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"The reason I chose Mark is that I read the reviews and I appreciated it when I read he would challenge me. He will not just say what you want to hear, which is what I need. He is warm, encouraging and you can tell he is truly proud when you make progress. I am extremely grateful he was able to identify the key barriers that were preventing me make long term progress before, even with CBT, and I feel positive about the future now. I have recently faced some significant life and health challenges and not only coped but quickly moved to thriving, so the proof has definitely been in the pudding!” Sophia
What would you need to overcome a period of crisis and trauma? To replace destructive lifestyle patterns with positive ones? And to succeed in your Personal and Professional Transformation? You would need a Conversation With Impact. A Conversation With Impact makes the difference you are after by giving you what your existing conversations cannot or will not. Too many people live with persistent difficulties and challenges because they have conversations that fail to give them what they need.
It was a Conversation With Impact that shaped who I am and what I do. At one time, my own life took a destructive path, and my mental health deteriorated. It was a coach/therapist who gave me a Conversation With Impact and put my life back together. Putting my life back together began with volunteering for a project in South East London. The project, which offered respite to families with children living with conditions such as autism, proved to be the start of my new career. Although it took a while to sink in, my volunteering gave me a sense of meaning and purpose that had been lacking.
In 2005 I qualified as a therapist and then later as a life and executive coach, and I discovered what it feels like to contribute. My real strength is the ability to provide coaching and therapy because, for many people, their issues do not fall neatly into any one personal or professional category.
“I met Mark during a difficult time when everything in my life was unknown and volatile. Through several sessions I was able to utilise the guidance provided to eventually find my way through the unknown and come out a much happier and successful person. A great professional with a charming personality, he made our sessions something I looked forward to. His therapy and coaching experience enabled me to implement changes throughout my life both on a professional and personal level. Mark played a key part in rebuilding my confidence and no doubt I wouldn’t have gotten where I am now without him. Mark is incredible at what he does!” Hayley O’Neill
Why choose me?
My ability to provide both therapy and coaching means I can safely support you through difficult and challenging periods and complete your Personal Transformation journey. In simple terms, working with me will enable you to be more and do more in life.
I have extensive therapeutic experience working with a range of mental health conditions and wellbeing issues: stress & anxiety/anxiety disorders, panic attacks, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, trauma, anger, depression, relationships, addictions/obsessions/compulsions and professional issues encountered at work. As a coach, I have experience working with people across many areas of their Personal and Professional Transformation, such as confidence-building, raising self-esteem and developing assertiveness. I have specific interests in working with problem eating (mild-to-moderate, not Eating Disorders) and supporting the mental health and wellbeing of people in business/business owners.
I have a strong belief in myself as a practitioner. One of 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 to overcome their own difficulties.
Personalised support, not a one-size-fits-all approach
With my approach, you will always be the boss in your sessions and get to shape your support in ways that work for you. I will not impose a one-size-fits-all approach but tailored support for your own specific needs and circumstances. While I will suggest ideas and ways of working based on my judgement and experience, the overall approach will be collaborative. And as the boss, you get to give me feedback on what is working for you and anything you would like to change.
As someone with both therapeutic and coaching experience, I often work with people who start therapy and then move into coaching. Their focus shifts from overcoming their difficulties to creating a meaningful and fulfilling life both at home and at work.
You can read about my professional approach in my book 'How to transform your life with IMPACT: Unlock the best of you', which comes out on July 15th 2021.
“When I first met Mark, my life was like a mess, and I could not face the changes that I had in my life (changing the environment as I moved from the UK to Iraq, and change in my personal life status to be a mum with a little boy and carrying his responsibilities alone). Mark was the coach who supported me to be a strong person to face all these difficulties in a calm way with self-esteem, self- peace, and to appreciate myself (always). I learnt lots of strategies to deal with difficulties in life and all bad experiences with a hopeful future. Now, I am achieving my goals in life with a smile on my face, and I am the person that I would love to be. Really appreciated these sessions. Honestly, I would highly recommend contacting him for life coaching as he is a highly skilled coach in his field.” Dhuha
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been in practice since 2005 after qualifying as a Brief, Solution-focused therapist. In 2015, I qualified as a life coach and executive coach. I trained with The Performance Coach, and I am a European Mentoring & Coaching Council Accredited Practitioner. My extensive Professional Development means I can combine my core approaches with other effective therapy and coaching approaches such as CBT, Solution-Focused & Strategic Therapy, hypnotherapy, mindfulness, metaphor & storytelling.
I worked as a coach and therapist in High Education from 2005 to 2018. From 2015 to 2018, I belonged to the EMCC UK Academic Members Forum, which promotes Coaching in Higher Education. From 2007 to 2010, I worked as a therapist and coach in the Employee Assistance Industry, providing therapy and coaching to employees and consultancy to employers. Since 2015 I have run my own business, Conversations With Impact, providing therapy, executive therapy, life coaching and executive coaching. In addition to these services, I am interested in supporting people with mild-to-moderate eating problems and supporting the mental health and emotional wellbeing of people in business.
I am an Accredited Therapist with the National Counselling Society. I am on the Professional Standards Authority Accredited Registers for the National Counselling Society.
Before training as a therapist and coach, I worked as a Mental Health Advocate for the mental health charity MIND and, before that, in business for The Telegraph Group as a Strategic Planner in advertising and marketing.
N.B. I work with young people 18+
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have selected areas that I have the most experience working in, however, I do have experience working in virtually all areas. 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 experience as a coach and therapist in business/industry means I also have a good understanding of many work-based issues and concerns. As a student counsellor in Higher Education I have extensive experience in supporting both undergraduate and postgraduate students throughout their time at university.
My overall 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.
£91.00 - £125.00
Free initial telephone or online session
I work with clients through my IMPACT Foundation Programmes, which can be short or long term depending on the nature of the work to be undertaken. Please contact me for details.
When I work
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