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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 (AUDs), drug problems or substance misuse (SUDs) and all other addictions, or addictive behaviours.


Mark Franklin Start Recovery Therapist L

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. I worked with the Drug Intervention Programme team within addiction services in Ealing, where I helped people with drug and alcohol problems to talk about their experiences and learn to express rather than  repress or surpress their emotions.


With over 12 years in the field of addictions, my qualifications include a level 4 diploma in Drug and alcohol counselling and 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, 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 in Leeds and London . I have a special interest in addictions, emotions and the emotional self, trauma and the latest developments in neuroscience related to addictive tendencies.


I utilise a combination of techniques that include C.B.T, R.E.B.T and Client-Centred therapies alongside relaxation techniques/mindfulness, breathwork and practical neuroscientific evidence-based information. I am fully committed to keeping up to date with all the latest research and developments within the field of addictions and I continue to learn and develop my counselling style and therapist techniques in all helpful new approaches to addictive behaviours that I encounter in my research.

I have 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. I have received further awards for the best Leeds area alcohol help and counselling in 2021 and 2022.

In 2023 and 2024 I have been working on my new book "Sober Days - How To Train Your Earworm & Stop Drinking Alcohol" and my 3-step technique I.A.Ctm (Identify, Acknowledge and Change). This should be available late 2024.

I am also a fully trained level 1 Kundalini Yoga teacher with a focus on recovery. I offer a clear aftercare learning pathway from being in early recovery from addictions to the next steps of implementing breath, exercise and positive routines into daily life. (please note that the recovery yoga classes are male only classes at present).

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




Level 4 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 level 1 teacher (kundalini  University) and Music & Sound Therapy. SMART recovery group facilitator.




        Yorkshire Areas

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


Just £45 for initial assessment session followed by 3 payment options.



(£70 per session)

1 x 50 minute session

6 Sessions*


(£58.33 per session)

6 x 50 minute sessions

12 Sessions*


(£52.08 per session)

12 x 50 minute sessions

Leeds Counselling Room For Alcoholis

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 £120 - £180 per 50 min session. Taken on a case by case basis and dependent on location.

*Upfront priced 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 48 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. 

Mark Franklin-Leeds Counselling Award
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