Matthew Campling MA (Psych) MBACP (Accred) BA Hons

Matthew Campling MA (Psych) MBACP (Accred) BA Hons

Hampstead Garden Suburb

07949 831 005

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Hampstead Garden Suburb

07949 831 005

About me

I have nearly 20 years experience as a counsellor and psychotherapist and I have experience and qualifications for working with both individuals and couples. Over the years feedback from my clients has helped me develop a way of working which is supportive, open, sensitive and effective.  My first two qualifications are 'client-centred' which is the humanistic approach - we are two real people in the room, and I will respond supportively to your concerns.  Plus I also achieved an MA in Psychotherapy, and worked in the psychodynamic approach, so I can bring in interesting information from these therapies as well.

Also, I have a post-graduate qualification in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy).  CBT is very helpful for giving you easily-understandable, practical tools for everything from managing anxiety and depression to helping yourself in every aspect of your life.

How Counselling Can Help...

I say that people who come to counselling are the winners.  They have realised they could do with a supportive, non-judgmental space.  Counselling helps because you have the opportunity to really set out and examine the issues in your life.  It helps because I will listen and put things together for you.  I may make suggestions but these are not commands - these are ideas for dealing with your issues.  I also think counselling is really helpful because you know that once a week you have somewhere where you can unpack the week, so as you go through your day you can save up things you want to talk about.

What To Expect in the First Session

If you've not been to counselling before, it might seem daunting.  Instead think of it as a wonderful place to let go of your problems.  We will begin simply by me asking you where you would like to start.  If you have difficulty putting things into words, I have many years of helping to shape client's thinking. You are guaranteed that whatever is going on I am not there to judge or criticize, as you may have experienced from friends or others.  I am there only to help you make sense of things and sort things into whether you have to accept them, forget them or work on them.

I am experienced in helping clients who are experiencing difficulties with:

  • depression
  • 'Brexit' and concerns for what change may bring
  • relationship issues and handling break-ups
  • panic attacks and anxiety - using CBT
  • redundancy and other work issues
  • questions about unlovability - helplessness - lack of self-worth
  • accepting sexual orientation
  • overcoming a 'toxic' childhood and adolescence,
  • compulsive and/or addictive behaviour AND other therapy issues

In addition to general therapy, I work with Eating Disorders. I work with both Anorexic and Bulimic clients, as well as Overweight or Obese clients. I have published two books on this - Eating Disorder Self-Cure and Therapeutic Weight Loss.

I was a volunteer therapist with Relate for two years and I am very interested and experienced in couple therapy. For 10 years I was a magazine agony uncle so I am used to going through complications and confusion and getting to the important core of concerns. I focus on life and work problems as well as relationship issues.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • 2008-2013 - MA Psychotherapy, Regent's College.
  • 2008 - Post Grad certificate in CBT for Anxiety and Depression, Metanoia Institute (I have found this aspect really helps people get to grips with negative thoughts and feelings).
  • 2008-2010 - Part time Hon Psychotherapist, St Thomas' Hospital, psychotherapy dept.
  • 2000 - BA Hons counselling, Metanoia Institute
  • 1999 - BACP accreditation (ongoing)
  • 1998-1999 - 2 years post-grad couples counselling training with Relate
  • 1998 - Diploma in client-centred counselling, Metanoia Institute
  • 1993 - 2002 - Agony uncle/advice writer for a number of magazines and newspapers

I am often on the radio talking about eating disorders and other issues. In 2001-2 I was a regular guest expert on ITV's Trisha show.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Photos & videos

  • In Hampstead Heath


I ask £60 per 50 minute session for individuals.

£85 per 70 minute session for couples.

I see students on counselling/psychotherapy courses - there is a discount available for therapy students.

There are a few steps leading to the front door.  My consulting room is on the ground floor.

Maps & Directions

Hampstead Garden Suburb, NW11

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Available from 8am - 6pm Monday, Wed, Fri. Available from 8am - 7pm Tues and Thurs

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