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About me

Hello....thank you for looking at my profile.

I have been through a counselling process myself and understand how difficult it can be to admit that you may need therapy.

I understand the avalanche of different emotions and contradictory mood swings we can experience. We tend to suppress our feelings in time of difficulty in the hope things will get better. The reality, however is that the situation may become worse. The very fact that you are reading this profile demonstrates that you, or someone close to you may benefit from change and a different direction in life. I can provide the opportunity to help you re-assess your life.
I offer a safe, non-judgmental environment in which you will be listened to and heard.

My aim is to provide:

  • The time and space to explore any issues
  • To work with you in providing an understanding of the issue
  • To work with you in identifying a strategy to resolve or manage the issue

My approach is referred to as Integrative Counselling. This means I do not solely rely on one counselling approach. I combine and integrate a number of different approaches best suited to the client's presenting issues. If you decide you want to work with me you choose the level we work at, frequency and duration.

I offer face to face counselling, telephone or online therapy sessions including Skype. If you are interested in online counselling please visit the Online Counselling page on my website. Online counselling is conducted via e-mail or Skype.

For individuals thinking about face to face therapy, I suggest a 40 minute initial consultation. This provides an opportunity for us to meet. A brief overview of the issues can be discussed, I explain how therapy works and what it may offer. I'm happy to answer any questions. At the end of the consultation you decide whether they want to work with me, or alternatively give the matter more thought. There is no obligation and no pressure

I offer therapy for children, adolescents, adults, couple counselling and family groups. Home visits can be arranged in specific circumstances. Evening and Saturday morning appointments are available

I am registered with the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Drug, Solvent & Alcohol Misuse Counselling
  • Diploma in Psychology
  • CBT Practitioners Diploma
  • Certificate In Supervision
  • Certificate Boarder Line Personality Disorder
  • Certificate of Proficiency British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • Level 4 Diploma Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Level 4 Diploma Transactional Analysis
  • Level 4 Diploma The Reflective Practitioner
  • Level 2 Credit Certificate Skills Acquisition & Practice
  • Level 2 Credit Certificate Working with Grief & Loss
  • Certificate Counselling Concepts
  • Certificate Counselling Children & Young People

In addition to my private practice, I also work in a care home providing therapy for the residents, relatives of the residents and staff members. I conduct training workshops for palliative care workers, which helps them manage the emotional fallout from their work environment. This work involves bereavement, grief and loss. In addition I have experience working with client's displaying Personality Disorders

I also work for the charity Open Road. This involves working with people and their families who have addiction issues towards alcohol, gambling and drugs.

I was a fire-fighter with Essex Fire & Rescue Service for 30 years and have experience working with emergency and service personnel. I live with my life partner, I am a father and grandfather of 3.

Member organisations


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

British Association for Counselling & 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

Therapies offered

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Existential therapy
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis


Additional information

Face to face session
£25 40 minute initial consultation and assessment
£40 Full therapeutic session (50 minutes)
£40 Couples therapy (50 minutes)
£45 Family group (4 person) (55 minutes)

Saturday morning appointments are available

Online session
£35 Skype session (50 minutes)

Telephone session
£20 40 minute initial consultation and assessment
£30 Full therapeutic session (50 minutes)
The client telephones me at a prearranged time and is therefore liable for the cost of the call

Concessions are made for benefit claimants, pensioners, students and student therapists

Further information

I am fully insured and hold an enhanced CRB Certificate for working with children and the vulnerable. I am a member of the BACP and adhere to their Ethical Code of Practice, part of which is a commitment to maintain on-going professional development.

My office has ample car parking facilities and public transport connections within a few minutes walk

West Mersea

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
Mark Howe Prac Dip,CP,Dip Psychology, MBACP

Mark Howe Prac Dip,CP,Dip Psychology, MBACP