Mark Rietema (Psychotherapist, Somatic Therapist, NHS Practitioner)
Hello and Welcome! I remember how important it felt to pick a therapist that felt right for me, yet somehow I stepped in blindly, knowing very little about the person. I really value you making a choice with whom you want to start your journey with, and to take time with this. With that in mind, please feel free to have a look below, to set up a call or to book a one off session to see if we want to work together.
Care, curiosity, empathy and creativity are at the heart of my work.
My approach is based on Process Oriented Psychology, my clinical practice in the NHS and my qualifications, studies and research in Embodiment and Wellbeing. I use an integrative approach to meet each person individually and to help people overcome difficulties and to find meaning, ease and happiness.
I deeply believe that people already have what they need. That by bringing a gentle curiosity to all parts of our existence, and by trusting the creative pattern that underlie often seemingly disturbing, chaotic or painful experiences, a way forward will emerge organically. This is not to belittle the difficulties and pain that you might experience. More that by becoming aware of all our thoughts, our body experiences and life situations, both the welcome and unwelcome ones, new ways will emerge.
Important within this is to work with what feels right and appropriate for you, and you can expect a safe, non-judgemental and empathetic space to process and journey.
Awareness of the dynamics of power and privilege in our society, as well as in the therapy room, are important underpinnings of my work. I specifically welcome people from marginalised or racialised groups, and actively work on an awareness of my own socialisation, actions and privileges.
Therapy can be long or short term, there is no prescribed time frames. I usually ask people to come for a reduced rate one-off session and if it feels right for both of us we can then agree on a number of sessions. This can then be regularly reviewed, with an agreed closing session.
I’m looking forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
UKCP accredited Psychotherapist, BA Social Work, MA Community Arts, Somatic Practitioner (BMC). I have worked within the mental health sector in the NHS for many years, work privately in person and online and have facilitated groups, talks and workshops for different Universities and Institutions over many years.
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
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Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
From £40.00 to £60.00
Concessions offered for
£40-60 (£15 for initial session)
I have both daytime and evening slots during the week.