I am an experienced UKCP Registered Integrative Psychotherapist offering open-ended depth psychotherapy sessions to individuals and couples in Brighton & Hove and in Lewes. I also offer clinical supervision to counsellors, psychotherapists and counselling psychologists.
In my work, I am primarily informed by a psychoanalytic approach to my work and specifically object relations thought and theory. I work relationally with my patients as I operate from the premise that the unique relationship that is built between therapist and patient is not incidental to the work, but the active ingredient. What is broken through relationship, can only be repaired through relationship.
Whilst I am clinically trained to both diagnose and work with specific and serious mental health conditions, my clinical perspective is that most, if not all, of the psychic troubles we experience are rooted in childhood experiences with our caregivers.
It is only through the appropriate revisiting of these experiences and successful processing of the associated emotional states – physical and psychological – that we can be freed to establish adult-to-adult relationships.
My clinical experience comprises a background of over 15 years’ experience in the field of applied psychology. I have worked in a clinical capacity as both a counsellor and psychotherapist across a range of public and private settings, including the NHS. This has included four years as a psychotherapist as part of a multi-disciplinary team in palliative care working with terminal patients and their relatives.
I have worked with patients affected by many different issues, some of which have been very personal and particular to that individual and others which are common to many of us at some point in our lives such as bereavement, relationship issues, depression, anxiety and anger management.
My training includes both academic and professional training undertaken in Australia and the UK.
- BA Comb. Hons., Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
- Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Australian College of Applied Psychology, Brisbane, Australia
- MA, Counselling and Psychotherapy, Goldsmith College, University of London
- Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy (AdvDipIntPsych), School of Psychotherapy and Psychology, Regent’s University, London
As well as working as a clinician I write extensively about psychotherapy and have been published in the BBC, Huffpost, The Guardian, Newsweek, inews.co.uk, The Daily Express and Metro amongst other publications. See our Press page for more details.
I am registered member of the UKCP as an integrative psychotherapist and abide by their Code of Ethics and have been continuously for the past decade. I am also a registered member of The Regent’s School of Psychotherapy and Psychology.
I am registered with most private medical insurers to offer psychotherapy.
Mark is available at our Brighton and Hove practice and the Lewes Practice.
Please visit our fees page for more information.
Blogs by Mark Vahrmeyer
Client or patient; patient or client – does it matter?
The psychological impact of the recession
Why do people watch horror movies?
How to minimise Christmas stress if you are hosting
Can couples counselling fix a relationship?
How to get a mental health diagnosis
How do I find the right psychotherapist?
Why do people get the birthday blues?
Is happiness the opposite of depression?
Are people with mental health problems violent?
Mental health problems in Brighton
The limitations of online therapy
Pornography and the Online Safety Bill
Does the sex of my counsellor or psychotherapist matter?
How much time should I devote to self care?
Why is Netflix’s Squid Game so popular?
Parental Alienation and the impact on children
Space: The Final Frontier of Manic Defence
Do Psychotherapists Need to Love Their Clients?
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