Our Trainers & Therapists
All therapists abide by the BACP’s ethical framework.
My clinical practice as a Counsellor and Supervisor has evolved over the past ten years and I’m now increasingly drawn to working in an integrated way which includes the body and not only focuses on the mind. I believe strongly that particularly with Trauma, the work starts from the felt senses to include inner child work and trauma-informed movement and body work. Having more recently qualified as a (Scaravelli-influenced) Yoga teacher, I have studied and explored the qualities and principles of integrated movement and I am able to incorporate this into my counselling work which marries beautifully with the principles inherent to the person-centred way of being and working which form the cornerstones of all my work.
I love to work creatively and include EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) where relevant. I’m also a life-Coach, a Reiki Master and trainer, and up until recently, a college lecturer teaching Person-Centred Counselling up to and including degree level at East Sussex College Group.
When I’m not working, you’ll find me enjoying Flamenco classes, swimming, cooking or walking our dog Ruby.
My practice as a therapist, supervisor, and trainer is grounded in the person-centred and experiential approach though my practice is continually evolving as I learn more about how we can become troubled and disturbed, and what helps us to heal and change.
I am influenced by ideas that relate the mind and body to each other as we grow and develop as individuals, and how we can become troubled and disturbed and of the impact of acute and chronic stress brought about by some form of trauma on who and how we are. Some of the ideas that have influenced me are from Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Gestalt therapy, Focusing orientated therapy, and from Mindfulness theory and practice. Of late I have become influenced by neurobiological perspectives of how we may all to some degree be affected by trauma in our lives and how this can cause us to be troubled and disturbed in the sense of self we develop. I am excited by some of the ideas coming out of neurobiology that indicate that genuine understanding, acceptance, and compassion are what we most need to integrate mind and body. I have long held the belief that receiving these qualities and attitudes are fundamental to any healing or change we need for ourselves to lead the best kind of lives we can for ourselves, and in our relationships.
Until recently I was the Course Leader of the Foundation Degree and Honours Degree in Person-Centred Counselling at East Sussex College. My 15 years of teaching on these Degree courses and facilitating the development of so many creative and gifted counsellors brought me much fulfilment. I have now taken my passion for teaching into association with CPCAB to deliver a range of counselling courses for Sough Coast Wellbeing and Training from Level 2 through to Level 6. I will also be delivering a range of CPD workshops for counsellors and psychotherapists at South Coast Wellbeing and Training.
My name is Mark. I specialise in helping people overcome and gain recovery from addiction and have been doing so since 2009. I have tailored my style of therapy to enable my clients to not only gain as much insight into their own addiction, but also the tools to live a more fulfilling life free of addiction.
In addition, I have worked as a volunteer at a charity organisation where counselling was offered for carers. I have also worked at one of the largest NHS doctors’ surgeries in Eastbourne where I was the leading therapist for 3 years covering many areas of mental health. As my own private practice grew, I felt it was appropriate to concentrate more of my time in my specialist field of addiction, as well as general mental health difficulties to include bereavement, self-esteem issues and all forms of abuse. I also offer couples counselling should you be looking for help and support with your relationship.
Although my practice is formed primarily in the Person-Centred Approach, I also have training in other areas and in addition I am currently studying a degree in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and therefore adhere to their code of ethics. Being a member of the BACP, I follow the ethical framework for good practice which requires regular supervision as well as a minimum set hours per year for continued professional development.
It can be a struggle to even find the right counsellor, who not only are we comfortable with, but equally fully understands the difficulties we may be facing. As a good working relationship is of the highest importance to my therapy, I offer a half price introductory session to help you make a better informed decision as to whether I am the one that you feel comfortable enough to work with.