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Registered Member MBACP. DIPS

About me

Hi, I'm Mark, a counsellor who works with individuals, young people and specialises in anxiety and working with couples who have disconnected and wish to rediscover their emotional bond through better forms of communication and rebuilding trust. I offer you 19 years of experience. 
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.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

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

From £40.00 to £60.00

Additional information

  • £40 - Individuals counselling remote
  • Individuals face to face £47
  • £50 - Couples counselling remote
  • Couples face to face £60
  • £70 - Families

When I work

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

Kingsland, London Road, Stanway, Colchester, Essex, CO2 9JT

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families

Key details

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