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Mark Howkins, MSc, MA, Accredited Member UKCP, Registered Member BACP

Newark-on-trent, Nottinghamshire, NG24 1XP
01636 610005 01636 610005 07476097130 07476097130 Registered / Accredited
Newark-on-trent, Nottinghamshire, NG24 1XP

About me

I hope to be able to help you …

Please take time to read this short summary of some of the main principles of, and background to, my counselling work. Or look at the bullet-pointed sections below if you need to access basic information about my practice quickly.

If things that I say here appeal to you but you’re not certain it’s what you’re looking for, do contact me by phone or e-mail to discuss your needs and concerns. I offer private clients an initial session with no charge if they want to take this enquiry and sampling process further. Counselling/therapy is a resource solely for the client’s benefit - not, as I see it, a proof of the value of particular theories.  It’s paramount that you feel you’ve made a good choice of counsellor and are reasonably confident and hopeful from the start about what you can achieve by working with him or her.

… using a range of approaches …

My experience is that different people gain from different psychotherapeutic approaches according to the nature of their problems and circumstances, their temperaments and even their expectations of therapy and of themselves ‘in therapy’.

… but always by responding with commitment to your trust in me.

However, there are common basic features to the way I work, whatever the client or situation. Most important among these is that I respect clients and reassure them that they are safely and confidentially held in the counselling relationship. I encourage in them realistic hope for change, based on my effort and care in working with them. I explore with them what self-awareness and self-care actually mean for them, and encourage them to bring these new ways of thinking into their ordinary lives beyond the counselling sessions. Clients who can trust and rely upon the ever-presence of the therapist’s professionalism and commitment to them are empowered and enabled. They feel safe to risk challenging their old ways of thinking and behaving, and they start to focus their energies on becoming well and living their lives more fully.

I am an experienced and qualified therapist/counsellor …

There is a very wide range of problems with which people seeking counselling might instinctively feel they need help.These can be doubts about themselves or their relationships.They can be anxieties, perhaps arising from the past, that won’t go away or that seem to multiply and often dominate their minds, sometimes affecting their physical health. Or they are frequent experiences of sadness and a need to avoid life that appear to have no explanation. I often work with clients who, in these and other ways, feel ‘stuck’ with their lives.

I have been a counsellor with Mind, both at one of their urban service-user centres and at an eco-project, where I set up a counselling facility for clients with long-term mental health problems. Many of my approximately 3000 hours of therapy have been with people little able to trust anyone – least of all, strangers – at the start of their therapy.These are the survivors of sexual abuse and rape with whom I continue to work in a more specialised setting.

Every client I work with is at some point on a journey towards change and self-fulfilment, even as they begin their therapy. I hope and believe that all of them advance significantly on that journey by the end of the process. Being able to help people in this way is a fantastic motivation to me and strengthens my commitment to counselling as a genuinely beneficial resource.

… with a core Person-Centred approach …

I qualified as a counsellor with a Psychotherapy MSc in Nottingham.The training was in the Person-Centred tradition, and I continue to find that this approach informs much of my work.This is particularly so in its focus on embodied emotion and on helping clients to identify, understand and accept with compassion and regard both their own impulses and their habitual ways of seeing the world and themselves in it, both past and present.

… but also drawing upon Cognitive-Behavioural, Mindfulness, EMDR ...

But I work sometimes in more conventionally Cognitive-Behavioural ways where clients need quite immediate relief from symptoms and a sense of restored control over their lives.They can achieve this through a better understanding of their own routine thoughts, feelings and behaviour that CBT offers. The short-term work that I do would often have this CBT focus. Alongside this, I also increasingly use, and encourage clients to develop for themselves, Mindfulness techniques, often to bring them physical rest and renewed energy, not least to meet the difficult challenge of longer-term therapy, if this is required. For clients who have experienced significant past traumas I have in recent years incorporated Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) into my work.  This is an approach which, if carefully applied, can 'unlock' traumatic memories and enable more rational and healing parts of the mind to access them, thereby removing their stubborn capacity to trigger disturbance.

… Existential, Neuroscientific …

Two other strands that feature in my work with clients are Existential Therapy principles and basic Neuroscience. Existential ideas bring realism and a recognition of the need for a sense of life-purpose beyond the completion of the therapy, itself. Neuroscience, properly applied, can help to explain to clients the awkward and puzzling aspects of their own physical feelings and reactions.

… and Language-focused ways of working; …

Finally, I cannot ignore in my work with clients the generative and transformative power of language. Our often unthinking reliance upon story and metaphor, particularly, to create and express meaning is impossible to overlook in therapy! I am able to draw upon my teaching background and quite wide literary resources and understanding to focus on aspects of clients’ language where this might be appropriate and helpful.

… and always encouraging you to discover and control the means to your own wellbeing.

Though very different in some ways, the methods briefly described above can also complement each other. My aim, always, is to offer clients as much information and choice as possible as their counselling progresses, so as to equalise our relationship and invite them to take control in finding solutions to their own problems.

I offer face to face counselling with:

· Individuals

· Couples

· Groups

· Clergy

· Young People

· Students (including Counselling Students)

· Pre-Trial Clients

... and also:

· Counselling with Interpreters

· Prison and Probation Counselling

· Telephone and Online Counselling

Training, qualifications & experience

Current Memberships

· Accredited Member, United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

· Registered Member, British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

· Graduate Member, Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute (SPTI)

Academic Qualifications

· MSc (Person-Centred Psychotherapy) The Sherwood Institute/Coventry University

· MA (Education) University of Nottingham

· BA Hons (English/Philosophy) University of Birmingham

· PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education), University of Nottingham (I am a qualified and experienced teacher of English and Drama)

Professional Training in Recent Years

· Intergenerational Trauma

· Telephone Counselling

· Online Counselling

· Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

· Pre-Trial Therapy

· Mental Health Awareness

· Counselling Work with Interpreters

· Wellness Recovery and Action Planning (WRAP)

· Safeguarding

· Sexual Exploitation of Children

· Sexual Trauma

· Suicide Intervention

· Mindfulness

· Challenging Cultural Stereotypes

· First Aid

· Trauma: Dissociation and Somatization

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.

BACP

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.

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

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.

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Pre-trial clients
Prison and probation therapy

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Couples counselling
  • Existential therapy
  • Human Givens psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy

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Fees

For individual work my usual fee is £35 per one hour session. If you call or e-mail me to arrange it, you’re welcome to come to my practice for a session completely free of charge to talk about what you need and how I might help you.  The more you really 'engage' with the therapy, the greater the chance that it will help you, and a 'taster' of this kind could be the start of that engagement. Or it might be that, having spoken with me, you have a clearer idea of what you want but choose to look for a different therapist.

Further information

I work in the centre of Newark in a large redbrick Victorian building called Cheltermill House, which is on Lombard Street (NG24 1XP). It’s opposite Asda and the bus station and next door to an antiques centre. My practice is on the first floor, but if you struggle with stairs I can arrange to see you in a downstairs room. The ground floor of the building accommodates a busy chiropractor’s service and there is a reception desk and a comfortable waiting area for my clients when they arrive.

Cheltermill House
38 Lombard Street
Newark-on-Trent
Nottinghamshire
NG24 1XP

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None

Accessibility

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.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified

Availability

I see clients mainly during the day, but I do have some evening and weekend availability.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Employee Assistance Programme
Mark Howkins, MSc, MA, Accredited Member UKCP, Registered Member BACP

Mark Howkins, MSc, MA, Accredited Member UKCP, Registered Member BACP

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