Mark Allinson (mbacp)Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Mary Ward Centre)
Certificate in Counselling (Birkbeck, London)
Certificate in Executive Coaching (Institute of Leadership & Management)
BA, PhD (University of Leeds)
Accredited Mediator (Regent's University London)
I have worked for fifteen years as a counsellor with a wide range of clients in both open-ended and time-limited (sometimes called 'brief therapy') arrangements. I work mostly online but I can still clients in person in my therapy room.
My clients say that I put them at ease, and that they appreciate my honesty and clarity.
A recent client said this:
"The sessions were extremely useful for uncovering and examining negative thought patterns. I found our interactions to be far more practical and helpful than previous therapy I have had (+3 years psychoanalysis at The Tavistock). Through the sessions, I have developed the skills to be able to identify and manage my acute anxiety. My quality of life has improved significantly."
I have experience of working - in both English and Spanish - with clients bringing a range of issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, loss or bereavement, work issues, relationship problems, sexual issues or addictions. If appropriate and agreed with the client, I incorporate coaching techniques into the work.
I am a member of the BACP - British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy - which means that I follow their ethical framework and work to their professional standards. This, in turn, means that I engage in continuous professional development. I am Registered with the BACP which means I am on the list of approved counsellors of the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.
My training - over five years - has involved the integration of different approaches to therapy and psychological change. You can read more about how this feeds into my way of working by looking at the 'What to expect' tab to the left. My approach combines the values of what is called person-centred counselling, in which I first trained, with the more analytical focus of the psychodynamic tradition. I have also done a year of training in transactional analysis psychotherapy at the Metanoia institute, and also gained a professional recognition as an accredited mediator, but with a strong focus on psychological rather than legal aspects of conflict resolution.
As well as working as a counsellor, I also work in higher education and work as a coach and mentor in leadership development.