In the current pandemic as governments and health staff respond to the Covid-19 pandemic, a lot of people are struggling with anxiety, worry, and fear. Many of us are concerned with the future, the safety of ourselves and family members, job security and income prospects. I can provide emotional support during this very difficult time.
What is it you are thinking?
- ”I am unhappy in this relationship. No matter how hard we try, we just can’t fix it.”
- ”I am feeling sad and it has been hard for too long.”
- ”I just wish I could stop being so anxious.”
- “When will I ever get over this grief?”
- “It’s like my past is affecting how I cope today.”
It is good to talk through situations with friends and family. Sometimes this isn’t enough or it’s too difficult to share. We end up feeling stuck and alone. Miserable.
If you are reading this, I am thinking you are carrying emotional pain that you want rid of. We all want to have happy and fulfilling lives.
Do you think it is a sign of weakness if you need to see a therapist? Or that you’re not strong enough to deal with this situation yourself. Maybe you think you are a complete disaster and failure.
You are already thinking that someone else might be able to help you - otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this! You are starting to contemplate that if you share your problems with someone that you might get the help you need. It takes a lot of courage to ask for help.
That is bravery. That is confidence. That is personal strength
Many people get coaching in business and sport to be the best possible. Do you want to be the best version of yourself? Would you like to improve your relationship? I can help you intentionally focus on yourself and/or your relationships so you are in a much better emotional place.
Individual sessions last for 50 minutes whilst couple sessions are 90 minutes. My interest is in helping you have a better relationship with yourself and those you are closest to. I will work with you to focus on your personal priorities, at your pace, in a way you are comfortable with.
I specialise in couples counselling for relationship and family issues. Perhaps you or your partner had an affair. It is really difficult to deal with betrayal yourself. If you are facing separation or divorce I can help you prevent this or make this life transition less painful. You might be able to see a pattern of hurtful behaviour that seems to have you trapped. I can help you understand what is happening, coach you to change this destructive pattern, to feel better about yourself and create a better relationship with those you care about.
For many years I have worked successfully with individuals on a wide range of topics. Counselling can help make sense of confusing thoughts, anxiety and other painful feelings. My approach is flexible depending on what you share with me.
Having many years of management and supervisory experience, I also offer coaching/mentoring to help you identify and achieve your goals.
For me, therapy is about the relationship we create. Face to face works best.
Using a video platform works really well too and is ideal when we can not meet in person for whatever reason.
I will work with you at your pace and in a way you are comfortable with.
Quotation from a client: “Therapy with Mark has been life changing for me. Through the therapy I was able to process and understand difficult past circumstances which where impacting my life in the present. Mark has a wonderful ability to ask the right questions that come from his careful and thoughtful observation and reflection of your own words and body language. Which is then followed by his unique ability to challenge your thinking. This process in my experience becomes the gateway for personal change.”
We can meet in central Lurgan in a comfortable, private setting where I will help you feel safe. Or through a secure video platform (normally Zoom) from the security of your home.
Appointments are available both during the day and evenings. (Though evenings are much busier due to higher demand.) Ask and I will let you know when I am available.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a wealth of life experience and professional training in management, leadership and counselling. For many years I have worked successfully with individuals and couples on a wide range of topics.
I specialise in counselling for couples or other family members who are encountering relationship difficulties.
I have been practising as a therapist for over 10 years. I have attended lots of training and have a wide range of qualifications which include:
- Psychology (BSc honours) degree (open University)
- Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Vital Connexions)
- Certificate in Couple Counselling (Vital Connexions)
- Diploma in Counsellor Supervision (Vital Connexions)
- Emotionally Focussed Therapy (Sue Johnson): Externship
- Core Skills, Emotionally Focussed Therapy
- Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring (ILM)
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Is there something holding you back from achieving your dreams? I also offer coaching/mentoring to help you achieve your goals.
How does therapy start?
When you get in touch this is normally what happens next:
For an individual I offer an assessment (reduced charge) to understand your life experience and what you want to look at. This takes about 60 minutes.
For couples I see you together (approx 90 minutes - reduced charge) to hear about your relationship. This is followed by individual, assessment sessions with each of you to hear about your life history and how you see this relationship (approx 60 minutes each). Then we meet together again for a review.
This lets us decide and mutually agree if we are a good fit - that I can help you and that you are comfortable working with me. If we agree, we identify what you want to achieve and therapy begins...
- Couples Sessions - from £60 per 90 minute session
- Individual Sessions - from £40 per 50 minute session
In the current corona virus outbreak, many people and families are facing difficult financial decisions. My aim is to make counselling widely available, so if you feel that you really need help but find the fees prohibitive please contact me to discuss this.
Appointments can be arranged both during the day and evenings. (Though evenings are much busier due to higher demand.) Contact me to check availability.
Concessions offered for
I am flexible and offer both daytime and evening appointments.
I currently offer video or telephone counselling. Face to face sessions are not available during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Please get in touch to let me know if the cost of therapy is prohibitive and we may be able to negotiate an arrangement.