Mark is a certified somatic coach, trained at the Strozzi Institute. He's also an advanced student in somatic experiencing trauma therapy. He offers short (6–12 sessions) and long-term therapy & coaching for individuals.
I can help with...
- Addictions – alcohol, drugs, etc
- Anger management
- Bereavement and loss
- Body image
- Career coaching
- Changing bad habits
- Communication skills
- Creative blocks
- Emotional abuse
- Existential crises
- Family issues
- Fear of public speaking
- 'Inner child' issues
- Insomnia and sleep problems
- Low mood
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Major life changes
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship difficulties
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Somatic illnesses
- Work-related issues
Types of clients I see
- Young people
- Older people
- Trainee and qualified clinicians
Languages I speak
- Contact me for details
Types of therapy I offer
- Somatic coaching
- Somatic experiencing trauma therapy
My approach is gentle, intuitive and body orientated, offering a space for the body to speak and express. As you share your experiences with words we may also be curious what your body is expressing or leaving out. I trust deeply in my clients’ capacity to heal and transform and I see my role as a fellow traveller on the road.
My more than 20 years’ experience as a classical dancer and dance teacher has given me a wonderful preparation for working with people therapeutically. My passion for movement and transformation is being channeled into my work as a therapist.
During a session I will guide you through seated and standing practices that will help bring attention to body sensations and getting in touch with your inner landscape. Bringing awareness to what you’re experiencing in the moment and seeing where energy may be stuck in the body. As we become in touch with the body we can connect to a deep wisdom and healing potential.
Somatic experiencing (SE) is a naturalistic, pioneering, body-based approach to overcoming stress and traumatic life experiences. By practising slowing down survival responses, getting in touch with sensations in the body and understanding the interconnectedness of body, mind, imagination and emotions, we can move from rigidity to flow. As survival defences stuck in the body get to complete and the bound energy is slowly released and integrated, we move towards embodying more of ourselves. SE is a wonderful approach when treating stress as it works with the natural physiology, helping to restore balance throughout the nervous system. Clients report a renewed sense of vitality, confidence and pleasure in being alive.
Somatic coaching is a holistic coaching approach that supports a deep connection with the body’s intelligence and capacity to heal and transform. We will turn our attention to the energy of the body with seated and standing practices that build a greater capacity to act from your centre, moving towards what is important to you in life. Working somatically supports accessing a wider range of emotions and being able to move differently in the world.
My journey of training to be a therapist has given me an opportunity to access more of my potential as a human being and to become comfortable in my own skin. I am inspired to share these powerful healing modalities and to create collaborative therapeutic relationships with clients.
My work is deeply fulfilling, supporting people to move through challenging times in their lives and come through with more resilience and a feeling of wholeness.
If you’re interested in working with me or have any questions about the way I work, I offer a free 30-minute phone conversation to get some time to connect.
Training, qualifications and experience
- Certified Somatic Coach – Strozzi Institute
- Advanced Student Somatic Experiencing Trauma Therapy (SOS Internationale UK)
- Counselling Skills (CPCAB Level 2)
- Professional dancer for over 20 years
- Adult dance teacher
- Leadership in Action One – Strozzi Institute
- Regular supervision to support my practice
- Member of Complementary Therapists Association (CThA)
- Member of Somatic Experiencing Association UK (SEAUK)
Code of ethics
I follow the:
- CThA Code of Practice
- SEAUK Code of Practice
Fees and availability
- £60 to £80 per 50-minute session
- Please give 4 days’ notice when cancelling. If notice is not given, payment would still need to be made
- Available Monday to Friday
- Online therapy sessions also available