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That's me next to a swimming pool on a rooftop - about to share some stuff at an international psychotherapy conference - hypnosis for real...
So - Why Me?
Because I actually give a xxxx.
I have personally lost 70lb since that photo was taken - worked with roughly 10,000 weight loss clients who have lost about 5 tonnes - consulted with some of the top Harley St Clinics, managed a homeless project, ran one of the most successful drug projects in the UK and now mainly specialise in helping people set and reach their goals. I also do quite a lot of helping people overcome issues related to food, overeating, addiction and low self esteem.
And - of course - I teach self hypnosis - for most things - especially for self esteem - and what can seem like "unbelievable" weight loss...
I've since read about 1000 books and reviewed a couple of hundred on Amazon along the way - I even became an Amazon top reviewer - and have linked 5 books I have personally reviewed to give you a feel of how you can "learn how to get better" - and most books cost less than a tenner - so don't let the cost of getting better hold you back...
Helps to question "health advice"...
Transactional Analysis is life changing...
Change your body as well as your mind...
Learn how to experience life nicer...
Learning how to learn is clever...
A bit more about me...
I am just a regular person - married to Tracy with three wonderful kids called Georgia, Freddie and Max, a dog called Hector and like you I have good days and bad days. And I am passionate about helping people learn how to get better.
Relationships are one of the keys to getting better. And I help create the communication process needed to help you get more out of life.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is counselling / psychotherapy?
According to the Oxford Dictionary of Psychology, counselling is the practice or profession of applying psychological theories and communication skills to a client's personal problems,concerns or aspirations.
Some forms of counselling also include advice giving, but the dominant ethos is one of providing facilitation without directive guidance.
Psychotherapy is the treatment of mental disorders and allied problems by psychological methods. All therapists should also be in clinical supervision, attend ongoing training and national and international conferences to ensure they are up-to-date with latest good practice. Hypnotherapy is a form of psychotherapy.
How much does it cost?
£150 for a double session (£75.00 per session)
Average price is London is between £45 - £250.00 per session.
Do you always charge for therapy?
The simple answer is yes.
What if I cannot attend an appointment?
All sessions are paid for in advance and you will be charged whether you attend or not. This is to ensure you understand the implications of agreeing to meet at a regular time and on a regular basis. I will help you to help yourself and this includes setting appropriate boundaries and responsibilities.
What if I need to speak to someone in between sessions or at night?
I can provide a 24 hour crisis intervention service to ensure you will always have support. I will refer you to the most appropriate specialist service if I cannot or do not have the specialism within my current staff team.
Is your therapy service confidential?
Of course, and I will explain the difference between confidentiality and secrecy. I will also ask you to sign a contract (if appropriate)and if you have a confidentiality policy I will also sign that.
I have worked with people from all walks of life because weight loss issues, mental health, addiction and trauma normally do not discriminate and unfortunately some times the higher net worth / higher paid the person the is, the more issues they sometimes have to deal with.
Certain professions carry greater risk - modelling involves more issues around cocaine and sex working – working within the media means that unsocial hours are the “norm” and so are the stimulants that go with that way of working - being a publican involves more issues around alcohol and divorce - art and creativity involves more issues around heroin - working within the Armed Forces, Police, Fire Service or Social Services may involve much more issues of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder than average - unfortunately.
As we all get older we will all face more issues of bereavement and loss - and having to deal with the reality of our own death.
How long will my therapy last?
How long is a piece of string? Therapy is highly individual and may last one session or many years. There is no average and your problems, concerns and aspirations are unique to you. An individual session is normally 50 minutes. This session can be held on a regular basis daily, weekly, fortnightly, monthly depending on your needs and the contract you create with me.
Do I need Therapy?
Only you can answer that but sometimes people just need that extra bit of support especially if any of the following may have happened or is happening in your life:
• You have unsuccessfully "tried" every diet and are depressed about your current size
You currently spend 5 out of 7 days feeling unhappy or sad
• Regularly cannot sleep at night / or have put on or lost a lot of weight
• Are the primary carer of a parent or a child and the idea crosses your mind that you may want to hit that person
• Are in a relationship and you want to hit the other person
• You have recently placed one of your parents or in-laws in a nursing home and feel extremely guilty
• Have just lost someone or something (such as a job or a partner)
• Have just been diagnosed with a chronic or acute medical illness
• You can no longer prioritize what is most important in your life
• Feel that you can no longer manage your stress - Also remember that you do not have to be "sick" to benefit from therapy.
Another question Mark and his team are normally asked - Will my health insurance cover the cost of our therapy?
Unfortunately, we are a complementary service at the top end of the market - so to speak - and health insurance does not cover our services.
We have decided to offer a premium service alongside orthodox medical interventions rather than compromise our integrity or our own professional development.
Also because Mark and his team may sometime have to come to you - the hourly rate may seem disproportionate when compared to someone who sits in a GP's practice all day and sees 8 clients per day.
Depending on the intensity of the work we do - we may only see one client in an average day. This ensures that we are capable of giving you our full attention.
Mark and the team also carry out lots of behavioural experiments with clients and these take longer than your average 50 minute session. (Please see next section for a definition of a behavioural experiment).
What is a behavioural experiment?
If you have a fear of flying for example - how will we know your fear has gone unless you actually get on a plane? We may contract with you to actually fly somewhere and be there supporting you to overcome your phobia.
Lots of thinking, feeling and behaving strategies are called "safety behaviours" because you think they are keeping you safe from your fear / anxiety / worry but they are actually part of the problem because they also "stop" you doing things.
Uncovering "safety behaviours" is a massive step in getting better - but you need to define what better is. And then, once you begin to understand what better actually means for you - we can support you in testing out your new thinking, feeling and behaving safely.
For any other questions you may want answered please contact Mark via text, email or telephone.