Mark Vahrmeyer - UKCP Reg. Psychotherapist - Individuals & Couples
Welcome to my profile and thank you for considering me as your potential psychotherapist. Choosing the right psychotherapist to work with can be very daunting. I have tried to provide as much clinically relevant information in my profile as I can but if you have further questions, please contact me.
My background and how I work:
I have a background of 10 years experience in the field of applied psychology having practiced as a psychotherapist across a range of public and private settings, including the NHS and the hospice sector where I was part of the multi-disciplinary team working with terminal patients and subsequently their bereaved relatives.
My Hove private practice is located centrally on The Drive and my Lewes practice in the historic Southover part of town, minutes from the train station. In both locations I see individuals and couples for short- and long-term psychotherapy. I also offer online sessions for clients who are unable to travel or who are not local.
I hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy, a Masters in Counseling and Psychotherapy and an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy (AdvDipIntPsych). I am also a trained Relationships Australia couple therapist. I am registered with the UKCP as an Integrative Psychotherapist.
I am experienced in working with clients affected by many different issues, some of which have been very personal and particular to the individual and others which are common to many of us at some point in our lives, such as bereavement, relationship issues, depression, anxiety, addiction and anger management.
I practice using an integrative theoretical model drawing primarily on psychoanalytic, attachment theory and mind-body integration. In lay terms, this means I focus on building a picture of a client's early life and childhood and in understanding how this may be influencing their current relationship patterns; I consider how current relationships with others influence and impact on the client's thoughts, feelings and behaviour; lastly, I work to help clients integrate their mind and body.
In working with you, I believe that a focus on the body - how we experience our bodies; how connected to our bodies; what are we feeling through our bodies - is essential in creating an integration between mind and body enabling you to learn to effectively process past and present trauma through sensing what your body is telling you second-by-second.
I have trained, managed and supervised trainee counsellors and psychotherapists in a clinical institutional setting. In private practice I offer supervision to trainee counsellors and psychotherapists, qualified counsellors, counselling psychologists and professionals working in the field of palliative care and bereavement.
My supervision model is based on psychodynamic, attachment and existential approaches and built around a relational approach to client work. Online supervision also is offered.
Training, qualifications & experience
I initially trained as a counsellor working with individuals and couples in Australia where I subsequently undertook a postgraduate diploma in counselling and psychotherapy.
As well as running a private practice in Brisbane, I also worked for Relationships Australia - the main provider of relationship support in the country.
Since returning to the UK I have furthered my clinical training through completing a MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of London, followed by an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy at Regent's College - a UKCP accredited psychotherapy training. I have held UKCP accreditation as a psychotherapist since 2012.
My clinical experience as a psychotherapist in the UK includes working for the NHS in East Sussex, The Rock Clinic in Brighton and in running successful psychotherapy practices in Brighton and London. Most recently I have been employed for four years as part of a clinical team as a psychotherapist in a large hospice, providing psychological support to patients and their family members.
I currently focus my time solely on running my private practices in Hove and in Lewes and coordinating a team of 17 associates who work from my two clinics.
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Much of my clinical work is underpinned by the belief (and evidence) that it is our early attachment relationships that dictate both how we subsequently relate to others in our life, but also to ourselves.
It is through our early relationships that we frow our own mind; a mind being the capacity to make sense of what we are thinking and feeling as well as being able to hold another's experience in mind at the same time.
Where as infants and children we felt unable or it was unsafe to rely on our caregivers emotionally, this impacts on our capacity to experience ordinary dependence in relationships - also known as intimacy - and limits our capacity to allow ourselves to experience the full range of emotions.
Psychotherapy is about learning to have a relationship with oneself and another.
Hove and Lewes Fees for Psychotherapy
Ongoing fees are dependant on circumstances and range from £65 - £90 for individuals per therapy hour (50 minutes).
For couples, my fee is £75 per therapy hour (50 minutes).
Online counselling/psychotherapy is charged at the same rate as face-to-face sessions
Supervision is offered fortnightly or monthly on an ongoing basis. My fee for supervision depends on various factors best discussed over the phone or in person.
My Hove practice is centrally located in a beautiful period building on The Drive, close to the corner of Church Road. The premises are a ten minute walk from Hove train station, offer on-street parking and are on the main bus routes.
My Lewes practice - The Barn - is the only dedicated psychotherapy practice in Lewes and comprises three therapy rooms and a waiting room, all housed within a beautifully converted barn in the Southover area of the town. The Barn is within a five minute walk from Lewes train station; offers on-street parking and can be reached by public transport.
The First Step
If you are interested in working with me then please get in touch. This can be via email or by phone. I will then agree a mutually convenient time for us to speak over the phone so that we can both see whether scheduling and initial consultation would be the right way forward.