Mark Dudley - Counsellor and Psychotherapist (PGDip, MBACP)
Hello, my name is Mark, and I imagine that if you are reading this page you are dealing with some difficult issues. The good news is counselling/psychotherapy can help.
Receiving therapy many years ago transformed my life and set me on a fantastic journey of healing and self-discovery. It can be the same for you too.
Choosing the right therapist for you may seem confusing and daunting, but the bottom line is this… the key to successful counselling is the relationship between the client and the counsellor.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a BACP-registered member, educated to Post-Graduate Diploma (PGDip) level in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Though not related to the field, I have a BA(Hons) in Economics, an MSc in Computers for Business and am a qualified Prince-2 practitioner (Project Management).
I worked for many years as an IT Project Manager until personal tragedy and trauma caused me to re-evaluate my life. I sought out personal therapy and the experience changed me. I turned my back on a successful but deeply unfulfilling career to become a Counsellor/Psychotherapist, and I am now passionately dedicated to providing the same help that I received to others.
In addition to my private practice, I work for York St John University's Counselling and Mental Health Centre in a varied role - assessment/allocation of new clients, safeguarding and dealing with some of the more complex cases the Centre receives, as well as providing counselling to individuals on low income on a voluntary basis. I previously worked as an NHS referral therapist for Mind (Hull and East Yorkshire).
My varied life experiences, positive and negative, provide real benefit to me as a therapist. I have in the past experienced hardship, despair and many of the issues that my clients deal with. This enables me to bring real empathy and understanding to therapy.
My approach to therapy is to collaboratively work with each client to build a unique way of working, using a real human relationship. I draw from a variety of therapeutic models (see below) and adapt the therapy to make use of these models as and when required based on the clients’ needs.
As a therapist I find that I am able to build strong relationships with my clients and this enables me to help them to affect real change in their lives.
I offer a number of options for therapy sessions based on each client's preference -
- in person sessions - I will be resuming indoor 'face-to-face' sessions from 1st October for individuals who have received a double vaccination for Covid-19
- walking sessions - many of my clients prefer the option of 'walking therapy' in which we meet in a quiet public space and walk for the duration of the session.
- remote sessions - via Zoom
- telephone sessions
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
In the first instance, I offer a 20-minute introductory consultation, during which the client and I may decide whether we wish to work together. This may be via Zoom or telephone. This session is non-chargeable.
My fees thereafter are £50 for a 60-minute session.
My working week is Monday to Friday from 7am to 8pm.