Mark Steel - MBACP - Dip. Integrative Counselling
We can all feel as if we need some help or understanding at one time or another. Sometimes we might know what our issue is and where to find solutions but at other times it might not seem so easy. We may not be able to put our finger on exactly what our problem is or where to look for help or solutions. Whatever is causing our distress can take many forms; from a general feeling of unease to a specific fear or anxiety or even an overwhelming sense of loss or helplessness. Counselling can help by giving us the breathing space and a place of safety to talk through our concerns with care and understanding and without fear of judgement.
Being an integrative counsellor I am adaptable in my approach to working with people and in treating each person as the unique individual that they are. I specialise in working with anxiety, depression, obesity and food addiction, self-esteem, low confidence, grief, loss, panic and negative thoughts as well as help with general life issues.
I see you as the expert on you and your life. You are my guide to how you see things and experience the world, including whatever that may be causing you distress. I am there to hear your story and to explore together with you what goals for the future you may have and any changes you may wish to make and how you can achieve them.
Choosing a counsellor and getting started with counselling can be a daunting prospect for anyone, especially if it's your first time. I offer a free consultation meeting or phone conversation where you can tell me something about your situation and what you hope gain from counselling. I'll also answer any questions you may have about counselling and my approach and way of working. Then, if you feel comfortable to, we can schedule a first session. This would be for us to get to know a little more about each other and for you to decide if you feel that I'm the right counsellor for you or not. There is no obligation to continue if you feel this isn't the right thing for you at this time. If you did decide to continue sessions then we would regularly review our work together, considering what progress or gains you may be making and the planning of future sessions. This is a collaborative process that you are always totally in control of.
Please feel free to email, text or call to arrange a suitable time for a phone call to discuss any of this. In the meantime you can visit my website for more information and FAQ about counselling.
Training, qualifications & experience
NCFE Certificate in Counselling – Levels 1, 2 and 3.
BACP Accredited Diploma in Integrative Counselling
Mindfulness Practitioner – Levels 1, 2, 3 and Master
Life Coaching Practitioner Diploma
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
I have experience of working for an NHS Tier 3 consultancy counselling patients on the surgical pathway for bariatric surgery (gastric, band and bypass surgery). The aim is to help patients understand their eating patterns and make positive, lasting changes to their eating behaviours.
Practicing from home I have no room rental overheads and am therfore able to offer my clients a more affordable rate:
Adult one to one counselling - £40 per session.
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings.