Mark Dempster Counselling

Mark Dempster Counselling

No 7 Harley Street

23 Magdalen Street
London Bridge

020 3239 7061 / 07971467305

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No 7 Harley Street

23 Magdalen Street
London Bridge

020 3239 7061 / 07971467305

About me

I am a highly experienced counsellor with personal experience of drug and alcohol addiction and sixteen years professional experience of addictions. I know how to help with addiction because I have been through it myself and have helped many people recover and lead happy and successful lives.

My practice - Mark Dempster Counselling - offers both individual and group therapy options, professional interventions and confidential advice to family and friends of individuals, with chemical or behavioural addictions.

Individual Therapy

This begins with a free initial assessment session. We will explore the benefits of therapy to see which best helps you with your situation. If you want to proceed to the next stage, we start weekly sessions together. The number and frequency of sessions depends on what you want to do.

Benefits of Individual Therapy:

• Tailored counselling sessions to help you address specific problems
• Confidential one to one sessions
• Time to explore issues and behaviours affecting you, in depth
• A safe supportive place to be completely honest about your problem

Group Therapy

This is usually a group of six to twelve people who share a common problem who meet weekly with me. I facilitate the session exploring the issues affecting each group member, while providing solutions. This is a highly effective, focussed and practical approach to counselling that draws on the shared hope and experiences of all the group members.

Benefits of group therapy:

• Affordable if you have a low income
• Receive support and encouragement from other group members
• A safe place to practice new behaviours with other people
• Learn from other’s experiences and share your own
• Professional feedback on your own behaviour
• Meet new people who understand and share your experiences

What my Clients Have Said:

Mark, I need to thank you for all that you have done for me. When I first came to see you I did not know how to stop my addictions. You listened when I needed you to, and encouraged me when I had little motivation to change. Because of you my life is better than it has ever been, and I will always be grateful to you for this. Thanks for being there! – John 2010

We found Mark remarkably insightful with a wealth of professional and personal experience , don't be fooled by the demure easy-going demeanour, Mark can be tough when he needs to be to help you see what is required !! I honestly believe if it were not for Mark we would now be parted, so thank you" J.B and A.H Dec Feb 2010

"I have seen a few counsellors in the past 10 years, and nobody made me feel at ease like Mark. In fact, for the first time, I was able to divulge everything about my situation, without fear of shocking him or being judged by him. he has a great sense of humour too, which was appropriate in my situation, but he also really seemed to understand me and was very sympathetic. He recommended an excellent book to me which was spot on, and gave me some exercises to do that helped me change certain (unwanted by me) behaviours. I would recommend Mark to anybody looking for counselling." Sarah. 2010/2011

Training, qualifications & experience

I founded Mark Dempster Counselling as a result of my experiences both personally and professionally. I have over sixteen years personal history of addictions to drugs and alcohol. Now I have more than almost sixteen years of counselling countless others to overcome addictive behaviours.

My professional experience of counselling developed from working in/ and managing, detox and rehab facilities, street outreach, criminal justice services, street homeless as well as providing individual therapy to millionaire business professionals. My service now works from my Harley Street practice.

What you get is unique because:

  • I am a fully qualified BACP counsellor, NLP coach and Registered Trainer
  • I have over fifteen years professional experience in this field
  • I have personal experience of addiction and recovery from it

My Credentials

Placing your trust in someone capable to help you with focussed counselling is a big step to changing your life. My qualifications and accreditations will help you to take that step:

  • Advance diploma in psychotherapy
  • Degree in management
  • Diploma  NLP
  • NVQ3 Substance Misuse
  • TVU Qualified Trainer
  • Diploma in Systematic Therapy
  • Advanced level in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Foundation Qualification dual diagnosis

My counselling works for those who are serious about going through the process. The benefits are for you are endless. If you want to see how I can work with you to achieve those benefits then please get in touch for an initial –no charge – assessment.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  Other areas of counselling I deal with

* Interventions (addictions) Family
* People at a crossroads in their lives
* Dissatisfaction/emptiness in relation to life
* Couples counselling and psychotherapy
* Tapping into creative potential
* Loss and change
* Alienation and isolation
* Shame, self-criticism, feelings of inadequacy and underachievment in life
* Childhood neglect and related issues
* Workplace issues (organisational/individual stress, harrassment, bullying, redundancy, retirement, trauma at work..etc..)
* Sexual Identity Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT)
* Cultural identity and displacement
* People affected by suicide
* People affected by someone else's addiction/dependency
* Adults whose parents are/were addicts/alcoholics
* All addictions (drugs/alcohol, sexual, internet porn, shopping, addictive relationships..etc..)
* People involved in 12-Step Recovery Programs'

Therapies Offered

  • Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies
  • Family/Systemic Therapy
  • Humanistic Therapies
  • Integrative
  • Psychoanalytical and Psychodynamic


My rates are competitive, yet reflect the quality and the experience of the counselling service you will receive.

£90 - £130 per hour for Individual Counselling

£50 per hour for Group Counselling

Discounts for block booking and advance payment.

I offer an initial consultation appointment where we explore the reasons help is being sought. We then decide if what I can offer is appropriate, and that we feel comfortable working together.

Further information

I work from pleasant consulting rooms in central london (harley street) and London bridge. Harley street is 5 min walk from bond or oxford street, london bridge is 3 min walk from London Bridge station

I hope the information, here, and on my websites, helps answer any questions you have concerning addiction counselling, psychotherapy, NLP and group training. However feel free too contact me if anything is unclear, or to book an initial consultation.

Maps & Directions

London, W1G 8BJ
London Bridge, SE1 2EN

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified