Matthew Thacker BACP Registered Counsellor

Matthew Thacker BACP Registered Counsellor


07517 422577

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07517 422577

About me

Counselling is about creating time and space so that you can explore whatever you need to explore. You are the expert on your life and your experience. As your counsellor I listen carefully and offer genuine responses. As we move forward together we co-create an environment of trust and collaboration.

In this safe, confidential and compassionate space you can fully explore whatever is troubling you. This exploration aims not only to bring relief from the troubling symptoms, but to offer a new sense of self-knowledge, openness and fulfilment.

I offer counselling for adults and young people who are experiencing difficulty or emotional distress. I work on a short term or longer term basis depending on your need.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a fully qualified counsellor and I have completed the following professional trainings:

  • Richmond College, Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

  • Roehampton University, Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy

  • Year long Group Facilitation training with Jenny Mackewn and Chris Johnstone

Additionally I have completed the following certified trainings in working with particular groups:

  • Off The Record Counselling Service, Working With Young People

  • Cruse Bereavement Care, Awareness in Bereavement Care

  • Cruse Bereavement Care, Sudden and Traumatic Death

  • Westminster Borough Council, Working With Addiction

I regularly attend CPD (Continual Professional Development) trainings to continue to develop myself as a counsellor. These have included:

  • Working With Young People and Anxiety

  • Young People, Self Esteem, Anger and Hate

  • Young People, The Body and Deep Listening

  • Young People and Alcohol and Substance Use

  • Young People and Self Harm

  • Child Protection in Counselling

  • Storytelling in Bereavement

  • Transactional Analysis 101

  • BRIEF Solution Focused Therapy

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • ICA Dynamic Action Planning

  • ICA Group Facilitation Methods

As well as delivering general counselling in a variety of settings I have specific experience of working in the following areas:

  • Young People – worked in Off The Record an agency providing specialist counselling services to young people

  • NHS – worked in Ealing Abbey Counselling Service, an NHS funded counselling service seeing patients referred primarily from GP surgeries

  • Bereavement – worked in Cruse Richmond, a service providing counselling to bereaved people

  • Addiction – worked in a residential Substance Misuse Unit providing support and counselling to people coping with addiction

I am a trained Shiatsu Practitioner and Yoga Teacher, which means I bring a deep understanding of embodiment into my work. I have close to twenty years experience of self enquiry through yoga and meditation and I have a deep love for the natural world.

Additionally, I facilitate workshops through which participants can explore what it means to be a person, in a body, in the natural world today and I facilitate residential gatherings for men along these same lines.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • What it is to be a man in the world, particularly around identity and purpose
  • The particular difficulties and stresses faced by young people
  • The effects of long term or terminal illness on the ill person and their friends and family


I charge £40 per session. Concessionary places are available.  All sessions are fifty minutes long.

Maps & Directions

Frome, BA11

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


I am available Wednesday and Thursday Evenings, Monday and Friday daytimes and possibly on weekends

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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