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A confidential space to explore the thoughts, feelings and challenges in your life
“Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.” ― Lao Tzu
Welcome and thank you for visiting Hampshire Therapy
My name is Mark and I am a psychotherapist providing both short and long-term therapy to adults in Southampton, Hampshire. I also offer therapy online.
We all experience times of difficulty in our lives, when events or relationships feel overwhelming, or we can feel a loss of direction or purpose. Talking to a trained therapist helps us make sense of those challenging times and offers a way through them, moving towards a better understanding of ourselves and our feelings.
Mark Edmunds MA MBA UKCP (Accred)
Life brings many challenges, and it is understandable that at times we might look for support in facing them. As a counsellor my role is to provide space and guidance to help you on your journey of self-discovery, to enable you to examine your life and make new, meaningful choices within it.
I offer a chance to reflect on the difficulties or problems you are experiencing in a safe and confidential environment, with someone from outside your day-to-day life. Together we can explore your situation in a way that leads to fresh perspectives – and perhaps a new understanding of yourself. Therapy is about empowering you to make changes and to help you find a way to keep moving forward in your life.
My approach to counselling and psychotherapy is mindfulness based with the aim of enabling you to enhance your life, live it more fully and reach your potential.
With mindfulness based therapy we typically focus initially on learning to tolerate feelings and experiences, such as anxiety, stress or depression, that have seemed unfamiliar or unbearable. However, as the therapy process unfolds, this may also include your capacity to be kind and patient with yourself. Together, we find out how you can experience and accept more of who you really are and support the development of new and fulfilling ways of living and expressing yourself.
People come to me for help a wide range of issues. Here are a few of the more common difficulties that can be supported through therapy:
Feelings of stress or anxiety
Generalised anxiety disorder
Grief, loss or bereavement
Trauma and post-traumatic stress
Problems with family life
Low self esteem
Low self confidence
Issues relating to sexuality
Sexual abuse or violence
Difficulties at work or in retirement
I am a UKCP Accredited therapist, which means I have met their criteria for qualified and experienced therapists and work in accordance with their ethical framework and have completed a high quality training course. I hold a Masters degree in psychotherapy. The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapists (UKCP) is one of the main bodies overseeing the accreditation and registration of therapists in the UK.
Association of Core Process Psychotherapists
Therapy session £50-60
Therapy sessions last 50 minutes, usually taking place on a weekly basis. I also provide a limited number of spaces for those on low-income or for students, contact me to ask about availability. The relationship between you and your therapist is important, I therefore offer a free initial consultation to all prospective clients, with no obligation on either side. Initial assessment appointments usually last around 30-40 minutes.
*Note that if you want to cancel an appointment I require 48 hours’ notice otherwise you will still need to pay for any sessions missed. I accept payment in cash, by card or by bank transfer.
Counselling takes place in a safe space, where you can meet with someone who will listen with sensitivity and empathy – and without judgement. In the therapy space thoughts and feelings can be expressed freely and in confidence.
Before you begin counselling you may have some questions about what therapy entails or how seeing a counsellor might help.
Trouble with a relationship, anxiety or panic attacks, mood swings or depression – many people face difficulties in their everyday lives that can be hard to get on top of. Counselling gives us a set of tools we can use to help gain a better understanding of what’s causing these problems – and how you can move towards managing or resolving them.
Working together I can help you gain greater insight into the difficulties you are facing, help you understand why you act or react to them the way you do and see how you can start to make better, healthier choices moving forward.
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