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 learning 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.
Level 1 Interpersonal Skills
Level 2 Mentoring Skills
Level 3 C.B.T
University of Hertfordshire
Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling.
The Counsel House
Level 4 Diploma Integrative Counselling
Certificate of proficiency
Level 2 Awareness of Mental Health problems.
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.