Mark Nicholls MBACP (Registered)
I am a person-centred counsellor and a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
As a person centred counsellor, I am caring, accepting and empathic. Adhering to strict ethical guidelines, I will provide a safe and confidential space for you to explore your issues, understand your feelings, develop acceptance and find peace.
Like many therapists, I came to work as a counsellor because of my own positive experience. I was amazed at how it helped me work through my issues and find the solutions I needed to transform my life.
Sometimes we can pinpoint the cause of our distress, such as a bereavement for instance. Often though it can be something far more intangible. There is just this sense that things are not right and no matter what you do you just can't seem to be happy.
Counselling gives us the opportunity to discover the source of our unhappiness, to resolve our issues and ultimately find the peace of mind we seek.
As well as private practice, I also work as a telephone counsellor for an Employee Assistance Programme provider. Prior to this I gained experience as a volunteer counsellor at the Macmillan Wellbeing Centre and also for the Manchester And Salford Counselling Service (MASCS).
I have helped clients with a wide range of issues and have extensive experience of bereavement, depression, anxiety and helping adults dealing with childhood trauma.
Many people I have worked with have spoken of their surprise at having being able to talk so openly with me about their issues and the pain that they are feeling. I always consider it a honour to be invited into a person's inner world as they try to identify and resolve those matters that are causing such distress.
I am very passionate about the work I do and for me there is nothing more satisfying than seeing a person become all that they can be. To ensure that I continue to offer my clients the very best, I adhere to the ethical guidelines set out by the BACP, attend regular professional development training and ensure that I am aware of developments and changes within the profession.
I work out of Sutton House, a dedicated therapy centre in Warrington, just a short walk from Warrington's Bank Quay Station.
Our first meeting would be an informal half-hour session, which I offer to all clients free of charge and with no obligation. This is an opportunity for us to get to know each other, for you to say a little about what is going on for you and most importantly to decide whether I am the right counsellor for you.
If we are happy to continue then we would look to arrange an hourly session, usually once a week and, where possible, on a day and at a time that suits you.
Although working through our issues can be difficult, the therapeutic journey most often leads to an empowering and life changing conclusion. I would be privileged to accompany you on your journey and I thank you for taking the time to read my profile.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP accredited course)
- Counselling & Psychotherapy for Children & Young People (Professional Development)
- Graduate Certificate in Counselling & Psychotherapy
- Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Introductory Transactional Analysis 101
- Introduction to Gestalt Therapy
- Tools and strategies to support Children and Young People with an Autism Spectrum Condition
- Suicide Guidelines Training
- Spirituality in Supportive, Palliative & Bereavement Counselling
- Working with Clients who have Cancer and Other Life Limiting Illnesses
- Working Therapeutically with Photographs
- Dementia Awareness Training
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Personal Development
- Life Coaching
I offer a free 30 minute consultation session for all prospective clients. This is a non obligatory opportunity for us to meet and decide whether we would like to work together.
I charge £40 per hour for all subsequent sessions.
Reduced rates are available for low-income clients and students.