Mark Maunsell-Thomas Adv Dip NCS Accred. Reg.
It takes courage to become truly and confidently oneself. I believe I can help by offering you two streams of beneficial insight in a combination balanced to suit your needs.
The discipline I've given most of my professional life to is yoga therapy, which explores the deep relationship between states of body and states of mind and strengthens one in order to strengthen and protect the other. I studied yoga in the UK and India for nine years, changing my own outlook and aspirations in the process.
In recent years, I've extended this deeply formative experience with professional training as a counsellor. In essence my therapeutic method is rooted in mindfulness - the innate ability we share to bring calm perspective to experience and as a result to connect fully and fearlessly with the present moment. It makes counselling a joint enterprise. Together we will acknowledge and gain perspective on the same fundamental obstacles and anxieties.
I’m convinced that a fusion of ancient and contemporary therapeutic practice can be enlivening in every sense and address the causes of mental, emotional and physical disquiet.
Yoga and counselling have much in common and complement one another perfectly. Yoga is all about cultivating awareness often by means as simple as observing the natural flow of the breath. Yoga therapy will help you to:
- develop insight into what is happening inside you, psychologically and emotionally.
- cultivate the presence of mind to be able to feel your way into uncomfortable experiences and disarm them
- calm the nervous system
- enhance autonomy and well-bring.
I work from a studio next to my family home near Aveton Gifford or I can meet you at your own home.
Please phone or email me, whatever you prefer. If it feels right to both of us we will have an introductory session to meet one another and see that we both feel comfortable working together. If we choose to work together, we will agree on a number of sessions (normally six) to begin, so that there's commitment on both sides. We'll review the arrangement periodically so that you continue to feel in control of the process.
Training, qualifications & experience
Advanced Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy 2015-17 with the Dartmoor Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy
BWY dip Yoga Teacher 2005 with the Bihar School of Yoga
I've worked in a wide range of environments - with adolescents, adults and elders, in private practice, local government, schools and corporations.
I have extensive experience of working with clients with chronic health problems.
I'm an experienced group facilitator and trainer of yoga teachers in Yoga Nidra and meditation. An integral part of this role was offering the necessary support and guidance to the members of the group.
Registered / Accredited
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National Counselling Society
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In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£30 for initial consultation
£40 an hour thereafter
£60 for 2 hour counselling and yoga therapy (recommended for those with chronic ailments)
Mileage chargeable at 35p per mile when working in your home + travel time at £40 per hour
Concessions offered for
I love spending time in nature, growing wholesome food and sinking my fingers in the Earth. I don't get as much time to do that as I used to as I have 2 daughters.