Mark Davies Dip.Couns, MBACP | LGBTQ+ / GSRD affirmative counselling
Welcome! My name’s Mark, and I’m a qualified integrative counsellor. My aim is to help people with their psychological and mental well-being to heal themselves, so that they can lead richer and more fulfilling lives.
My own experiences of difference have led me to really value this aspect of people. By exploring those experiences that have led to feeling excluded, shamed, discriminated against, we can find strength, empowerment, a better self of self, and above all, pride in oneself. Uniqueness is a strength.
The current Covid pandemic might also be resonating or triggering, with those constant and confusing messages of staying away and apart from others - perhaps you're experiencing feelings of lowness, anger, anxiety, guilt.
Starting counselling can seem a daunting prospect, but perhaps you've reached a point where you now need a space to talk and explore your current issues and experiences. It may be helpful to know that I offer a free 15 minute phone call so that you can get a feel of what it might be like.
Some areas that I can help with:
sense of fulfilment and purpose
loneliness, anxiety, depression, guilt, anger, shame
LGBT / LGBTQ+, GSRD, sexuality and gender identity, coming out
race, racism, biracial and bicultural issues;
relationships with partners, friends, family
sex and body image
self-confidence and self-esteem
HIV and related issues
How we relate is key to our wellbeing - this not only includes how you relate to other people, but also with yourself. Part of how I practise will be to explore some of these relationships in your life, and we might also draw from your early experiences of others when you were growing up.
Our early lives can have a lasting impression, even impact, on how we are today, for example family, caregivers, school, friends, media, healthcare (amongst others). Whilst some of these messages we heard were helpful, we’ve also been left with unhelpful ones which may well be influencing how you relate today.
I work with difference in mind, valuing you as an individual. I'm LGBTQ+ affirmative, and work with clients exploring their gender and sexuality. I also work with clients living with HIV and related conditions, and I'm conscious of how the current pandemic might be resonating or triggering.
I will provide a gentle pace that feels containing, safe and free of judgement, to try to get a strong sense of your experience, to be honest with you, and to value you and where you are at the present moment.
I will be accepting, not just tolerant, with whatever you bring. Sessions will be about whatever you want to bring, no pressure to say anything that you are not yet comfortable with.
I am a qualified integrative therapist - integrative meaning that I draw mainly from psychodynamic and person centred theory. I also sometimes work with creative techniques, such as drawing and guided imagery.
I've been involved within HIV, LGBTQ+ and mental health in mentoring, peer support and helpline work since 2009. I have experience of working with with organisations like THT, Metro and Samaritans.
I have public and private indemnity insurance through Howden, and am BACP registered 379659.
Training, qualifications & experience
CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
ABC Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills
Some of my continuing Professional Development:
Queering Psychotherapy - exploring how psychotherapy has improved the lives of GSRD/LGBTQ+ people (Confer)
Understanding and Working with Complex Trauma, Traumatic Bonding and Attachment Disorders (YCT)
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Sessions (video / phone) are £45-£65 per 50 minutes (depending on your circumstances, with some concessions available). I accept BACS or Paypal. Initial 15 minute initial call - free.
We'd have a (free) initial phone/video consultation for 15 minutes so that you could tell me what's brought you to counselling. It'd also give you an opportunity to see if I'd be the right person to have therapy with, and whether you feel counselling is what you are looking for at the moment. There's no obligation to continue.
I have availability throughout the week - please contact me and we can arrange a suitable time.
You can find me on the web at www.lilac-counselling.co.uk