 1995) and The Tunbridge Wells Counselling Centre 1997/8. (WPF Training Centres)
PostGraduate Diploma in Psychotherapy (PGDip) with (KIMHS), Kent Institute for Medicine and Health Sciences, at Kent University.
Masters degree in Psychotherapy (MA) with (KIMHS), Kent Institute for Medicine and Health Sciences, at Kent University.
Hypnotherapy training with The National College of Hypnotherapists and Psychotherapists (1996/7).
Training and Certificates in:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (KIMHS)
Couples Counselling (Tunbridge Wells Counselling Centre)
Transactional Analysis, with Training South East England, having completed foundational training with KIMHS, at the University of Kent. (2003)
Clinical Supervisor (Faversham Counselling Service - 2000)
FCS Talking Therapies
Supervisor for general practice and NHS IAPT Clinical Casework
I have been working as a professional counsellor for over 23 years. During this time I have been working in a busy Counselling Service in Faversham, and in my own Private Practice. Most of my time is spent seeing individual clients on a weekly basis. However, more frequently now I am working with couples and offer supervision to other therapists.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Bulimia nervosa
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have extensive experience of working within an NHS IAPT psychological therapy service and for four years worked as Clinical Director and a High Intensity Step 3 therapist.
What is IAPT - Improving Access to Psychological Therapies?
IAPT is a new government programme to improve access to talking therapies. Talking therapy can be used as an alternative or in addition to your medication, which your GP might provide for mild to moderate mental health problems. IAPT was developed as a model to deliver National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommended treatments and therapies.
IAPT services are designed to offer a level of support that gets the best results and helps people to help themselves, supporting them to get back to enjoying life and engaging with work or daily activities. People’s experiences of anxiety and depression often differ and therefore various levels of support may be needed. Getting help early is a key factor in enabling people to maintain their lifestyle and hold on to their job.
The new service will operate a range of treatment programmes offered by trained staff with many years experience working in the field of primary care - more detail is available as you browse this site.
In addition to the services described above, a computerised cognitive behavioural therapy service (cCBT) is also available. People with milder levels of depression or anxiety may find it very helpful. This is an alternative to a one-to-one session with a therapist and is included under guided-self help.
Key aims are to:
Offer improved, effective and timely access to treatment
Include a reduction in symptoms, relief of symptoms for those suffering with anxiety, depression and other common mental health problems.
Help those with mild to moderate, moderate to severe depression and anxiety to retain employment, return to work or other meaningful activity.
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Couples counselling
- Humanistic therapies
- Psychoanalytic therapy
- Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
- Psychodynamic therapy
Currently, the initial assessment for counselling is £45.00; the fee for individuals is £45.00 (forty five pounds) per 50 minute session; for couples the cost is also £45.00 (forty five pounds) per 50 minute session.
For students in training, and those on low or no incomes, who would find the full cost of counselling too prohibitive, I offer an affordable counselling scheme. Fees for helping those applying for affordable counselling can be discussed at the initial counselling enquiry or assessment.
I have some experience in the areas of sexual and psychological abuse.
I have a great deal of experience in NHS IAPT Psychological Therapies
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Appointments can be made: Monday to Friday 8.00am to 6.00pm Evening appointments available: 6.00pm to 9.00pm. Appointments available on Saturday and Sunday by arrangement.
Types of client
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