Matthew Byng MBACP (Accred), EMDR Accredited Practitioner

Matthew Byng MBACP (Accred), EMDR Accredited Practitioner


07940 891540

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About me

If you are unhappy. haunted by memories of past trauma or facing a particular difficulty then counselling can help you regain your peace of mind.

I am a person-centred counsellor accredited by BACP. Person-centred means that I believe inside all of us is the capacity for positive growth. Our life's events and experiences have dented and restricted this capacity but understanding within the context of the counselling relationship, can remove these barriers, enabling personal growth.

My personal experience of therapy showed me this and I have also witnessed it in my clients.

Many of us live with the fear and anxiety of trauma from old events that hasn't faded with time.  You may have spent years trying to keep this old pain out of sight, perhaps closed off in a separate box inside you, but it keeps escaping and upsetting your life.  As an accredited EMDR therapist I can help you re-connect with this wounded part of yourself safely and process these old emotions so that they become memories, no longer having the power to disturb you.

As we grow in understanding of our patterns and wounding, we free ourselves to grow positively in our own unique direction. I can offer you an authentic relationship in which you will feel valued and understood. This can give you the opportunity to explore issues, some of which may live only on the edge of your consciousness.  Reflecting on your past will help you reduce their weight so that you can focus on living here and now.

I see clients individually in my counselling room in Rodborough where I am following government guidelines to keep my face-to-face sessions as safe as possible in the present climate.  I’m also seeing more clients on the phone and onine using Zoom.  I find that counselling can be equally as safe, effective and relational using any of these ways of meeting.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a Registered and Accredited Member of BACP and an EMDR Accredited Practitioner with EMDR UK & Ireland. 

I have practiced as a person-centred counsellor since 2002.  For over 10 years I have been counselling clients in residential rehabilitation where they have been in the early stages of recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.  Many of my clients have used addiction to manage their historic childhood traumas and I have successfully used EMDR to remove the weight of the disturbing emotions associated with these events.

I have a Diploma in Counselling Supervision from Severn Talking Therapy.

I completed my EMDR training with Sandi Richman in 2015.

I have also taught the Counselling Level 4 Diploma at Stroud College for 10 years.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

EMDR UK & Ireland

Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I work with clients that experienced the trauma of being sent away to boarding school as a child, both prep school at age 8, and public school at age 13.  The residue from the abandonment and shame of being 'sent away' can often corrupt adult relationships, making contact with areas of authenticity and vulnerability especially difficult.


My fees are £50 for a fifty minute session.

Further information

Please visit my web site for more information about me at

Maps & Directions

Stroud, GL5

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access: No

I have parking close to my room and there are only two steps up to the room so it is possible that a wheelchair or someone with mobility difficulties could enter it.


Mondays, Thursday evenings and Fridays

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

I have been offering person-centred supervision to students, newly qualified practitioners and more experienced therapists for many years. .

Online supervision:Yes
Telephone supervision:Yes
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