Mark Horner MBACP (BA Hons)- FDAP

Mark Horner MBACP (BA Hons)- FDAP



07870 417991

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07870 417991

About me

I work as a Gestalt / Humanistic, Integrative Counsellor, using different skills to the individual such as CBT, MI, MET, ACT, specialising in Addiction.

I work with individuals, families and couples, dealing with addiction, anxiety, stress, depression, anger, trauma, and loss and relationship concerns. I also work with families/partners that have been affected with someone else’s drug or alcohol misuse.

I have 20 years of personal and professional experience in addiction and have seen many people gain self-confidence, acceptance and awareness in response to being heard, seen and valued for exactly who they are in the counselling relationship, helping them to improve their connections with everyone around them as well as with life itself, easing any issues they may have started with.

As well as working with individuals, I enjoy counselling couples and using the systemic family approach to create a safe space for both partners and family members. This gives them the opportunity in which to really listen to each other, and to learn new relating skills and ways of being together or apart. Relationships can improve dramatically during and after couple/family counselling. If separation is the best option for you, deeper understanding can be found, and attention given to honouring each other and the connection between you, as well as to creating practical solutions and agreements.

Working with family members that have been affected by addiction can be challenging and difficult to understand for some  family members. To discover a loved one is battling an addiction may bring shame and guilt to many families, so to offer a supportive non judgemental environment is essential, to address these uncomfortable thoughts and feelings.

I also work with clients that are battling with addiction. Together we can explore coping strategies, harm reduction, 12 step approach support, and post and pre detox/residential support.

Whatever is happening for you right now, I can help you gain clarity and offer you self-empowering methods to enable you to create a happier life.

Past Experience

I have worked at various Residential Rehabs and Detox units

Community Drug & Alcohol Centres

Various Prisons

Counsellor at No Limits (working with young people 11-26)

Current Practice

Parent Support Link- Working with Families affected by Addiction

Counsellor with NHS Solent Substance Misuse Team

Counsellor with Turning Point -Salisbury Substance Misuse team

Private Practise-

Training, qualifications & experience

    • BA (Hons) Counselling Humanistic/Integrative - Middlesex University

    • Dip HE Counselling Humanistic (Gestalt) Counselling - Winchester University

    • Member of FDAP (Federation of Drug and Alcohol Practiconers)

    • Level 3 Certificate in Counselling

    • Introduction to Counselling

    • CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)

    • ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)

    • Mental Health/Dual Diagnosis

    • Groupwork Trained

    • Motivational Interviewing

    • Motivational Enhancement Therapy

    • Mindfulness for Distressing Psychosis

    • Intervening with Deliberate Self Harm

    • Integrated Risk Taking With Yong People

    • Alcohol Awareness

    • Understanding Attachment in Adults and Children

    • Working with Suicidal Clients and Self-Harm

    • Positive Behavioural Change

    • Behavioural Couple Therapy

    • Working with Trauma

    • Working with Victims of Sexual Abuse and Childhood survivors

    • Working Creatively

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I work with Families/Friends and Partners affected by Addiction - this can be individually - systemic family work or in a group

Other issues I work with are people affected by Epilepsy and young people with mental health issues

Also young people with learning difficulties - Autistic - ADHD Spectrum etc


The initial session is a time of mutual exploration providing you with the opportunity to ask any questions you may have and helping you to assess whether counselling with me is right for you. 

Session Fees

£20 initial assessment

£35 (per 50 minute session) for individuals

£50 (per 60 minute session) for couples

£35 (per 50 minute session) for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy


Concessions maybe available for those on benefits and students, dependant on individual circumstances

An additional charge applies when counselling takes place in the client's own home. This varies depending on the distance I need to travel - please ask for further information.

Cancellations and holidays:

Cancellation of an appointment with less than 24 hours notice, or failure to show for an appointment, will incur the full fee. Appointments missed because you are ill and you have given me 24 hours notice, or because you are on holiday are not charged for

Maps & Directions

Southampton, SO18
Winchester, SO23

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Please email me anytime. If you call and I do not please leave a message and I will return your call ASAP. Thanks in advance

Types of client

Young people
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