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Hi my name is Mark, I am a psychotherapist providing both short and long-term therapy to adult individuals (not couples) in Southampton. I also offer therapy online.
We all experience times of difficulty in our lives when things feel overwhelming, or we can feel a loss of direction or purpose. Talking to a trained therapist helps us make sense of those challenging times and offers a way through them, moving towards a better understanding of ourselves and our feelings.
If you feel that you would like take the first step to find out if therapy might help, simply send an email and we can find a good time to have an initial meeting. This enables us to discuss the reasons you are thinking of coming to counselling, whether it could be helpful for you and whether I am the right therapist to help. I can also answer any questions you may have about therapy and how it works. If we both decide to go ahead after the initial meeting we will set up some appointments and arrange to see each other weekly - there is no obligation to go ahead after the initial meeting. If you let me know what your availability is when you email this can help to speed things up.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a UKCP Accredited therapist, which means I have met their criteria for qualified and experienced therapists and work in accordance with their ethical framework and have completed a high quality training course. I hold a Masters degree in Mindfulness-based psychotherapy and have several years experience in clinical practice.
I am also a fully trained EMDR therapist a full member of EMDR UK and an approved counsellor for the Police Firearms Officers Association (PFOA).
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.
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
This is not an exhaustive list as clients come to me for help with a wide range of issues - we would aim to discuss if I think I can help during our initial consultation.
£60.00 per session
Free initial in-person session
Concessions offered for
- Clients can pay by card or cash during the session.
- Initial consultation in-person - there is no obligation to go ahead after this if you don't want to for any reason
- I hold a limited number of spaces for those on low-income or for students, contact me to ask about availability.
- Initial assessment appointments last around 30 minutes.
When I work
I offer some early morning and evening appointments for clients who need to work around their jobs, I also have space during the day on weekdays. Please enquire about availability.
Life brings many challenges, and it is understandable that at times we might look for support in facing them. As a counsellor my role is to provide space and guidance to help you on your journey of self-discovery, to enable you to examine your life and make new, meaningful choices within it.
I offer a chance to reflect on the difficulties or problems you are experiencing in a safe and confidential environment, with someone from outside your day-to-day life. Together we can explore your situation in a way that leads to fresh perspectives - and perhaps a new understanding of yourself. Counselling is about empowering you to make your own changes.
My approach to counselling and psychotherapy is mindfulness based with the aim of enabling you to enhance your life, live it more fully and reach your potential. With mindfulness based therapy we typically focus initially on learning to tolerate feelings and experiences, such as anxiety, stress or depression, that have seemed unfamiliar or unbearable. However, as the therapy process unfolds, this may also include your capacity to be kind and patient with yourself. Together, we find out how you can experience and accept more of who you really are and support the development of new and fulfilling ways of living and expressing yourself.