Mark Aitchison

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Mark AitchisonAbout me

My name is Mark Aitchison.
Many years ago when I started my training to become a counsellor I volunteered as a drug and alcohol mentor with an organisation then called Foundation 66, now known as Futures in Mind. Having experienced addiction issues myself I realised early on that I was able to connect with my clients and their life stories very naturally with empathy and a level of some understanding. I originally trained to learn psychodynamic theory. I then decided to train as an integrative counsellor as I found this gave me new skills allowing me to be more adaptable with the approach that was needed with the different clients that I worked with and the time constraints faced within different agencies. Over the last few years, I have developed my training, theories and practical experience allowing my own style to develop which is starting to receive positive feedback from both clients and supervisors. I have recently opened my own private practice in the Rye Park area of Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire where I am hoping to continue my work and develop this approach further.  

Training, Qualifications and Experience.

  Hertford regional college Level 2 AQA Counselling certificate.   Foundation 66 Level 1 Interpersonal Skills Level 2 Mentoring Skills   Oplex Careers Level 3 C.B.T   University of Hertfordshire Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling. Level 4   The Counsel House CPCAB Level 4 Diploma Integrative Counselling   BACP Certificate of proficiency   NCFE Level 2 Awareness of Mental Health problems.      

My Experience

  Drug and Alcohol mentoring from 2015 - 2018. Telephone befriending for Silverline from 2015 - 2018. Volunteer counselling for ADAS alcohol and drug advisory service from 2016 - 2018. Volunteer counselling for Mind in mid Hearts from 2017 - 2018. Counselling in my own private practice 2018.    


  Initial assessment 50 minutes £25   Sessions 50 minutes £40   I can offer concessionary rates when and if appropriate.  

About Author

Nicholas Conn

Nicholas Conn

Nicholas Conn is a leading industry addiction expert who runs the UK’s largest addiction advisory service and is regularly featured in the national press, radio and TV. He is the founder and CEO of a drug and alcohol rehab center called Help4addiction, which was founded in 2015. He has been clean himself since 2009 and has worked in the Addiction and Rehab Industry for over a decade. Nick is dedicated to helping others recover and get treatment for drug and alcohol abuse. In 2013, he released a book ‘The Thin White’ line that is available on Amazon.

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