About me

Hi, I'm Mark, a Person Centred Counsellor based in Colchester.

Counselling should always be a journey in which you come to a greater understanding of yourself and the issues that concern you. For some people that journey can last months, and for others a few sessions can make the difference in being and thinking differently, towards becoming a healthier individual. So many of us long to discover the real us beyond the masks we wear, or defences we build to prevent that happening.

Working with individuals couples, families and young people aged 11-18, I work with many issues specialising in anger management, anxiety and being more assertive. I have been qualified for 16 years working with adults, and 10 years experience working with young people aged 11-25.

I see myself as someone able to put people at ease, allowing them to be heard in telling their own unique story, in the present or from the past. I value the importance of forging a bond of trust with each person in a spirit of openness. So whether you want to discover the real you or simply find a solution to a current difficulty...

I would be glad to share your story.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Person- Centred Counselling
  • Certificate in Couples Counselling
  • Register Member of the British Association Of Counsellors (BACP) and I adhere to their code of ethics.

After qualifying, I was a volunteer counsellor for two years with a charity who worked with individuals facing drug and alcohol issues. I then became a youth counsellor with Nacro for 6 years, after which I worked for Barnardo's in Family Intervention. 

I am currently working for a local high school two days a week as well as having a private practice of adult clients. I enjoy working with both adults and young people as well as couples and although qualified in person-centred counselling I do incorporate elements of a psychodynamic and CBT approach.

Member organisations


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.


Additional information

  • £40 - Individuals counselling

  • £50 - Couples counselling
  • £70 - Families


Flexible appointments, excluding Thursday afternoons. If you text me on my mobile number I will call you back as soon as possible.

Mind Body And Soul
97 Gosbecks

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.


Mark Penfold

Mark Penfold