About me

Due to the current coronavirus situation, I can offer online psychotherapy for anybody who might be uncomfortable with face-to-face. All group psychotherapy and group supervision are now online only. If you still prefer face-to-face therapy if you are an individual or a couple, we have a strict cleaning and other coronavirus measures to ensure our premises are kept clean and safe. More details can be found by visiting here.

It is important that you are engaged with a counsellor / psychotherapist that is right for you. For this reason we offer a completely free session, creating an opportunity for us to meet each other, ask questions, and decide 'where to go' from there! As a private provider of psychotherapy and counselling, there are no waiting lists, or limits to the number of sessions on offer to you, and appointments can be made both during the daytime and the evening across the week, without any hidden charges, fees, or costs. During times when you may experience financial difficulties, you may be eligible for services at a lower cost, depending on your personal and financial circumstances. These concessions are based on a system of self-worth and self-value for both you and your therapist.

Your therapy will have two main therapeutic aims: Firstly, to work at a content level, which will be dealing with the presenting issues and problems that you may bring; and secondly to work at a process level, to understand and change underlying patterns of experience (feelings/thoughts/behaviours) that may be the root cause of any presenting problem(s). This method of working ensures that you are more likely to receive long term positive outcomes that will empower you as a person and reduce the likelihood of you repeatedly returning to therapy in the future; that being aware of your own process enables you to be empowered and supportive of yourself, no matter what difficulties may arise.


  • Individual Psychotherapy & Counselling
  • Skype / Internet Psychotherapy & Counselling
  • Couples Counselling
  • Relationship Counselling
  • Family Counselling
  • Group Psychotherapy
  • Professional Supervision
  • CPD Training Workshops
  • Study Groups

Training, qualifications & experience

I have been practising clinical psychotherapy and counselling in Cornwall (based in Bodmin initially, then St Austell) since 2000, with a variety of experience spanning over many years in working with adults and children, individually, within groups, and within a residential setting, covering a wide range of issues: examples include past and present physical, sexual and mental abuse, neglect, mental health issues, addictions, anxiety, self-harm, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Tourette's Syndrome, physical disability, phobias, mood disorders and depression, eating disorders and personality disorders.

Personal growth and learning is very important, and I attend monthly supervision, from a TSTA (Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst), as well as weekly peer supervision. Practicing using BACP, UKCP, EATA, and UKATA guidelines, under BACP, EATA, and UKATA membership, keeping up to date with psychotherapy theory, practice, and progress through reading, studying, workshops, and conferences throughout the year.

As a qualified and experienced martial arts instructor (traditional karate), bodywork is also an element of the therapeutic process. The bringing together of mind, body and spirit (otherwise known as 'the martial way' or 'way of life') promotes harmony, knowledge, integrity, respect, and courage. Talking through your problems is not always effective by itself, and getting up, moving your body, and paying attention to your breathing can be incredibly powerful therapeutically.

Psychotherapy, counselling, supervision and specialised educational support should be accessible to everybody - and obtainable regardless of their circumstances.


Adv.Dip.Psych(TA) MBACP(Accredited) N.L.P.Practitioner

  • 2001: Completion of Advanced Integrative Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy Training.
  • 2005: Qualified as a Certified Practitioner in the art of Neuro-Linguistic Programming.
  • 2009/2010: Completed a further year of training in Transactional Analysis at the Iron Mill Institute in Exeter in 2009/2010, receiving an Advanced Diploma In The Applications Of Integrative And Relational Approaches to Transactional Analytic Psychotherapy.
  • 2017: Qualified in Professional Supervision (Diploma)
  • Holds a City and Guilds Certificate in Teaching.
  • Holds a certificate in advice and information (level 3).
  • Is a BACP member, and has completed the accreditation process.
  • Is in the process of obtaining an BSc in Psychology(Hons) and subsequent registration with the British Psychological Society.
  • Mark continues to train on a yearly basis through ‘Continued Professional Development’ workshops, courses, and training.

Member organisations


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.


Additional information

Individual Psychotherapy & Counselling

Initial Free Consulation
50 minutes – £42.50
60 minutes – £45.00
75 minutes – £52.50
90 minutes – £60.00

Counselling and family Psychotherapy

Initial Free Consulation
60 minutes - £50.00 | *£65.00
75 minutes - £57.50 | *£72.50
90 minutes - £65.00 | *£80.00
*Option to see two therapists

Group Psychotherapy

Initial Free Consulation
2 hour group - £30 per person

Clinical Supervision

60 minutes - £45.00
75 minutes - £52.50
90 minutes - £60.00

5+ people - 3 hours - £37.50 per person
4 people - 3 hours - £40.00 per person
3 people - 3 hours - £45.00 per person

We accept the following payment methods at the time of your appointment:

Debit Card
Credit Card


Between the hours of 9am and 10pm throughout the week.

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26 Tremewan
St. Austell
PL25 5TG

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

Supervision is all about 'doing no harm' and that includes client, therapist, employer, and employee.

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Mark Bottrill

Mark Bottrill