‘I found Mark by looking at a list of therapists and decided he seemed approachable and pragmatic, luckily, I was absolutely right. When I first met with Mark I was in a relationship that wasn’t rewarding, I was questioning what was important to me and unsure of my own value to me and my children. Through easy conversation, gentle probing, some tough questions and genuine humour I built a relationship with Mark where it felt as though I was talking to a friend and examining things that initially appeared both minor and significant – it was always interesting to me how small issues were often the root to something more substantial.
We reached a point where I had identified the changes I wanted to make, been supported through implementing them and understood myself much more which has resulted in my becoming much more comfortable with me and my life. It was a bittersweet moment when I said goodbye to Mark, I know his door is open and I am much stronger for my time working with him, but boy do I miss those weekly chats.
If you are reading this, then you might be looking for a therapist and are wondering whether you should spend some time talking with a therapist. I honestly can’t recommend Mark enough to take that first step with.’
‘Mark is warm, kind and friendly. His willingness to listen without judging make him easy to trust. Mark’s careful use of his intuition means that not knowing what to say next is doesn’t stop the therapy process, and his openness and compassion ensure that even difficult issues are possible to talk through without feeling ashamed. Mark is honest and enthusiastic, he helped me to persevere through some extremely difficult times, and stuck with me when it must have been tempting to walk away. Mark’s willingness to really see me when I felt, and at times tried to be, invisible has been a major factor in enabling me to make massive changes so that instead of being self-destructive, needing 24hr residential care and unable to work, I am living independently, working full time and enjoying life.’
‘Mark became my counsellor during the last year of my husbands life. He helped me come to terms with the mountains of feelings that constantly whirled around my head. He didn’t just help me to deal with my husbands illness, but enabled me to understand how important it was to look after myself. I always found Mark to be a calm and compassionate counsellor who gently encouraged and challenged me to explore and eventually accept very difficult feelings.His help through the most distressing time of my life has been invaluable.’
‘As I’m sure is the case for many people, the decision to begin therapy was a difficult one for me. Having experienced difficulties for many years following a childhood bereavement and trauma I felt anxious about the prospect of discussing my emotions. From the first moment I made contact with Mark he was calm, patient and reassuring. I felt at ease quickly and Mark excels in explaining the process of therapy, demystifying what could have felt intimidating.
Since I started working with Mark I’ve been able to open up and discuss difficulties I never expected to be able to share. With Mark there is never judgement but always empathy and kindness. Mark has an flexible approach and has always been clear that I’m treated as an individual with Mark adapting his therapeutic methods to meet my needs.
Mark has helped me begin the process of healing and I feel very lucky to have found Mark to work with me through this stage of my life.’