Mark Ellett, MBACP (Accred)
Life can take many directions, some of which are unexpected and perhaps unwelcome. I became a counsellor to help people find a new balance when they experience difficulties in their lives. I support clients to find their own way forward in navigating the challenges life throws at us.
I am a qualified and accredited counsellor and am an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I use an integrative counselling framework which is grounded in the Humanistic approach, specifically working to integrate aspects of art therapy into many of my client's sessions. I have years of experience of working with clients with a range of issues on both a short and long term basis.
I work alongside clients to explore their issues in a safe, non-judgemental environment. I work to build a trusting relationship where clients are able to discuss issues or feelings that they may be unable to share with family or friends. Together we will seek a way for you to feel better about yourself by gaining a better understanding of your difficulties and giving you the tools to overcome the unique challenges in your life.
As well as providing general counselling focusing on individual client's difficulties, I have specialised training and experience working with clients who have experienced a bereavement. Some of the issues I work with are:
- difficulties at work
- drug and alcohol use and abuse
- feelings of sadness
- lack of confidence
- low self-esteem
- relationship issues
- family issues
These are the most common issues, but if your issue is not on the list please feel free to still contact me.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified counsellor with a CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling from South Gloucester and Stroud College. Before this qualification, I obtained an AQA Certificate in Counselling as well as an AQA Certificate in Counselling Skills from Hills Road College and Chesterton College in Cambridge.
I was awarded accreditation by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) in 2019. This means my practice has achieved the highest standards expected by the BACP.
Private Practice - I see clients with varying issues on both a short and long term basis in Bath.
Lifeworks - I am an affiliate counsellor with Lifeworks and provide Employee Assistance Program counselling for employees of local businesses in Bath.
Cruse Bereavement Care - I see clients who have experienced a bereavement or a substantial loss for short term counselling based in Bath.
Cotswold Counselling - I worked for this counselling agency in Cirencester offering short and long term counselling for a variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, bereavement, as well as more serious mental health issues.
Turning Point - I worked for this counselling agency in Gloucester offering short term counselling for clients with drug and alcohol use/abuse issues.
Continuing Professional Development
I attend ongoing training opportunities regularly. Some of the topics I've had to continue my training on are:
- Age and transition in the modern world
- Self harm
- Supervision training in bereavement counselling
- Understanding shame and how to work with it
- Understanding solution focus therapy
- Self compassion and helping others and yourself
- Exploring creative therapy
- Telephone Counselling
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
Our sessions will take place at an agreed day and time. I offer a free initial consultation which will give us a chance to get to know each other, discuss what counselling is and look at the concerns and issues you want to work on.
Each additional session is 50 minutes long and can either be face-to-face or over Skype.
Face-to-face session: £45
Skype Session: £40
A limited amount of spaces are available at a reduced or concession rate for those in financial difficulties - to be discussed on an individual basis.
There are no set rules of how many sessions you will need to overcome your challenges as this varies for each individual, but we will agree an initial number of sessions in our first meeting. This will be included in our counselling contract, which can be changed and reviewed as you move forward.