Start Recovery Drug & Alcohol Help In Leeds | Counselling Services

If you or a loved one is having problems with drugs or alcohol and require professional and discreet private counselling, and you live in the Yorkshire area, then you have come to the right place.

Start Recovery is a private counselling service based in Leeds, West Yorkshire specialising in alcohol problems, drug problems, substance misuse and addictions.


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Mark Franklin S.A.C Dip

Alcohol and substance misuse counsellor


My experience includes working for drug and alcohol services in London and Yorkshire, where I have worked with a diverse cross-section of people from all different backgrounds and communities.


With 10 years in the field, I have had extensive training from some of the best addiction and trauma specialists in the world, including Dr Gabor Maté,  Stephen Porges, PhD, Pat Ogden, PhD, Tommy Rosen and Dr Joe Dispenza. I continue to develop my style, learning and knowledge as an ongoing process, so as to deliver the most up to date information and data available to the client.


I have experience in residential rehabs, psychiatric hospital wards, detox units, day programmes, facilitating groups and creative therapies with a special interest in emotions and neuroscience.


I utilise a combination of techniques that include C.B.T, R.E.B.T and Client-Centred therapies alongside relaxation techniques/mindfulness and practical neuroscience evidence-based advice.

I am fully enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checked.

I was awarded a Prestige Livewire Business award in October 2020 for Best in Counselling Services for Leeds and West Yorkshire. More awards for best Leeds alcohol help and counselling in 2021 and 2022.

Reaching out and finding the right help for you is the first hurdle.

Once you have the correct support and tools in place you can move into sustained recovery.

Everybody is different but there are common similarities between people with drink or drug problems.


That first contact with somebody who understands can often make the difference between you continuing to act out your learned behaviours or choosing to get better.

 Mark  Franklin.


My Addiction Specialist Areas:


  • Addiction (all forms of)

  • Alcoholism

  • Alcohol problem drinking

  • Amphetamines (speed)

  • Anxiety and depression

  • Cannabis problems

  • Cocaine problems

  • Crack problems

  • Dual Diagnosis

  • Family living with addiction

  • Gambling

  • GHB

  • Heroin problems

  • Ketamine

  • MDMA (Ecstasy)

  • Mephedrone (MCAT)

  • New Psychoactive Substances (NPS)AKA Legal Highs

  • Opiates

  • Psychedelic drug

  • Screen Addiction

  • Smoking

  • Solvents

  • Spice




Diploma in alcohol and substance misuse counselling

Extensive CPD training in Safeguarding, Motivational Interviewing, REBT, Cannabis & Medicinal Use, Alcoholism, Addictions, The Brain & Mental Health, Neuropsychotherapy, Mindfulness, Breathwork, Shame and Trauma, Polyvagal theory (Polyvagal Institute), Kundalini Yoga (kundalini  University) and Music Therapy.




        Yorkshire Areas

Leeds, Bradford, Harrogate, Ilkley, Wetherby, Otley and surrounding areas.


Just £29 for initial assessment session followed by 3 payment options.



1 x 50 minute session

6 Sessions*


6 x 50 minute sessions

12 Sessions*


12 x 50 minute sessions

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Skype, Zoom or face time video call sessions for distance or more anxious clients can be booked if required and are charged at the normal rate.

Home sessions can be accommodated and are charged at £90 - £110 per 50 min session. Taken on a case by case basis and dependent on location.

Unwaged rates for people in receipt of ESA or JSA are sometimes available and are taken on a case by case basis.

*Upfront saver packages must be paid in full before treatment starts, no refunds, sessions must be used in a one year period from first session start date

Cancelled appointments - Any appointment cancelled with less than 24 hrs notice will be charged at the full session rate.


Please note - We are not a crisis service for individuals or families. If you feel that you are in a crisis and need help then you should contact your local crisis team, GP or local services. You can find out more about these services in our T's and C's. We offer a secure space to explore individuals and family members needs around addictions, and our sessions need to be prepared for. In the case of family members being involved, then access to family sessions are always led by the individual who is experiencing the active addiction, meaning that I need written acknowledgement from my clients that they are happy for family members to receive family support sessions.

Start Recovery Ltd does not accept any responsibility for any information given to anybody around any medical issues, if you require this type of information then please consult a medical specialist or your GP.

Start Recovery reserves the right to cancel or amend appointments at any time without prior warning or end any session at any time, and for any reason if necessary. 

COVID-19 Coronavirus Update. Initial Consultations are mainly still video sessions. Limited daytime spaces are available for face to face sessions in Adel, Leeds, LS16.

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