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About Me

My name is Mark, after suffering for years with poor mental health following a severe breakdown due to work burnout I found a way out.  I discovered Shamanism, a spiritual practice that resonated deeply with me.

I learned about the Toltec shamanic teachings and they have a deep wisdom with regards to positive mental health and a productive life.  The tools and concepts that I learned during this time enabled me to overcome over 10 years of being 'stuck' on antidepressants.  Within 6 months of really applying the teachings from the book The Four Agreements and Mastery Of Self I had made such a leap forward in my mental health state I decided to become a shamanic practitioner and deep dive this fascinating subject so I signed up to Earth Heart Shamanism and started my journey, I wanted to learn and much as I could and also learn how to help others with the wisdom I had learned.


It took me nearly two years to complete the Shamanism course and during that time I became a level 2 Usui Reiki energy healer.

At this point I met a lady called Debbie Ison and she was teaching Clinical Hypnotherapy.  I have always been interested in Hypnotherapy since finding a book on it in my parents book shelf when I was a teenager and Debbie seemed to be an extremely gifted practitioner so it really grabbed my interest.  After a little more research I found that Clinical Hypnotherapy shares a great deal of similarities with Shamanic journey work and I was hooked.  So I signed up for the Clinical Hypnotherapy Diploma course with Tranquil Awakenings - one of the best decisions of my life.

I felt that Clinical Hypnotherapy would compliment my skill set with a modality that fits well for people that are less spiritual.  That way I can provide the best form of therapy for my clients needs.

In 2023 I graduated as a Clinical Hypnotherapist and Shamanic Practitioner and decided to lean into my healing work and form Brown Bear Therapies

Brown Bear Therapies provide a range of wellbeing therapies to help clients live their lives to the fullest. I offer Group workshops, Counselling, Reiki, Shamanic Therapies and Clinical Hypnotherapy, which is accredited by the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (UK). Our services are designed to provide our clients with a safe and supportive environment to explore their emotions, thoughts and feelings, with the aim of helping them to find balance, happiness and peace.

I am committed to continually improving my skill set and abilities so I can provide the absolute best level of service I am capable of for my clients in a safe and non-judgemental way.

​Experience with:

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Phobias

  • Relationship Difficulties

  • Life Transitions

  • Difficulties with Self-Esteem

  • Eating Issues

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Professional/Career Issues

  • College/Graduate School Issues

  • Medical and Health Concerns

  • Pain Management 

  • Stress Management

  • Sexual Abuse (content free treatment available)

  • Spirituality

  • Gender Identity Support

  • LGBT+ Counselling inc Polyamoury

  • Grief, Loss, or Bereavement

  • Weight loss

  • Smoking cessation  

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