About me

Hi, I'm Mark, I am a BABCP Accredited CBT Therapist working remotely and in-person, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It’s fair to say that life from time-to-time may not go as we had hoped, and when this happens it can be challenging to see a way through it – like treading water or wading through treacle! Sometimes, we need a little help along the way. In doing so, a caring and attentive ear with a safe pair of hands often can help.

I am here to offer just that – an empathetic, considerate, respectful and confidential space to help enable you to manage better with the challenges being faced. I am a firm believer in the importance and the power of the therapeutic relationship, and how this can significantly improve one’s goal from therapy.

With a focus on the here and now, to facilitate change by giving you an enhanced understanding of the important relationship that occurs between our thoughts and emotions. By understanding this, better we can learn to adjust our thoughts and behaviours to become healthier, less unhelpful and less overwhelming.

I am enthusiastic about working with the wide range of issues in a pure CBT modality such as anxiety – generalised anxiety disorder, social anxiety, health anxiety, death anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress disorder, hoarding, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder with/without agoraphobia, body dysmorphic disorder and phobias; including emetophobia.

Throughout my work, I offer an approachable, respectful, non-judgemental, caring and empathetic manner. If you would like to have a chat about how I can help, please call or email me and I will be happy to help.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Degree in Psychology
  • Master’s degree in Mental Health Nursing
  • Qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Management & Organisational Dynamics
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
  • Fully DBS-Enhanced checked
  • Registered mental health nurse with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC)
  • Registered with the Royal College of Nursing (RCN)
  • Member of British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).

I worked in the NHS for 14 years, working in a wide range of settings including inpatient mental health secure units, prisons, and various community mental health teams including early intervention and specialist work and later in management. I have also worked in an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service.

I have also worked with the local authority social care working with looked-after children who have suffered enduring trauma. Alongside this work, I also have a private practice. Most recently, I have also worked within the corporate sector.

Member organisations

BABCP

British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies

The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.

Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.

BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Death anxiety

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)

Fees

£70.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Additional information

  • £70 per 50 minute session.

I offer brief and longer-term CBT for adults, please give me a call or email with any questions, or to book a session.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Please enquire in the first instance. From Wednesday 30th June I am opening up more available session slots during the day on a Wednesday and Thursday. 

Further information

In the UK, CBT is the leading evidence-based psychological intervention recommended for first-line treatment of depression and anxiety, as recommended by NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence).

Certified with the ICO (Information Commissioner's Office) on an annual basis in respect to GDPR and maintaining secure and confidential records.

Chelmsford
Essex
CM1

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS checked

Online platforms

Zoom
Mark Prestney

Mark Prestney