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Mark Pharoah

Counsellor & Psychotherapist – Registered Member MBACP

Offering face to face therapy in Southeast London and online UK wide

I understand that it takes a great deal of courage to seek therapy and make that initial contact. I can assure you that I take a sensitive, non-judgmental and empathic attitude from the outset. As an integrative psychotherapist and counsellor I have experience helping with a range of issues both big and small over the long and short term. You may be suffering from anxiety, depression, work related problems, loss and bereavement, or social anxiety. Alternatively, you may feel that things are simply “not right” and just don’t know where to turn to for support or that your feelings and thoughts are totally overwhelming, confusing or even numbing. Your issues may be related to recent events or stretch far back to past abuse or narcissistic trauma. There may be troubling thoughts, low mood & self-esteem, feelings of isolation, exclusion & loneliness. Perhaps you feel overwhelmed, confused or numb. Maybe you suspect autism or ADHD, or can’t make sense of your problems or were you fit in

I am a registered member with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (registration number 400725). My main private practice is in SE9 where I offer face-to-face and online therapy. I also work for the NHS in Croydon where I provide IAPT counselling. I have published a number of academic papers on existentialism which are listed here.

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What is an integrative counsellor?

As an integrative counsellor, I use psychodynamic, humanistic, cognitive, existential and relational modalities. This multifaceted approach enables me to be very adaptable to the changing nature of a client’s situation.

Overview of psychodynamics, humanistic, cognitive, existential and relational approaches

Psychodynamics is an approach whose roots stem from the ideas of Sigmund Freud. The psychodynamic approach is concerned principally with the foundations of conscious and unconscious processes as laid down during infancy. As such, its key elements centre on defence mechanisms, transference and countertransference. In contrast to psychodynamics, the ever popular humanist approach is more concerned with the attitude of the counsellor to the client rather than the analysis of the client. It is thought that this ‘attitude’ is a key ingredient to improvements in psychological health. Alternatively, the cognitive approach takes the view that the way we think dramatically affects the way we feel. As a consequence, the cognitive approach is concerned primarily with negative thinking, stress triggers and core beliefs. Finally, the existentialist approach emphasises the importance of universal concerns. Such concerns relate to things like death and loss, our sense of feeling alone and isolated, life’s meaning or lack of it, and our freedoms and limitations.

In my practice as a counsellor, I integrate these approaches as seems fitting to the particular needs of my client. Each approach has its place in the relational dynamic of the counsellor–client space. In my practice, I put equal emphasis on all approaches.

Book here for an initial consultation

For Face-to-Face and Online Counselling

I am happy to discuss your goals for therapy and answer any questions you might have over the phone or via zoom. Subsequently, 50 minute session are charged at £50.

Call me now: 07803 927 769.

Alternatively, drop me an email.

Testimonials

Very positive sessions. Quite eye opening/insightful.

Mark has been great. Has really served me and helped me a lot!! I feel I am on a new journey of recovery !

I feel so good after the sessions. It’s really helped me a lot. I really appreciated all the help and listening. So grateful for all the sessions.

I was anxious when I started the therapy, but once I got going found it great. Mark put me at great ease and I was able to get a lot of emotion off of my chest. Many thanks.

Mark was brilliant. I wish there was a way I could have seen him for longer! … I would highly recommend him!

“Mark was very helpful and knowledgeable, allowing me to explore thoughts and feelings that I had hidden. He has helped me to find deep rooted issues which I needed to address.”

Mark was a great therapist. Always listening carefully providing useful insights that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. Unfortunate that it could only be 8 sessions [NHS IAPT] as I would definitely have paid for more. Would highly recommend Mark to others.”

Mark was amazing and I am gutted my sessions have come to an end [NHS IAPT].

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