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About me

Hi, I'm Mark, I practice as a person centred and experiential counsellor within the city of Sheffield. I am accredited with the UKCP, and a member of the BACP.

Working with a person-centred therapist means being alongside someone who will work at your pace, depth, and in the direction of your choosing. The relationship I offer is rooted in compassion, honesty and aims to be free of judgement, whatever you bring to it. As such, it offers you the opportunity to find your own authentic self and way of being in the world at large.

My experience as a whole includes (but is not limited to) working with the issues of bullying, anger, self harm, substance use, divorce and betrayal, difficulties with transition, trauma, anxiety, identity, low mood, confidence and self-esteem, depression, loss and bereavement.

I appreciate that there may be many doubts, fears and questions about counselling – what it feels like, how will you get on with me as your counsellor, what are the pros and cons. Therefore, I offer your first session at a reduced cost, allowing a chance to answer some of these questions.

Training, qualifications & experience

I completed an MSc (with Merit) in Person Centred and Experiential Counselling and Psychotherapy at the Sherwood Psychotherapy Institute in September 2017, and worked as a Registered Mental Nurse within the NHS for 28 years, retiring in April 2019. Alongside this, I work as a counsellor with a staff support service in the NHS, providing short- and long-term support for a variety of issues.

Besides my experience as a Registered Mental Nurse and psychotherapist in private practice, I work as a counsellor within the NHS providing psychological support to staff along a wide range of issues, both professional and personal.

I am committed to life long reflexive learning, and regularly update my practice by attendance of workshops and courses. My reading encompasses a wide range of subjects, and reflects my belief that curiosity is fundamental to an enlightened, evidence-based and relevant practice.

Regular clinical supervision helps to ensure that my practice is safe, ethical and as effective as possible, and facilitates the integration of my ongoing experience.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

BACP

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.

UKCP

UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

UK Council for Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

My practice is informed by, amongst other things, my own practice of mindfulness. While this does not constitute an explicit part of the therapy, I am happy to inform clients as much as possible of the possible benefits (and risks), as well as potentially relevant practices.

Therapies offered

  • Humanistic therapies
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy

Fees

I charge £30 per session for students and those who are not on a regular income, and £40 for those in full time employment.

The initial consultation via video or phone is free.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Availability

Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Please contact me to check availability.

Sheffield
South Yorkshire
S6

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

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Mark Smith MSc (Merit) MBACP, UKCP (Accredited)

Mark Smith MSc (Merit) MBACP, UKCP (Accredited)