Mark Penfold ~ Registered Member MBACP. DIPS

Mark Penfold ~ Registered Member MBACP. DIPS

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Mind Body And Soul
97 Gosbecks

07709 868361

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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.

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Accredited register membership


  • £40 - Individuals counselling

  • £50 - Couples counselling
  • £70 - Families

Maps & Directions

Colchester, CO2 9JT

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access: Yes


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

Types of client

Young people
Older adults