About me

Hello I'm Mark and thanks for stopping by. I guess, you may be feeling nervous, not quite sure of what to do next, feeling perhaps a loss of direction or just feeling what's the point or I can't be bothered really. It's okay to feel any or perhaps all of these; we're all just trying to do our best and who said it was going to be easy or plain sailing anyway?

A little of my story

Well done if you're still reading. I'm pleased you're still with me. I guess it's my turn now, so I work as a counsellor and have done in my own practice (self-employed) for four years now.  I also volunteer with two charities in Cambridge supporting people who have experienced childhood trauma and people who have lost loved ones. Likewise, with counselling in my own practice for four years, I have been a volunteer counsellor for four years too. Before counselling, I had been teaching for almost 25 years in further education (16 to adult) in Cambridge and London.

A little about the work

Over the last four years, I qualified in October 2016, I have found that people who I have worked with or counselled have generally responded to being accepted for who they are, not being judged but being heard; feeling like they have a voice in the counselling room. They can then take that voice outside to use as a vital resource in their own lives which could allow them to make the changes they feel they would like to, just to not feel adrift or rudderless anymore.

Thoughts such as what's the point, I don't know what to do, nobody listens to me anymore, or I'm invisible may have a history so I work with the history and sometimes these thoughts can have their roots in childhood, sometimes in families or sometimes in relationships and sometimes it can be a blend of all three, so that's where the work would be. We look at the context, perhaps identify problematic thoughts, feelings or behaviours and we build from there. Perhaps reconnecting the fragments which may have become separated down the years, through particular circumstances or situations which you may have experienced as a child, teenager or adult but looking back may see them now as being perhaps not so helpful.

How long will it last and how will I know?

Sometimes people are okay with 6 sessions or 12 sessions, others may prefer longer or open-ended work. Only you can decide when the time is right and you have had enough. Usually I have found when your gaze turns outwards rather than inwards, this can be a real sign of movement. Another way of looking at it is when your world turns from grey (people often looking down so all they see is the ground) to colour (people looking straight ahead or up to see the world in colour or 3D)

Some counselling language

If you're looking for the technical or counselling language, then I initially trained as a humanistic counsellor (identifying blockages that thwart human potential) though I have also had training in Adlerian counselling (more about identifying our internal scripts carried from childhood and looking at how these have shaped our lives in what could be socially harmful or helpful ways with a view to helping us to gain a sense of belonging within our relationships and communities) Much of the cognitive work of the present, you may have heard of CBT or cognitive behavioural therapy is grounded in Adlerian psychology.  So the subsequent cognitive training I have had in CBT and SFT (Solution Focused Therapy) has grown quite naturally from my earlier training.

CPD or Continuing Professional Development

I am a great believer in ongoing learning and training (CPD) I learn so much from my work and hopefully the people I work with learn too. Continuing professional development is also a good sign of professional and ethical practice too and I am a keen supporter of the BACP's (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) Ethical Framework which you can look up online if you wish. It's in the public domain.

I have outlined my current CPD and past mandatory counselling training below.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Work Experience:
  • Counselling in Private Practice: Cambridge. (Oct 16 - Present)
  • Counsellor (Private & Volunteer) at Choices Counselling Cambridge. (Jan 16 - Present)
  • Bereavement Support Volunteer at Cruse Bereavement Care, Cambridge. (June 15 - Present)

Counselling Training & Qualifications:

  • Dip. Couns. AQA/AIM (Humanistic) Sept 12 - July 16

Hills Rd Sixth Form College, Cambridge and  Chesterton Community College, Cambridge.  (Eve Classes/ Weekends/ Summer Terms)

  • Adlerian Society UK Institute for Individual Psychology (ASIIP) Post Dip. Couns. CPD Training in Adlerian Counselling  (Sept 17 - June 21.)

Bottisham Village College, Bottisham, Cambs.

  • AIM L4 Cert. Working with Depression (Sept. - Dec '15)

CPDC Cambridge Prof. Devel. Centre, Cambridge.

  • Understanding Depression, Anxiety and CBT Uni. of Reading (Online CPD) May '16

Psychosexual Work:

  • Attachment, neuroscience and sexual behaviour  Dr. Glyn Hudson Allez      (Online Jan 21)
  • Prof. Cert. Trauma, Harmful Compulsions and Harmful Sexual Behaviour  StopSO/COSRT London (Oct 19 - Feb 20)
  • Fdn. Cert. Working with issues around sex, sexuality and relationships StopSO/COSRT Glasgow (Apr 19)
  • Choices Counselling Training (Working with survivors of childhood trauma/ PTSD/ CPTSD) Cambridge (Oct - Nov '15)

Trauma Work:

  • Mindsight, Attachment and Clinical Integration Dr Dan Siegel (University of California, Los Angeles) via PESI UK. Online (Aug. 21)
  • Working with Dissociative Disorders in Clinical Practice.  Carolyn Spring Reversing Adversity (carolynspring.com) online (May/June 21)
  • Helping clients to manage anger. Martin Hogg BACP Prof Devel.  (Jan21)
  • Working with shame. Choices Counselling, Cambridge. (Jan 21)
  • Exploring personality disorders especially borderline personality disorder in relation to trauma. Choices Counselling, Cambridge. (Oct 20)
  • Looking at alcoholism within the context of trauma. Choices Counselling, Cambridge (July 20)
  • Within the context of trauma, working with suicidal feelings. Choices Counselling, Cambridge. (May/ June 20)
  • Working with Self Harm and Suicide PODS Training London July 18
  • Working with Relational Trauma PODS Training London July 17
  • Working with Dissociation PODS Training London July 17
  • Caring for People with Psychoses Kings' College, London.  May 16
  • Choices Counselling Training (Working with survivors of childhood trauma/ PTSD/ CPTSD) Cambridge (Oct - Nov. '15)

Grief Counselling Work:

  • 'Life After Suicide' Counselling those Bereaved by Suicide. Cruse Bereavement Care (Online, Oct 20)
  • 'Exploring Loss and Bereavement' Cruse Bereavement Care (Online Training,  July 20)
  • Supporting the Bereaved by Suicide. Closed Group Support, Cruse Bereavement Care, Cambridge.  (June 18 - Feb. 20) Temporarily closed due to Covid 19.
  • Awareness in Bereavement Care Cert. Cruse Bereavement Care. Clinical Sch. Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge. (Oct - Dec. 14)

Exploring Meaning and Identity (Transpersonal and Existential Work)

  • The Life Journey (Rigidity and Change) Caroline Brazier BACP CPD Online (Nov 20)
  • Exploring the psychological and spiritual needs of the middle aged and older clients Els Van Ooijen BACP CPD Online (Nov 20)
  • Discovering a Spiritual Identity Andelo Tabu BACP CPD Online (Dec 20/ Jan 21)

Member organisations

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.

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Harmful sexual behaviour and compulsions.

Fees

£40.00 per session

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

£40 per (60 minute) hour.

£25 for first session of one hour.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Cambridge in-person work: Mon to 4.30pm. 

Day & Evening via Zoom/Skype or phone.

Please email or call for current availability.  

Further information

Sometimes clients ask what is the difference between a counsellor and a therapist/ psychotherapist. Perhaps a better way to approach this question is to reframe it in terms of the work. They all work to create a therapeutic alliance with the client which offers then a space in which clients can explore their issues with the counsellor/therapist working as an ally to encourage them to recognise a unique way forward for them, so potentially more than 7 billion ways as each client is a unique world within themselves. Essentially then it is a therapeutic way of working which typically begins with a period of exploration, which can lead to insight and this in turn could result in change leading to personal growth.

Cambridge
Cambridgeshire
CB4

Cambridge
Cambridgeshire
CB24

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

In England and Wales, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) carry out criminal records checks for individuals working with vulnerable groups, such as children. To find out more, visit gov.uk , or contact this professional directly

Wheelchair user access

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.

Online platforms

Skype
Zoom
Mark Welsh

Mark Welsh