Matt Shinton

DipCouns, BA(Hons), PgCert, MSc (Ches & Keele), MBACP (Accred)
Newport, Shropshire, TF10 7BW
07941 259 484 07941 259 484

About me

No-one is perfect and sometimes we need to reach out and find someone that will give us the support we need when we are looking for answers.  

As a Person-Centred Counsellor - also trained in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and EMDR - I see my role as providing a ‘safe space’ where you are free to explore your thoughts and feelings at your own pace. I believe that through my attitude of honesty, understanding, and valuing you may become better able to accept all aspects of yourself.

My role is not one of expert, though I have training and experience, I believe you hold the answers to your dilemmas (you are the expert on you!). My aim is to offer you a set of attitudes and values which will enable us to find what you are looking for; helping you find the 'place' you want to be.

I counsel at the Beaumaris Health & Wellbeing Centre, in Newport. It is a comfortable, relaxed and peaceful environment and I aim to offer a warm welcome. My service is confidential, supportive and professional, where your well-being is my utmost concern.

I am an accredited member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and adhere to their Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.

If you have any questions, queries or would simply like to find out a little more about my service I would be happy to answer any enquiries you may have. Please feel free to contact me via email or on the phone number provided.

Most of all I want to convey that in coming to see me you will be valued and respected for who you are; free to explore your feelings, problems, thoughts and options without fear of judgement.

Training, qualifications & experience


EMDR (Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) qualified
Level 7 Master's Degree - Psychological Trauma
Level 7 Post Graduate Diploma - Psychological Trauma
Level 7 Post Graduate Certificate - Counselling Supervision
Level 3 OCN Certificate - Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy
Level 7 Master's Degree - Counselling Psychology
Level 7 Post Graduate Diploma - Counselling Psychology
Level 4 Diploma -Theory and Practice of Counselling
Level 3 Certificate - Counselling Skills
Level 2 Certificate - Counselling Concepts

I am an Aviva Recognised Practitioner, and accept referrals from both AXA and BUPA.


Glyndwr University - 'The challenge of working at Relational Depth in Counselling and Psychotherapy'.
Telford Mind - 'Equality and Diversity', 'Towards Recovery and Well-being', 'Working with depressed clients'.


With 6000+ face-to-face client contact hours (over ten years) I have experience of working with a wide range of issues: depression, anxiety, bereavement, sexuality, sexual abuse, divorce and separation, infidelity, betrayal, anger, work-related stress, low self-esteem, self-harm, suicidal ideation and anxiety.

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I am particularly interested in the effects of psychological trauma/PTSD and offer EMDR - a NICE recommended treatment - for its effects.


Additional information

I charge £40 per session, £30 for students.


Tuesday, Thursday and Friday - 9am to 4pm. However, if these times are inconvenient please contact me and we'll try to find a time for us to meet.

Further information

I am an associate counsellor at both the Network of Staff Supporters and the Beaumaris Wellbeing Centre.

I am also a qualified Counselling Supervisor both in private practice and for Axis Counselling.

Beaumaris Health & Wellbeing Centre
5, Abbey Court
TF10 7BW

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a Counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.


In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I hold a Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling Supervision (Keele University) and have been Supervising trainee and experienced Counsellors for over a year using the Hawkins and Shohet model.

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