Hilary Marks Adv Dip MBACP (Accred) MBICA
Choosing the right therapist is not easy, and making that first step may feel daunting. For this reason I am happy to answer any concerns you may have either by email or by phone. I urge you to make contact and look forward to hearing from you.
My name is Hilary and I am a fully qualified therapist working in Brighton and Hove. I have a lovely counselling room where you will be heard and understood. I have been able to help the people I work with make a real difference to their lives. I would be delighted to help you do the same.
Research has shown it is the relationship between therapist and client that is crucial to the outcome. For this reason it is important to find the right therapist, one you feel comfortable with.I offer an opportunity to explore thoughts and feelings in a safe and confidential setting. This is a place where you will be heard and understood, an opportunity to talk about issues that may currently be difficult to share with others.
Counselling is not about giving advice, or telling you what you should or shouldn't do. It is about understanding your experience and feelings and working with you to find the right way forward. Some of the areas I work with include: depression, anxiety, loss, and especially problems resulting from difficult childhoods. I have also had considerable success in helping clients dealing with panic attacks, eating disorders and fertility problems.
In the first session we meet and discuss the reasons why you have come to counselling. It is an opportunity to get to know each other and decide if we can work together. I usually meet with clients once a week at the same time and place, and work open-ended, which means the counselling lasts as long as it is needed. This can be short term or long term, with regular reviews to see how we are progressing.
While I am happy to work with the areas mentioned below, I have specialised in counselling for fertility treatment, this includes infertility and involuntary childlessness. The experience of fertility problems are unique and complex and counselling can provide a safe environment to process the impact this can have. This can be supportive whilst having ongoing treatment, help in coping with loss through miscarriage or unsuccessful treatments, or coming to terms with the reality of ending treatment. I believe that providing counselling through this stressful time can be hugely beneficial and can reduce some of the anxiety that fertility treatment can cause.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified integrative therapist, this means I am trained in a variety of different theories and can use the most appropriate approach to meet your specific needs. Listening to you, building a therapeutic relationship and working out what you want and need from therapy is at the heart of how I work.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (MBACP) Accredited
As a member of the BACP my work is guided by the Ethical Framework for Good Practice.
I am a member of the British Infertility Counselling Association (MBICA) this is the only professional association for infertility counsellors and counselling in the UK.
I am fully insured, have regular clinical supervision and ongoing training to ensure my work is of a high standard.
Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling & Therapy
NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Counselling Session (1 Hour) £45
I offer a free initial session
Concessions available to student counsellors
Daytime and Evening Sessions available
It may feel daunting to make the initial contact. I am happy to respond by email and/or speak on the telephone. However difficult that first step may feel, please call me on 0778 908 5297 or email to make that first appointment.
My counselling practice is in Hove, just off Dyke Road and parking is free. Public buses, including the number 27 serve the area and it's about a ten minute walk from Preston Park train station.