Welcome to Counselling in Therapeutic Imagery and Philosophical Psychotherapy

Welcome to the page of Mark Neary (Counsellor, Supervisor, Writer, Public Speaker, Advocate and Trainer)

My practice is at: 16 Robbins Close, Cowley, UB82LF


About Mark Neary

I qualified as a counsellor in 1999 and have worked constantly since then for an agency, in private practice, and doing workplace counselling. I am a member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and follow it’s ethical framework.

In 2003, I became the programme leader of a Counselling Diploma course and was responsible for the design and running of the programme.

I have written and run many workshops and courses on the use of Therapeutic Imagery.

In 2007, I co-founded a website – Counselling For Men – which offered online counselling.

I supervise counsellors looking at their own practices, either one to one or in groups.

Over the past 10 years, I have mentored many counselling students whilst they undertook their counselling training.

Following my experience of  working with the Mental Capacity Act and in particular Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, I have offered advocacy services for people involved in challenging decisions in the social care field. I have appeared on Radio 4 and at various conferences, speaking of my experience.

In 2011, I published my first book – Get Steven Home. (see here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Get-Steven-Home-Mark-Neary/dp/1447846141/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1335463243&sr=8-1)

My Services:

Face to Face Counselling

To explore issues, bring about change in your life, discuss your life, understand how to use therapeutic imagery, look at your values and belief systems, find out how to make your life more fulfilling. Counselling can be particularly useful, and I am experienced in the following issues: Life crises; Bereavement; Sexuality; Anxiety; Depression; Feeling at a Crossroads; Anger; Lack of meaning in your life; Feeling Unfulfilled; Workplace Issues; Sexual Abuse; Drink & Drug Problems; Body Image Issues.

It may be that you are not sure what is troubling you but feel the need to talk to someone to reflect on and review your life. Counselling offers the ideal opportunity for this.

On Line Counselling

Counselling online is probably more direct (and directive) than face to face counselling but allows you to explore the same issues that you would in a face to face engagement. The sessions would take place in a private, secure online chat room. One of the main benefits of on line counselling is it can take place at a time that ideally suits you and is ideal for people who do not have access to a counselling service in their local area. It is a different discipline, where the words become they key factor in the therapy.


One to one or group supervision for counsellors, essential in keeping your practice grounded and ethical.


Having been the programme leader on counselling diploma courses, I can offer one to one mentoring for additional input into your course work.


Following my experience in the much publicised High Court case Neary vs Hillingdon (see here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-13498461,  and here, (http://thesmallplaces.blogspot.co.uk/2011/06/safeguards-and-secrets.html), I have been been helping other people challenge cases within the adult social care world.


As well as my experience teaching on a counselling diploma, I have run several workshops in therapeutic imagery, both for professionals and clients wishing to understand the benefits of using imagery as a means of promoting your self development.

The Practical Arrangements of the Counselling

Once you have made the first contact with me, I will contact you either via telephone or email and arrange with you a date and time for an initial consultation. This will be for a set fee of £20 and will give us both the chance to explore how counselling might help you and what your expectations of the counselling are. I will be honest with you and will let you know if I believe there is another service available that is better suited to meet your needs. If you decide that you want to proceed with the counselling, we will then discuss the timing of the sessions and the regular session fee.

At the first regular session, we will explore further your goals for the therapy and look at the timescale of the work (This, of course, can be very flexible and can be extended once the work has started).

Each session is for 50 minutes. It is usually suggested that when people first start counselling, they meet with their counsellor once a week to begin with and this can be changed to fortnightly or monthly sessions later.


Payment for face to face counselling or online counselling ranges from £20 to £40 per session

Supervision ranges from £30 to £40 per session.

Mentoring ranges from £20 to £30 per session

Training is agreed, dependent on subject matter and timescale of course

The fees will be decided on what you can afford to pay and the timing of the session (Evening and weekend fees are slightly more than daytime fees). Discounts are avilable for block bookings of sessions.

Contact Mark Neary

To arrange an appointment for any of the services offered by Mark Neary, please contact me:

By email at markneary@btinternet.com

By phone on 07925 303174

What is Therapeutic Imagery

Traditionally, counselling usually works by using our heads (thinking about problems; making sense of our experience) and our hearts (getting in touch with our feelings). Therapeutic imagery engages a third part of ourselves; our gut, where many people believe our real truth lies. We will focus on instinct and learn to trust our instinctive reactions. We will communicate with the gut and get a series of images that work in many ways; the image will give us a very clear picture of our problem; it will help us understand where the problem came from; it will help us make sense of our issues and most importantly it will give clues on how to address the problem and bring about change. We then translate the image into our everyday lives and decide how we are going to use the messages from the image to promote change and growth.

Working with imagery is endlessly creative, exciting, consistently accurate and very spontaneous. The therapy also teaches you how to use imagery as a lifelong tool for your self development.

For further reading on Therapeutic Imagery, this book has been hugely influential in my practice: http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=valerie+thomas+therapeutic+imagery&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Avalerie+thomas+therapeutic+imagery&ajr=0

What is Philosophical Psychotherapy

Philosophical Psychotherapy draws on old philosophical traditions and encourages the examination of values, belief systems and the codes we live our lives by. It helps us explore the relationship we have with ourselves, with others and with the world. It works on the assumption that we are impacted on by the world and society we live in and therefore, does not solely focus on a pathological explanation for our problems. It encourages taking responsibility for our choices and actions and analyses what it is like to be human.

For further reading on Philosophical psychotherapy, this book has had a major impact on my work:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Gift-Therapy-generation-Reflections/dp/0749923733/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1335465634&sr=8-1



“Its is impossible to put into words how much Mark Neary has done for me over the past few years. Through his compassion and his dedication to the role of counsellor, I firmly believe that Mark has helped me grow from an anxious boy who was disappointed and afraid of the world, into a wiser and far more content young man. Mark is, quite simply, an exemplary individual and a gifted counsellor. I just hope that many many more people are able to benefit from his wisdom and his care”

“Learning about imagery from Mark has transformed my life. Whereas I used to be frightened of my emotions, I now have tools and a language that help me express myself, but even more importantly, understand myself and the world around me. Mark is a great teacher: he never imposes his own beliefs but opens doors into your mind that I never knew existed”.

“As a man, it was scary but exciting to be working with a male counsellor. Mark’s down to earth manner and wisdom and humour helped me look at things about myself that I had never been brave enough to do before. Just before the counselling finished, I read about Mark on an internet article and realised that because he is a brave man, he helped me find the courage to tackle my demons. I will always be grateful”.

“The counselling I received from mark Neary was invaluable to me. It helped me through a very difficult period of my life, enabling me to cope with the day to day responsibilities and tasks, knowing that there was a place where I was able to sit and share my problem. This helped me keep the rest of my everyday life on track”


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