Mark Hepburn

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BA (Hons) Counselling, NCPS Accredited, Clinical Supervisor
Available for new clients
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Westhill AB32 & Inverurie AB51
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

How do we engage in counselling sessions?

Preferably through face-to-face contact but always willing to utilise other options such as zoom, telephone, whatsapp video or other forms of social media and communication apps. Remote counselling has taken a greater significance over the last few years as an effective form of intervention, but nothing beats a real person and love working with clients in the room.

What can you expect?

People tell me that I'm warm, funny and really good with people and I feel I bring this to my client work. I'm a great believer that clients need to feel safe and develop a sense of trust before the process of sharing can really evolve into the dynamic process, I believe provides the best opportunity for change and developing insight. Most people won't let go unless they feel they have a safety net to catch them, perhaps clients are the same in that regard. I firmly believe counselling is a collaborative process built on a strong therapeutic relationship between Counsellor and Client and there is lots of evidence to suggest the value of this is significant in the outcome for a client.

My professional experience:

In my role as an experienced counsellor over the last 25 years or so, I've worked with a wide range of clients in both in-patient settings and community. I routinely deal with issues such as Addiction, Stress, Trauma, Depression, Anxiety and Bereavement.  Working with not only individuals but also couples, I have extensive experience of group work. My philosophy of counselling has evolved over the years but what has not changed is my dedication to the client in the hope and desire to use my skills in an individual and holistic way to the benefit of the client whether it client centred or solution focussed. There is no one size fits all approach in my practice and we can take time to explore and see what may suit you best.

Training, qualifications & experience

Initially trained in the field of Addiction Counselling, working with clients experiencing dependency on Alcohol, Drugs & Gambling, later this also included aspects of Eating Disorders and Sex Addiction. I hold a Diploma from the Hazelden Foundation, a world leader in addiction treatment based in Minnesota, USA and I'm a fully Accredited Counsellor with the Federation of Drug & Alcohol Professionals. Further training followed in working with affected families, complex relationships and the wider spectrum of Mental Health & Emotional Well-being.

As a professional counsellor i believe we are always learning both directly and indirectly. I have a strong commitment to learning and continued professional development through reading, webinars, courses and colleague supervision. After many years dedicated to working in Addiction, I returned to University to undertake an honours degree in person centred Counselling & Psychotherapy. My current core certification includes the following:

  • Hazelden Diploma in Addiction Counselling
  • Diploma in Eating Disorder Training
  • Families & Working with Addicted Families Training
  • Drug Collection & Medical Review Officer Training
  • BA (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • Cosca Certificate in Clinical Supervision
  • Scotland's Mental Health First Aider Trained
  • Asist Suicide Prevention
  • Accredited Counsellor National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society

I now work autonomously with a core philosophy which is client centred, flexible and adaptable across a range of private individuals, business and industry.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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NCPS
National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society (NCPS)

The National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Addiction Professionals
Addiction Professionals

Addiction Professionals is a voluntary registration body and network for the addictions sector. We have a growing and diverse membership of practitioners working in the addictions sector, including behavioural addictions.

COSCA
Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland (COSCA)

COSCA is the professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland, and seeks to advance all forms of counselling and psychotherapy and the use of counselling skills by promoting best practice and through the delivery of a range of sustainable services. COSCA Counsellor Accreditation is a pathway to entry onto the UKRC. It is a requirement of all individual and organisational members of COSCA to abide by its Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice and be accountable to the Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland
Accredited Register Scheme

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Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Clinical Supervision, Mental Health Awareness & Training

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Fees

£50.00 - £60.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Health Insurance/EAP

  • WPA

Additional information

Routine Counselling fee £50 per session

Couples Counselling fee £60 per session

Clinical Supervision fee on discussion

Group Supervision/Counselling fee £75 per session

When I work

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I can usually see new clients within 5 working days.

Further information

How might Counselling benefit you?

Counselling is inevitably an emotional process and can also be mentally tiring yet also hugely rewarding and liberating. I will not lecture nor make decisions for you, that is not my role,  however if you want an independent ear or someone to be involved and active in your process, then that is the way I like to work. I'll ask questions and help you explore, you'll be free to choose where you go and what you do. The use of the word journey is often overused but it's probably accurate in this regard.

14 Westfield Gardens, Westhill, Aberdeenshire, AB32 6WX

Chelsea House Clinic, 30 West High Street, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, AB51 3QR

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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PVG Scheme

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Westhill room is on ground floor with two steps to enter building.

Online platforms

Whatsapp
Zoom

Supervision

In person
Online
Phone

I see the provision of supervision as not only a privilege but something that should be welcomed and looked forward to thus promoting professionalism.

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