Mark Evans HGDip, MNCS (Acc)
Holmfield Consulting Rooms
1 Holmfield Road
At the risk of sounding clichéd I really do have a passion for supporting people to turn their lives around, be they students at the university I work for, employees at the businesses I am involved with and anyone who comes through my practice door. This passion comes from my own experience of being supported by my profession when life gets more than I can handle by myself.
I have 12yrs experience as a therapist, life coach and executive (business) coach with a broad range of life and working experience. I’ve worked in business in national press marketing and advertising, in mental health as an Advocate for charity MIND and in Higher Education as a student therapist and coach.
I called my business Conversations With Impact because I feel strongly that therapy (and coaching) must have an impact and must make a difference.
Why choose me?
My real strength is as someone who can provide both therapy and coaching. I have therapeutic experience working with a range of serious conditions: stress & anxiety, panic attacks, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, relationships and professional issues encountered at work. As a coach I have experience working with people to build their self-confidence, increase their self-esteem to enable them to be more and do more in life. Importantly, I know how to safely combine therapy and coaching to help people change. As a therapist and coach I have specific interest in enabling people to overcome mild-to-moderate eating problems.
I have a strong belief in myself and my approach, the life experiences that have taught me how hard life can be at times and a supportive, collaborative approach that puts clients at the heart of their therapy. If you visit my website you'll see what my clients say about me, too.
One of the best if not THE best predictors for successful outcomes in therapy is the belief a therapist has in themselves and their approach. Research suggests that clients need their therapist to have these high levels of belief if they are to overcome their own difficulties. But don't take my word for it - check out influential American researcher Scott Miller's work on what makes an effective therapist:
Personalised support, not a one-size-fits-all approach
I make you the boss in our sessions which means from the first session you get to shape our work together in a way that suits you - not me. In other words I don't offer a one-size-fits-all approach but will work collaboratively with you to find the combination of approaches that are right, understandable and appropriate for you.
And because you're the boss you get to offer me feedback throughout our time together so that: I know what is or isn't working, whether we are on track or not and what I need to do more or less of to ensure you get what you came for. And I will not bog you down with theory or jargon.
In addition to my core approach Human Givens Therapy and Coaching, I can draw on a range of other approaches such as CBT, solution-focused therapy, hypnotherapy, strategic therapy and mindfulness.
Modern, up-to-date therapy
Whatever I work with you on my approach is based on modern, up-to-date and effective therapeutic ideas, knowledge, strategies and techniques. For more info visit www.hgi.org.uk
End of therapy?
As someone with both therapeutic and coaching experience I often work with people who start off in therapy and who then move into coaching as their focus shifts from overcoming their difficulties to creating a meaningful and fulfilling life both at home and at work.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been in practise since 2005 after qualifying in Human Givens Therapy. Human Givens therapy is a versatile form of therapy and combines its own approach with other effective forms of therapy such as CBT, Solution-Focused Therapy, hypnotherapy, mindfulness, metaphor & storytelling. As an approach it is easily adapted to both short and longer-term work.
In addition to running CWI, I work as a student therapist and coach in Higher Education and as an executive coach working in business. I have also worked as a therapist and coach in the Employee Assistance Industry, providing therapy and coaching to employees and consultancy to employers.
I trained with the Human Givens Institute in Human Givens Therapy and I am an Accredited Therapist of the Human Givens Institute and the National Counselling Society. I am on the Professional Standards Authority Accredited Registers for both the Human Givens Institute and the National Counselling Society.
As a coach I trained with The Performance Coach and I am a European Mentoring & Coaching Council Accredited Practitioner. I also belong to the EMCC UK Academic Members Forum which promotes the use of coaching in Higher Education.
Before training as a therapist and coach I worked as a Mental Health Advocate for the mental health charity MIND and prior to that in business for The Telegraph Group as a Strategic Planner in advertising and marketing.
N.B. I work with young people 18+
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have selected areas that I have the most experience in working with, however, I do have experience in working in virtually all areas.
As a student counsellor in Higher Education I have extensive experience in supporting both undergraduate and postgraduate students throughout their time at university.
My experiences in education, business and private practice have given me many opportunities to work with both young people (18+yrs) and adults presenting with attachment disorders and family problems, eating disorders, specific learning difficulties, disability and sexuality.
My experience as a therapist and coach in business/industry means I also have a good understanding of many work-based issues and concerns.
I am happy to work and share what I know with people, but will also be clear where my training and experience is limited. If I can't help I will be clear about this and do my very best to signpost you to a service that can.
My fee is £50 per session.
- Therapy and coaching: how to choose when you need both?
- Two essential elements for positive, long-term change
- Strong emotions: meeting your 7-year-old self
- First year students, anxiety and making a positive transition to university life
I am registered with the Disclosure and Barring Service (Enhanced)
- Also registered with Life Coach Directory
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am currently fully booked although this changes regularly so please do still get in touch. I see people at 6&7pm Tuesdays & Thursdays, plus 10-1 on Saturdays.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|