Mark McDonnell MA, MSc, UKCP (accredited psychotherapist)
A bit about me
I am 61 and came to psychotherapy training after a lot of life experience. I have worked in industry, living and working in various different countries. I have brought up a family. I practice meditation and have lots of cultural and sports interests.
What happens in our sessions?
We meet at the St Barnabas Counselling Centre in Norwich (NR2 4PU) where I rent rooms. Most of my work is managing a counselling charity and offering low-cost counselling there so I only have limited availability for private work at the moment.
For an hour the space is yours. There are many ways that healing, acceptance and peace of mind can be found:
- sometimes you may want me to really try to understand what its like for you at the moment;
- at other times you might need me to really hear and acknowledge what has happened to you or been done to you;
- you may need to be skilfully accompanied as you work through traumatic experiences and try to free yourself from their hold on you;
- you may need me to engage with you in a searching conversation as you try to make sense of life and find meaning in things again.
Is it time-limited?
You can have as many sessions as you need. There is no limitation. We usually meet at the same time each week for an hour.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained as a person-centred psychotherapist at the Metanoia Institute in London. I am a registered and accredited psychotherapist with the UK Council for Psychotherapy (ukcp.org.uk). I have completed five years training at Masters level. As well as the academic side, the training included undergoing several years of personal therapy and doing a lot of work on my own self-knowledge and awareness. After March 2019 I will be able to offer couples counselling on Thursday evenings.
Before becoming a therapist I spent five years in teaching and over twenty years in industry, working in the UK, Spain and the USA.
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.
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Relationship problems at work.
- Life changes such as
going to college or university,
promotions or redundancy,
becoming a carer,
- Ageing and facing one's own mortality.
- Finding meaning in life.
The first session is offered at £20 so that you can see whether it is right for you to work with me. Thereafter sessions cost £45 per hour and we usually meet weekly.