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About me

Hi, I'm Mark, I am an Accredited CBT Therapist working online and in-person.

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 where I enjoyed working with CBT.

Most recently, I worked with the local authority working with looked-after children who have suffered enduring trauma. Alongside my work within the NHS and associated services, I also have a private practice.

Member organisations


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

  • Social anxiety.
  • Death anxiety.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)


  • £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.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Unemployed

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).

Suite 4
Nags Corner
Wiston Road

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


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.

Wheelchair user access

Several steps leading up to the therapy area. Situated in a small business park, with lit-car park and free parking.


Please enquire in the first instance - Mondays and Tuesdays.

Types of client

Older adults
Mark Prestney Accredited CBT Therapist

Mark Prestney Accredited CBT Therapist