Welcome to Elpis Counselling

It is normal for people to sometimes struggle with the demands and complexities of life. These struggles are often influenced and exacerbated by previous experiences or events which then effect the way we think and feel about ourselves, other people and the wider world. No two people experience things exactly the same way. Some people may become anxious or depressed when times are tough (or sometimes for no obvious reason at all) while others may find it difficult to control their anger, develop sleep problems, issues around eating/body image or find that bad memories from the past may be constantly  popping up in their thoughts or dreams. Research shows that one in six people in the UK will experience some form of mental health issue during their lifetime (though I believe the actual figure is actually much higher than that).

It is common for people to feel that they are weak or useless or failing in some way if they reach out and seek support for what they are going through. The British ‘stiff upper lip’ still exists and often people hold a belief that talking to someone about their thoughts and feelings is wrong and they should be able to ‘just deal with it’. The problem with this is that over time negative thoughtS, feelings and experiences can build up to a point we cant push them down or away any more and we start to feel overwhelmed, stressed and mentally and physically unwell.

With this in mind, if you are reading this and it is the first time you have thought about or looked for a counsellor or therapist then I would like to say ‘Well Done’! Realising that you need some support and being able to own what is happening to you and not ignoring it is often the most difficult step to take in the road to a happier and calmer life. The road to understanding ourselves and why we think, feel and behave the way we do (even though it makes us feel bad) is often a very rocky and bumpy one. What I can say though is that those who are motivated and open to the prospect of change can get to a place where they are better able to make their way through this wonderfully strange, unpredictable, confusing and often scary world, with a better understanding of their place and place of other people within it.

If you wish to find out more about counselling or psychotherapy please contact me and if you think it is for you, we can make an appointment that might help you change your life and lead you down a road of self discovery and clarity which will enable you to make the most of yourself and the people around you.

Mark O'LearyAbout Mark

I have been working in the field of mental health for 13 years, initially as a support worker in a therapeutic community, then I started four years of training and started working as a trainee psychotherapist ten years ago.

I have a unique mix of knowledge, experience and skills that has been constantly added to and built upon over the years. Having worked in many different therapeutic environments for so long and learning so much about how different behaviours, issues, traumas, experiences can influence a person’s thoughts and feelings through that work, my therapy practice reflects myself and is a very calm, safe, experienced and boundaried space to talk about and explore anything that affecting your quality of life or your ability to enjoy your experience of life and the people in it.

I am a humanistic practitioner working with people flexibly and always with their needs at the forefront of any work we do. Every person is different and has different needs and requirements in terms of support and therefore I believe my experience in working in different environments, using different techniques and theories means I am able to work successfully with a wide variety of people with lots of different issues successfully.

I qualified as a psychotherapist in 2009 and I have over 3200 hours of post qualification experience. I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I abide by their Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.

I have worked with clients experiencing issues such as self harm, suicidal ideation, eating disorders, addictions, abuse, depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, grief/loss and trauma. I have also worked in both private practice and residential settings with people who have been diagnosed with a personality disorder or have a dual diagnosis. Previously I have taught counselling skills to level 3 & 4 counselling students. I have worked in Birmingham, London, Lincoln, Liverpool, Chester Thailand and now Bromsgrove.

PROFESSIONAL

• MBACP (Accred): On BACP Accredited Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

Postgraduate Certificate in Psychological Trauma
Chester University – Chester – January 2017

Diploma in Transactional Analysis Therapeutic Counselling
Elan Training and Development – Hale, Manchester 2005-2009

NVQ3 Health and Social Care
Bournville College – Bournville – Birmingham 2007

Cert HE Psychology
The University of Birmingham – Birmingham 2003-2005

Transactional Analysis 101
Berne Institute – Nottingham 2004

WORK EXPERIENCE

St Richards Hospice – Worcester – 2016-2017
COUNSELLOR

Ingeus – Liverpool, Merseyside – 2013-2016
MENTAL HEALTH ADVISOR

Asia Health International – Koh Chang/, Thailand – 2012-2013
DRUG AND ALCOHOL COUNSELLOR

Richmond Psychosocial Foundation International – Richmond/Putney, London – 2010-2012
CLINICAL TEAM LEADER

Connect Therapeutic Community – Moseley, Birmingham – 2004-2010
SUPPORT WORKER/TRAINEE PSYCHOTHERAPIST/PSYCHOTHERAPIST