Mark is a qualified social worker and has a enormous range of experience with all types of people in all types of situations, you can be sure of a sensitive approach and knowledgable advise both under hypnosis and not.
Mark has a diploma in Clinical Advanced Hypnotherapy (DipCAH), a practitioner diploma (HPD), a diploma in Social Work areas of interest addiction and is also a practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming (PNLP).
Mark has had a unique journey to becoming a hypnotherapist, so if you want to avoid the stereotypical, cardigan wearing, spectacled, beardy, middle class shrink Mark might be exactly what you are looking for.
After leaving school Mark joined the Royal Military Police also known as the red caps, forteen weeks of basic training and twenty two weeks of specialist training instilled the discipline and work ethic which has been with Mark ever since. After training Mark was stationed in Germany and Northern Ireland, serving six years in total.
On returning to civilian life in 1989 Mark joined the Scottish Prison Service, continuing his service to the community. Prison life involved working with inmates with many issues including addiction and mental health problems, during this period Mark undertook a diploma in social work and a counselling qualification. The new skills proved invaluable to Mark in his work but he decided to leave SPS in 2009 when he retrained as an Equine Dental Technician. Mark continues to work as an EDT and has also volunteered for the Church of Scotland but in 2011 suffered an injury resulting in a fractured hip and while recovering Mark had time to consider his future and what he wanted to do.
So, in 2012 Mark undertook a diploma in clinically applied hypnotherapy which took over a year while he continued to work as an EDT, Mark used his unique experience to specialise in horse relaxation and rider confidence, combining his studies and work.
Mark has been happily married to Liz since 1987 and has three children Michael (25), Jordan (22) and Beth aged twenty. The family live in an old farmhouse along with their six cats, five dogs and six horses, but don’t worry if you don’t like animals, the converted outbuilding clinic as a dog, cat and horse free zone.
Mark has a wealth of experience not only in clinical hypnotherapy and counselling but also in real life, working in difficult conditions in Northern Ireland and with troubled inmates in the prison service. Mark has suffered numerous injuries and can understand how difficult it can be to motivate yourself after the knock backs life all-to-often throws at you. Even after a broken hip and each ankle broken in two places Mark was able to use his experiences, skills and techniques to motivate himself to train for and complete the 2013 Tough Mudder course for charity.
Mark is passionate about using all of his life and work experiences and his training, knowledge and techniques to help his clients realise their dreams and reach their full potential.