Mark Harkness

Mark Harkness

Carlisle Therapies
34 Lowther Street
Carlisle
Cumbria
CA3 8DH

07980539012

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Carlisle Therapies
34 Lowther Street
Carlisle
Cumbria
CA3 8DH

07980539012

About me

Qualified Person-Centred Counsellor. Experience in bereavement, adolescent issues, and addiction problems. I have a strong interest in developing therapeutic techniques using creative writing.

I welcome new approaches and I'm very open to alternative therapies and modern techniques if I feel they will help me to deliver a better therapeutic service.

Although I have a great deal of experience working with children and young people, I am in a position to offer counselling and support to adults too. I have a wealth of knowledge around grief, the loss of a child, depression, anxiety and addiction.

I am a friendly, outgoing individual with a great passion and dedication towards counselling and self-help therapies. I have excellent inter-personal skills and communicate very effectively with people from all backgrounds of society.

My non-judgement approach towards my work allows me to gain the confidence and trust of others quickly, and my discretion and confidentiality are a vital part of my role.

I've worked within various healthcare setting within the last 12 years. Including a year at 'Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital' in London where I was employed as an operating theatre assistant. This role developed my ability to think on my feet and become intuitive to the needs of the surgeons and nurses that I was working alongside. The nature of the work also helped to develop my ability to stay calm and composed in times of great stress and pressure.

I was employed by Eden Valley Hospice in Carlisle for 9 years. Based in a children's unit named 'Jigsaw: Cumbria's Children's Hospice'. I supported children and their families who were suffering from life threatening and life limiting illnesses. I also supported families through bereavement and help them face what is more often than not an uncertain future.

Alongside my private work, I am employed by Child Bereavement UK, a national charity which support for bereaved families and bereaved children. I am employed as a 'Bereavement Support Practitioner', based in the Carlisle and Eden District.

I also work for PAC in Carlisle (Promoting Autonomy and Change) providing therapy and counselling to young people and children.

I have also had some volunteering experience at UNITY in Carlisle, working with individuals who are undergoing treatment for various drug and alcohol addiction recovery. Within UNITY, I delivered a 'Reflection and Loss' workshop. This consisted of me talking to service users about things they feel they have lost during their addiction and recovery process. It also allowed them to reflect upon their addiction journey and identify any remaining issues or problems that it generates.

Through my work within other organisations, I am able to offer some Family Support Sessions. A session with a family will provide a safe, confidential space for families to communicate their issues and feelings.

My experience in working with families and parents also enables me to offer 'Couples Counselling', which is a new development of my practice, and one that I am looking forward to undertaking.

Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) work is also available. Rates negotiable.

*Please note*

I am pleased to let you all know that I am now able to offer card payments for a counselling session. Cash and cheque payments are still available too.


Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications

BA (hons) Person-Centred Counselling

Academic Level 6: Working with Bereaved Children and Young People

Training Courses Attended

Child Bereavement
Mental Health First Aid
CADAS Alcohol Awareness Course
CADAS Drug Awareness Course
CADAS Community Ambassador Course
Appropriate Adult Accredited Training
Supporting Parents and Family Members Through Child Bereavement
Grief and Bereavement in Children and Young People
The Unexpected Palliative Care
Supporting Bereaved Pupils:Let's Talk About It
Child Protection;An Introduction
Creative Ways of Helping Bereaved Children and Families
Suicide-The Impact On Families

Member organisations

BACP

Accredited register membership

Photos & videos

  • BACP Registered

Fees

*Please note a price increase for 2017*

£45 per hour for adult clients (18+ yrs)
£30 per hour for students
£35 per hour for children (14+)
£60 per hour for couples
£80 per hour for Family Work

Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) work is also available. Rates negotiable.

I am pleased to let you all know that I am now able to offer card payments for a counselling session. Cash and cheque payments are still available too.

Maps & Directions

Carlisle, CA3 8DH

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Availability

I have a flexible approach to appointments, with availability throughout the daytime. Evenings and some weekend work. Appointment times can be discussed to meet the needs of clients.

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Employee Assistance Programme
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