Mark Allerton - M.A., M.Sc., Dip. Counselling & Psychotherapy
You will find me genuine, informal but professional. You may be worried about how to start the sessions but I will help to get things started. Sometimes you might know exactly what you want to work on, sometimes we may talk about things you did not expect. I will check that we are working at a pace that feels right for you.
Maybe you’ve always felt there was something wrong and now the time has come to talk to someone. This might be the right time to work with a counsellor with life experience who won’t judge you and will take your problems seriously.
How Person Centred Counselling can help
I chose to be a Person-Centred Counsellor because its founder, Carl Rogers, believed that everyone has the potential for personal growth. Three core conditions are needed: unconditional positive regard, empathy and congruence (honesty and authenticity). I have seen how effective this can be. As a basis for a therapeutic relationship, these conditions allow us to work at a deep level and can lead to growth, rather than feeling stuck.
Person-centred therapy aims to help you be happier, have a healthier perspective on yourself and accept that life has highs and lows. Being human means experiencing the whole range of emotions and what matters is how you process them.
If I can tune in to your inner world and get close to what your experience is like, we can explore together how you have got to this place. That’s good for opening up to change because if someone else understands you, it makes your experience feel more real. You may then feel able to step back and see it with new eyes. Exploring your inner life in this way can be thought-provoking and liberating.
Who I am
I work with adults of all ages as a Person-Centred Counsellor both privately and volunteering at a community counselling service in Liverpool. I worked for 20 years as an Educational Psychologist in Merseyside, which was a rewarding job, helping children, young people, their families and teachers.
I continue to develop as a person and counsellor through my own personal therapy and supervision. This includes exploring and challenging my own privilege and prejudices. I try to be aware of how others might see me based on their experience of other middle class, white, professional males and use this in the counselling room. The best way to do this is to listen attentively. My pronouns are he/his.
I aim to be truly Person-Centred, treating my clients as unique, rather than defined by normative concepts of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, religion, disability or appearance. There are labels and disorders out there, but I to approach each client with genuine interest in their unique way of being.
I have regular supervision and develop my professional skills through study and development activities.
I’m a Person Centred Counsellor with a Level 7 qualification. I am registered with the BACP as a Counsellor for adults and have more than 20 years’ experience working as an Educational Psychologist for Local Authorities.
I offer support to people with:
- stress in relationships and work
- low self-esteem
- bereavement and other loss
- adverse childhood experiences
- stressful life events
How I work to support you
Research shows that good counselling depends on the quality of the therapeutic relationship. That’s why I offer Person-Centred counselling, based on evidence that empathy and care make a good relationship and help you to grow. I work to create a confidential, safe place to experience compassion for who you are and help you find a new outlook on life.