Mr Mark Harkness
Member Status: Accredited
Member No: NCS19-07643
Qualified Person-Centred Counsellor. Experience in bereavement, adolescent issues, and addiction problems.
I welcome new approaches and I'm very open to alternative therapies and modern techniques if I feel they will help me to deliver a better therapeutic service.
Although I have a great deal of experience working with children and young people, I am in a position to offer counselling and support to adults too. I have a wealth of knowledge around grief, the loss of a child, depression, anxiety and addiction.
I am a friendly, outgoing individual with a great passion and dedication towards counselling and self-help therapies. I have excellent inter-personal skills and communicate very effectively with people from all backgrounds of society.
My non-judgement approach towards my work allows me to gain the confidence and trust of others quickly, and my discretion and confidentiality are a vital part of my role.
I've worked within various healthcare setting within the last 12 years. Including a year at 'Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital' in London where I was employed as an operating theatre assistant. This role developed my ability to think on my feet and become intuitive to the needs of the surgeons and nurses that I was working alongside. The nature of the work also helped to develop my ability to stay calm and composed in times of great stress and pressure.
I was employed by Eden Valley Hospice in Carlisle for 9 years. Based in a children's unit named 'Jigsaw: Cumbria's Children's Hospice'. I supported children and their families who were suffering from life threatening and life limiting illnesses. I also supported families through bereavement and help them face what is more often than not an uncertain future.
Up until March 2018,I was employed by Child Bereavement UK, a national charity which support for bereaved families and bereaved children. I was employed as a 'Bereavement Support Practitioner', based in the Carlisle and Eden District.
I currently work for PAC in Carlisle (Promoting Autonomy and Change) providing therapy and counselling to young people and children.
I have also had some volunteering experience at UNITY in Carlisle, working with individuals who are undergoing treatment for various drug and alcohol addiction recovery. Within UNITY, I delivered a 'Reflection and Loss' workshop. This consisted of me talking to service users about things they feel they have lost during their addiction and recovery process. It also allowed them to reflect upon their addiction journey and identify any remaining issues or problems that it generates.
Through my work within other organisations, I am able to offer some Family Support Sessions. A session with a family will provide a safe, confidential space for families to communicate their issues and feelings.
My experience in working with families and parents also enables me to offer 'Couples Counselling', which is a new development of my practice, and one that I am looking forward to undertaking.
- Qualifications & ExperienceQualifications:
BA (hons) Person-Centred Counselling
Academic Level 6: Working with Bereaved Children and Young People
Training Courses Attended:
Mental Health First Aid
CADAS Alcohol Awareness Course
CADAS Drug Awareness Course
CADAS Community Ambassador Course
Appropriate Adult Accredited Training
Supporting Parents and Family Members Through Child Bereavement
Grief and Bereavement in Children and Young People
The Unexpected Palliative Care
Supporting Bereaved Pupils:Let's Talk About It
Child Protection;An Introduction
Creative Ways of Helping Bereaved Children and Families
Suicide-The Impact On Families
PODS Training (Positive Outcome for Dissociative Survivors)
Dissociation and DID: The Fundamentals
Child Sexual Abuse: Hope For Healing
Trauma And The Body: Dissociation & Somatisation
- What I can help with
- Abuse – Emotional, Physical, Sexual
- Addiction (e.g. Alcohol, Computer games, Drugs, Food, Gambling, Sex, Smoking)
- Ageing and related issues
- AIDS / HIV
- Anger Management
- Assertiveness / Self-confidence / Self-esteem
- Autism & Aspergers Syndrome
- Bereavement / Loss
- Cultural issues
- Divorce & Separation
- Eating disorders
- Financial difficulties
- Gender identity
- Generally unhappy with your life
- Illness and dying
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Parenting skills
- Post-traumatic stress (PTSD)
- Pregnancy related issues
- Sexuality Identity
- Shyness / Social Phobia
- Suicidal feelings
- Violence / Victim support
- Young people and children
- Languages Spoken