About me

Counselling for you, in Norwich and Norfolk

Creating a safe space, where you can be truly heard and accepted, just as you are, can really help you discover what is going on for you. It is remarkable how experiencing this can be so valuable, releasing energy and a renewed sense of hope for your life.

We all come to life wanting to belong somewhere, to feel our direction and our purpose. The problems you are facing in your life feel like they stand in the way of living your true purpose. You may really feel there is no solution. Counselling is a great place to make sense of those blocks and discover there really is a solution and way forward.

A bit about me and how I work.

Being an integrative counsellor means I draw on a wide range of different approaches to better meet your individual needs. I have direct experience of psychotherapy having looked at issues in my own life in individual and group therapy. The learning from this is at the core of what I feel I offer in my work. It has deepened my conviction that we are whole beings, mind, body and spirit, and that as human beings we absolutely need to be met in our wholeness and uniqueness. I believe healing comes when we are met in this way, with compassion and love. From this experience we learn to meet ourselves with compassion too.

As a UKCP registered counsellor I adhere to their professional code of ethics. I undertake continual professional development, and have regular supervision. Attending to these aspects of my work enhances my basic training and personal experience, keeping my enthusiasm and belief in it alive. Together they enable me to be there for you in the best way possible.

Social and economic inequality have a bearing on people's mental health as well access to services which support them in addressing their issues. Human diversity is a reality as well as a challenge for us all. I strongly support the principle of equal opportunity as a basic human value, whether in terms of economic circumstances, race, religion, sexuality and gender, or physical disability. I am sensitive to these things in my work and in my fee.

Where and how to meet?

I work from a room in Central Norwich, and from my home near Mattishall. I have trained in and have been working online using video and sometimes phone since March 2020. 

Getting in touch

It can feel hard to ask for help; finding the right person for you is very important. You want to feel you can trust your counsellor. Do email or ring me if you have any questions or would just like to see if we can work together. I very much look forward to hearing from you.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Psychology BSc hons(1981),
  • Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counselling Bsc hons (2018).
  • Two Chair work: A gestalt approach to change and healing. Alan Leach, BSc, Clin Psych. (March 2019)
  • Amy Webb: Gender Diversity Counselling, (2019).
  • Online Therapy Institute: Kate Anthony: "Moving your Practice On line" (April 2020).
  • Janina Fischer: Trauma and Attachment, "Healing the Broken Bonds", (2019).
  • Sue Anderson Compassion Focussed Therapy (2018).
  • Complete Couples Training, Debbie Winterbourne (2020)
  • Martin Ucik, Integral Relationship Training 2021
  • Volunteer work as a counsellor for Norwich Mind, and I am currently volunteering the Norwich based St Barnabas Counselling Centre.
  • Experiential group work over many years

I am registered with the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) reg no: 2011166085.

As well as having "formal" qualifications in counselling I have worked and volunteered throughout my life in various community and mental health settings. I have also worked as a carpenter. Having had another career has broadened my experience of the world, and I believe helps me know more how that world might be for you.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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.

UKCP

UK Council for Psychotherapy

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

UK Council for Psychotherapy

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

Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income

Additional information

Per 1 hour session: £50: negotiable for students or those on low income. Please ask about this.

Availability

Mondays and Tuesday (day/evening) Wednesday (day/ evening) Thursday (day/ evening) and can discuss other times especially online work.

Unthank Road
Norwich
Norfolk
NR2 2RA

Welborne Road
Mattishall
Norfolk
NR20 3LJ

Type of session

In person
Home visits
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

But please note loos not accessible for wheelchair

Additional languages

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Mark Haughton

Mark Haughton