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Psychologist_Brighton and Hove
To ensure that each client gets the most out of therapy Mark uses his experience and creativity to develop a clear understanding of the client’s difficulties, needs and hopes. The set up of the sessions can vary depending on what is agreed with the client. That is, the sessions could be 1 to 1, a couple or family session, a group approach or the client may even want to invite a friend along. After an assessment Mark will then feedback to the client his understanding of their situation and offer a psychological perspective. Following this, a plan for therapy can be discussed and developed alongside predicted timeframes to achieve the identified goals.
During the first 18 years of life the child experiences the most profound changes in cognitive, physical, emotional and social development. The issues that the child and family/carers have encountered may range in their level of complexity. Within the assessment the goals of any psychological input would be openly negotiated. To address these difficulties Mark would call upon a range of skills and creative therapeutic approaches, including play, art, and story work. These approaches are integrated and applied in a collaborative way to assist the child and family in gaining new insights into the difficulties and developing an approach to address and improve these needs.
Young People
Later childhood and the teenage years can be an extremely challenging time for young people and their parents/carers. This can be a time when both the young person and their families can experience heightened levels of fear and anxiety as well as a sense of being somewhat cut-off from each other. Young people are often unsure about what it might be like to have some help with their concerns from a psychologist. For this reason it is essential that the young person is given the respect that they deserve and that they are reassured that they can continue to develop their independence whilst maintaining a meaningful connection with those people that are important in their life.

One of the aims of the first psychology meeting, would be to talk a little on how the sessions would feel most comfortable and if the young person would prefer to meet alone with Mark or would like to be accompanied by a friend, carer, or family member. When working with young people it is important to frequently check in with them that the sessions are going the way that they are comfortable with and to adapt them so that they are of maximum benefit. For those young clients that prefer not to talk on their issues, then other effective, but less verbal approaches would be used.
Regardless of the current difficulties and experiences that an adult is experiencing an understanding of some of the important aspects of their life so far can be really helpful in moving them onto a better place emotionally. However, Mark encourages each person to share only as much information as they are comfortable with so that they continue to have a sense of control within the therapeutic process. Often the collaborative process of ‘talking about talking’ is a really useful starting point.

The assessment period gives a clear indication of which psychological approaches and techniques would be most beneficial for the client. These approaches can vary according to the client’s need and preferences. For example, for those who do not relish the idea of talking about their lives, other less verbal but effective approaches may provide a better fit. The client’s hopes and aims of therapy will be discussed at the outset and revisited frequently as the work progresses. This way, each step of therapy would be attuned, respectful, open and sensitive to the client’s needs and situation.

Mark is an international teacher, trainer and author. He is a Brainspotting Therapy trainer and has enjoyed teaching hundreds of psychologists, therapists and body workers across the world. Mark provides teaching and workshops on a range of psychology subjects to Universities, counselling and Doctorate programs. Recently Mark has been teaching on subjects including; specialist therapeutic approaches to trauma, attachment, abusive and harmful behaviours, ADHD, and risk and ethics. Mark also runs group programs for clients, carers and allied professionals.

Please note: The practice operates a 48 hour cancellation policy, otherwise fees will be required to be settled in full.