Matthew Hart MNCS(Accred)
The Practice Rooms
15-16 Castle Street
07376 426039 / 07376 426039
I believe that there is something of a taboo around talking therapies. Somehow this practice is seen as something that makes you ‘less-than’ or ‘weak’ in some way. Yet I believe we are all fragmented and wounded in some way. There is, I believe, an idea that we need to hide that or feel shame about our broken-ness. I challenge this idea. I think that turning towards your problems and facing them fully is an act of strength. I often see great courage in my clients even though they may not yet be able to see it themselves. I think that looking for change also shows a greater-than-usual awareness of one's potential - or the potential of life itself.
The kind of therapy that I offer is called Gestalt (meaning Whole or complete) and is very much grounded in what is happening in the here and now. It is focussed on the dialogue between the people in the room. That relationship is central to the success of the work and in my approach it is the beating heart of it too. Suddenly, during the process of working together, insight or new awareness can spring up, as though from nowhere. I do feel this is one of the wonderful mysteries of this work.
I work with all kinds of issues, from the most common forms of anxiety or 'generalised anxiety disorder' - to use the medical label - to more complex 'personality dosorders'. There is a trend towards self-diagnosis of things like Borderline personality disorder or Bi-Polar disorder, which I think can be helpful, yet also potentially quite harmful as labels can entrench patterns which are only that - patterns of relating and thinking about oneself. Other common reasons for seeking therapy are depressions, low mood or just feeling sad. I work with the effects of abuse - including emotional abuse and the consequent low self esteem that often follows. I have worked with people following affairs and relationship issues or breakdown.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified counsellor with the National Counselling Society(Accredited member). I am also in the advanced stages of psychotherapy training with the Welsh Psychotherapy Partnership. I work as part of my college’s Affordable Therapy Service. This service aims to provide high quality psychotherapy at relatively low cost from therapists who are in training towards UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) registration.
It means that I am overseen by my college and I am in regular supervision at a frequency related to the number of clients that I see as stipulated by my college. The fees I charge are also limited by the service.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I specialise in existential issues - working with loss or bereavement or anything which triggers the sense of one's mortality and the facing of one's own vulnerability. I have a background in spiritual exploration and tantric practices. I am able to bring these broad perspectives on life to bear on current and apparently small or insignificant issues.
My standard rate is £35 per 50 minute session. I do work as part of an affordable therapy service and so if finances are an obstacle I am happy to discuss a lower rate. Please don't let finances come in the way of getting in touch.
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Type of session
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Types of client