Why Come To Counselling.
Life, from time to time can become a struggle for all of us and often we feel the desire to reach out for some understanding or companionship. However, we still live in an age where we feel that reaching out for support or seeking any kind of help is regarded as weak.
My name is Mark Walsh and I believe the complete opposite, to seek out help and support in your darkest of hours in order to better understand yourself is a sign of true bravery and courage.
How We Will Work Together.
together we will embark upon a journey of self-exploration in order to get to the very core of your difficulties, concerns or issues. throughout this work we will address such questions as; Who am I really and what meaning does my life have? by addressing these questions and working through whatever issues brings you to counselling, we will discover a new sense of hope and instill a new fresh perspective on life.
How I Practise.
I regard myself as an existentially informed therapist with a person-centred approach to integrative counselling. This may sound like a mouthful but it basically means that i regard each and every person as a unique individual in their own right and that each person deserves their own unique approach to counselling. As I am a person-centred counsellor i believe that it is only you that knows what is best for you and this is why it is you that leads the session.
I consider the very bedrock of the therapeutic process to be the ability to establish and maintain a positive, mutually respective and mutually understanding relationship. within this process there is no power imbalance or class divide, we are just two individuals exploring your concerns together.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (B.A.C.P) and i work in accordance with their ethical guidelines.
Training, qualifications & experience
I'm qualified to a full Batchelor of Arts Degree level in counselling and I'm continually attending further education courses to further expand my knowledge and understanding of mental health issues.
I have experience working with a wide and diverse range of clients from various charities and community interest companies within the Sunderland area where I continue to do voluntary work.
An area in which I work closely with is helping armed forces veterans within the Sunderland and surrounding areas. I do this as I am also an armed forces veteran after serving just over 8 years in the Royal Navy.
Another subject which i work closely with is anticipatory grief because once again this is another area which i have personal experience in.
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
- Sense of Identity
- Armed Forces Veterans
Free 30 minute initial assessment, face to face or by telephone.
£40 For individual counselling lasting approximately 50 minutes.
£35 Per 50 minute session for the following;
- for individuals on a low income, (proof of benefits may be required),
- Emergency Services
- Armed Forces Veterans.
£50 For couples therapy.
£45 For couples therapy on a low income, (proof of benefits may be required).
£15 Per individual for group therapy.
Rates for employee assistance programmes are available upon request.
Concessions offered for
I enjoy the simple things in life such as spending time with my family, socialising with friends whom i regard as family and learning new and different things about life and the world. I also enjoy reflection and learning about other people and their experiences.