Mark O'Leary - MBACP (Accred), Dip Couns, PG Cert
Most people at some point in their life will find it difficult to manage the demands and complexities of life. This could be because of bereavement, anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues, negative childhood experiences, stress, anger management, sleep problems, bullying or eating disorders/body image; research shows that one in six people in the UK will experience some form of mental health issue during their lifetime (though I believe the actual figure is actually much higher than that).
If you wish to find out more about counselling or psychotherapy please contact me and if you think it is for you, we can make an appointment that might help you change your life for the better allowing you to have a happier, calmer and more rewarding present and future, by finding resolution and peace in your past.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been working in the field of mental health for nearly 14 years, before that I had spent over ten years in various office jobs eventually building up to becoming a network engineer for a major mobile phone company. I was never happy or settled though and I started an evening Psychology course at The University of Birmingham in 2003. This was the catalyst for a complete career change as I found the whole course so amazingly interesting. I began looking for jobs in the mental health field and was lucky enough to get a job as a support worker in a residential Therapeutic Community in Birmingham that worked with people diagnosed with a personality disorder. This was the scariest, but the most amazing thing I every experienced and though I was often scared and feeling out of my depth, I found the work and the clients so inspirational I could not leave. In 2005 I began four years of training and I qualified as a psychotherapist in 2009. I havent looked back since.
I have a unique mix of knowledge, experience and skills that has been constantly added to and built upon over the years. Having worked in many different therapeutic environments for so long and learning so much about how different behaviours, issues, traumas, experiences can influence a person’s thoughts and feelings through that work, my therapy practice reflects myself and is a very calm, safe, experienced and boundaried space to talk about and explore anything that affecting your quality of life or your ability to enjoy your experience of life and the people in it.
I am a humanistic practitioner working with people flexibly and always with their needs at the forefront of any work we do. Every person is different and has different needs and requirements in terms of support and therefore I believe my experience in working in different environments, using different techniques and theories means I am able to work successfully with a wide variety of people with lots of different issues successfully.
I qualified as a psychotherapist in 2009 and I have over 3200 hours of post qualification experience. I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I abide by their Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.
I have worked with clients experiencing issues such as self harm, suicidal ideation, eating disorders, addictions, abuse, depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, grief/loss and trauma. I have also worked in both private practice and residential settings with people who have been diagnosed with a personality disorder or have a dual diagnosis. Previously I have taught counselling skills to level 3 & 4 counselling students. I have worked in Birmingham, London, Lincoln, Liverpool, Chester Thailand and now Bromsgrove.
• MBACP (Accred): On BACP Accredited Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists
Postgraduate Certificate in Psychological Trauma
Chester University – Chester – January 2017
Diploma in Transactional Analysis Therapeutic Counselling
Elan Training and Development – Hale, Manchester 2005-2009
NVQ3 Health and Social Care
Bournville College – Bournville - Birmingham 2007
Cert HE Psychology
The University of Birmingham - Birmingham 2003-2005
Transactional Analysis 101
Berne Institute - Nottingham 2004
Connect Therapeutic Community – Moseley, Birmingham – 2004-2010
SUPPORT WORKER/TRAINEE PSYCHOTHERAPIST/PSYCHOTHERAPIST
Richmond Psychosocial Foundation International – Richmond/Putney, London - 2010-2012
CLINICAL TEAM LEADER
Asia Health International – Koh Chang, Thailand - 2012-2013
DRUG AND ALCOHOL COUNSELLOR
Ingeus – Liverpool, Merseyside - 2013-2016
MENTAL HEALTH ADVISOR
St Richards Hospice – Worcester - 2016-2017
Elpis Counselling - Bromsgrove, Worcestershire - 2018 - present
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
- Gestalt therapy
My fees for individual counselling are as follows:
- Initial Assessment Appointment £50.00 (50-minute session, fee payable in advance)
- Individual Session Following Assessment £50.00 (50-minute session, fee payable in advance)
All fees are currently required to be paid in advance of the appointment.
If any reports or letters are required, then the fee will depend on the type of report and letter needed and therefore will be set around this.
Cancellations/Payment Before First Session
If a session is to be cancelled I need at least 48 hours notice of the cancellation. Any less than 48 hours and the full fee of £50.00 will be charged.
I also require an initial payment of £100.00 (the equivalent of two counselling appointments) before the first session can take place. £50.00 will be held in reserve until the final session, unless an appointment is missed without adequate notice, in which case it will be used to pay for the missed appointment. This will ensure a weekly counselling appointment with me and I can then reserve a day and time for you that will be yours for as long as you require it.
Currently, due to the demand on my service I am not able to offer reduced fees for counselling appointments.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am based in Bromsgrove and currently have availability on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursday and Fridays. I have a mix of morning, afternoon and evening appointments on these days.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I am an integrative clinical supervisor working with psychodynamic, person centred, transactional analysis and CBT models.