Chris Matcham, BACP registered, MA Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy
585A Fulham Road
The Awareness Centre
74-80 Upper Tooting Road
I believe that each person I work with has their own individual circumstances and reasons for wanting to come to therapy, so I want each of my clients to feel safe in telling me things that may be very personal and private.
You may be dealing with anxiety, caused by relationship or work/exam stress, or maybe you are dealing with a bereavement, a betrayal, an addiction or a chronic illness. Maybe you are just feeling sad or anxious for no discernible reason. I will provide a confidential and non-judgemental space for you to express whatever you feel and I will provide honest feedback where it will be of benefit to you.
Working as an Integrative therapist, I draw on a wide range of theories, working in an empathic, person-centred way whilst combining concepts from various schools of thought, such as Attachment Theory, Psychodynamic work and Existentialist philosophies.
We may talk about your life history or how you currently see your functioning within the world, but there will be a joint aim to explore the things in your life that matter to you. From there, we can start to piece together what may be the source/s of your problem/s, what may be keeping you from moving on and how to address these issues to reach a calmer, more flexible state of mind.
I will help you reflect on your experience, but You will be the one making the significant changes in your life and finding your own path to a more peaceful way of being.
Some of the issues that counselling can help with include:
- Self-esteem issues
- Childhood trauma or abuse
- Identity issues
- Long-term/chronic Illness
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Counsellor and Psychotherapist, with a Masters degree from a BACP-accredited course at Roehampton University, following a BA in Psychology and a Post-Graduate certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling. As a fully-registered member of the BACP, I am working towards professional accreditation. I have worked for IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) services at the Maudsley Hospital in South London, mainly in short-term work (6 -20 weeks), but also have experience of longer-term counselling within the charity sector at the Wimbledon Guild of Social Welfare.
With a multi-cultural background, I am particularly aware of issues over identity and the way that people "fit in" to the society, job or social group they inhabit: Any loss of grounding may be due to an intrinsic difference between your own background and that of your peers, or due to a change in your circumstances, such as illness, financial problems or the loss of an important person in your life. I have worked with a range of mental health issues, treating such conditions as anxiety, depression, anger, addictions and historic trauma.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
Other areas of counselling I deal with
All sessions £65
(All sessions are 50 minutes long)
New to Therapy?
It can be daunting to speak to someone about issues that you may have been dealing with for a very long time. You may never have told anyone how you have been feeling.
There will be no pressure go any faster or deeper than you yourself want to go. You are the expert on your own feelings: My role is to help you make sense of those feelings which may be confusing or difficult to deal with.
If you are unable to meet in person, I offer online therapy via Skype. This can be useful for those who find it difficult to get out of the house due to a physical or mental constraint, or for those whose hectic lifestyles puts time at a premium.
Please get in touch to discuss any options for therapy which may suit you.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||French & Italian|
Spaces available at various times - call/email for details Skype sessions possible
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|