About me

Life rarely follows the straightforward path we had hoped it would, and we can find ourselves in places we don’t recognise or discover that the path ahead delivers unexpected changes or challenges. These changes can often result in mixed feelings, some welcome and some hard to accept. Counselling can offer a space to come to terms with these changes and cope with the transitional stage we find ourselves in.

MY THERAPY PRACTICE - I draw from a variety of approaches and creative techniques to work as an integrative counsellor and this helps me to best meet the specific needs of the person I am working with. However, I believe that the therapeutic journey is a collaborative one. Therefore, to honour the uniqueness and autonomy of the client, I would aim to approach any difficulties and obstacles in a mutual, collaborative and interpersonal way.

Using this approach allows me to respond to the person I am sitting with rather than applying a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to suit everyone. Nonetheless, although I believe that creating a relationship this way between counsellor and client is central to creating a safe, trusting and supportive space for personal exploration, please rest assured that you will always be placed at the centre of the work.

PRACTICE DESCRIPTION - I understand that deciding to come to see a counsellor can be a hugely delicate decision to make, laden with emotions, expectations and fears. Because of this, the initial sessions will be about holding a space for you to feel safe and express yourself as you need to. This helps to build the therapeutic alliance between us and secure the foundation from which the therapeutic work will follow. I believe that this is an important part of the therapeutic work and an aspect that continually permeates sessions.

As the relationship deepens further requirements will be highlighted, therefore, we will be able to work more creatively, interpersonally and set destinations for the therapeutic journey. We can work through your existential or spiritual concerns, help you to understand previous events and difficulties from your life, or work towards a specific goal.

Depending upon what your needs may be, I can offer various creative techniques, mindfulness-based techniques, meditation and breathing practices and methods to help communicate with a bodily awareness.

I also have an artistic background and am a practising artist, therefore, I have an acute understanding of how the creative process works, it's obstacles and how it can be frustrating or difficult to express oneself.

Generally, sessions are on a weekly basis and the therapeutic work can be open-ended or run through a fixed number of sessions, depending on your preference.

FIRST SESSION - The first session will be about exploring what has brought you to counselling, your current situation, what you hope to gain from counselling and what (if any) is your previous experience with therapy/counselling.

It's also important for me to gain a deeper sense of who you are, therefore, I will generally enquire about your childhood background, significant life experiences and relationships with family members.

It is also a space for you to ask me questions.

Other than this it is a space to initially get to know each other.

Following this, sessions act as a way for me to get to know you and your story more deeply, creating the base from which the therapeutic journey progresses.

Should this strike a chord with you, I would be happy to meet with you to review your individual needs about what you would like to gain from coming to therapy.

Training, qualifications & experience

One day I had the visualisation that all my career experiences and life experiences were contained in a bottle and that if I poured this liquid out, it would show to me some deeper purpose. So, I poured it out and since that point I have been on my journey as a counsellor. Prior to this, I worked for many years within the care sector, supporting people and their families to live with various disabilities and within a variety of life conditions; working with all ages from teenagers to the elderly.

Alongside my independent counselling practice, I work voluntarily as a counsellor one day a week for a Bristol based charity.

I also enjoy painting and have an art degree. This directed me to train and work as an art teacher, pulling upon my experience within the care sector to work predominantly with people with disabilities and utilise creativity as an effective mode of communication.

  • Foundation Degree in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling
  • TA 101 Training
  • Certificate in Education
  • B.A Hons Degree – Fine Art

Member organisations

BACP

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I work with difficulties that are hindering a quality of life and how these difficulties may impact upon relationships with oneself and with others.

Therapies offered

  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychosynthesis
  • Transactional analysis

Fees

Additional information

Sessions are 50 minutes long and are £45.

I offer a limited amount of low cost sessions at £25.

Availability

Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays - 10am-7pm

Further information

I also offer walk and talk counselling.

Bristol
Somerset
BS1

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS checked

Online platforms

Zoom

Social

Mark Childs

Mark Childs