Mark O'Leary - MBACP (Accred), Dip Couns, PG Cert

Mark O'Leary - MBACP (Accred), Dip Couns, PG Cert

Unit 25
Basepoint Business Centre
Isidore Road
B60 3ET

01527903671 / 07849 328578

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About me

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).

Over the last fifteen years I have worked with many hundreds of people, gaining extensive experience of working with diagnoses of:

  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
  • Personality disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Self harm
  • Suicidal ideation/intention
  • Obesessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Bereavement
  • Addiction
  • Abuse (all forms including domestic and childhood)
  • Anger management
  • Low self esteem
  • Low self confidence

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 fifteen years, before that I had spent over ten years in various office jobs, eventually leading to a job as 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 some form of personality disorder or complex mental health issue. 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 3500 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


Certificate in Supervision
Therapy Challenges– Stratford Upon Avon – November 2018

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


Elpis Counselling – Bromsgrove – Jan 2018-Present

OH Assist – Midlands – Jan 2018-Present

St Richards Hospice – Worcester – 2016-2017

Ingeus – Liverpool, Merseyside – 2013-2016

Asia Health International – Koh Chang, Thailand – 2012-2013

Richmond Psychosocial Foundation International – Richmond/Putney, London – 2010-2012

Connect Therapeutic Community – Moseley, Birmingham – 2004-2010

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


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My fees for individual counselling are as follows:

  • Initial Assessment Appointment £60.00 (50-minute session, fee payable in advance)
  • Individual Session Following Assessment £60.00 (50-minute session, fee payable in advance)

Cancellations/Payment Before First Session

If a session needs to be cancelled or re-arranged I ask for 48 hours notice prior to the appointment. If this notice is not given then unfortunately the full fee of £60.00 will be charged.

Currently, due to the demand on my service I am not able to offer reduced fees for counselling appointments.

Maps & Directions

Bromsgrove, B60 3ET

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Yes


I have limited availability and it also changes quite regularly. Therefore if you would like to know what my availabilty is, please contact me via email or through my website for details.

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

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Online supervision:Yes
Telephone supervision:Yes
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