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Chris Matcham MA, MBACP (reg.): Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist

London SW6 & SW19
07375 814194 07375 814194
London SW6 & SW19

About me

Therapy is for everyone and I strive to provide a safe place for each person I work with.  I offer my counselling services to all adults (women, men, straight or LGBT+) who are struggling to be understood and feel they need to be heard.

You may be dealing with anxiety, caused by relationship or work/exam stress, or maybe you are dealing with a bereavement, a betrayal, an addiction or a chronic illness.  Maybe you are just feeling sad or anxious for no discernible reason.  I will seek to provide a confidential and non-judgemental space for you to express whatever you feel, so that we can find a way for you to feel better.

Loss of any kind, be it of a person, a pet, your health or a job, can change the way we imagine our future.  We may not be ready for that change right now, but I would invite you to speak about all your fears, sadness and insecurities about this process and experience this grief in your own way.

I am also interested in issues regarding identity and the way that people "fit in" to the society, job or social group they inhabit:  Any loss of grounding may be due to an intrinsic difference between your own background and that of your peers, or due to a change in your circumstances, such as illness, financial problems or the loss of an important person in your life.

I believe that each person has their own individual circumstances and reasons for wanting to come to therapy, so I strive to make sure that each of my clients feels safe in telling me things that may be very personal and private.

I will help you reflect on your experience, but You will be the one making the significant changes in your life and finding your own path to a more peaceful way of being.

Online Therapy

Online therapy allows you to reach out for help without needing to worry about catching or spreading infection:  As we are are currently unable to meet in person due to the restrictions imposed by the coronavirus lockdown, I offer online therapy via Skype, Zoom or FaceTime.

This can also reduce the struggle for support ordinarily faced by those who already find it difficult to get out of the house due to a physical or mental disability and can be continued once lockdown restrictions are lifted.

Please get in touch to discuss any options for therapy which may suit you.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a Counsellor and Psychotherapist in private practice, with experience in the NHS, charity and higher-education sectors.  I have worked with a range of mental health issues, treating such conditions as anxiety, depression, bereavement, anger, addictions and historic trauma.

Working as an Integrative therapist, I draw on a wide range of theories, working in an empathic, person-centred way whilst combining concepts from various schools of thought  We may talk about your life history or how you currently see yourself within the world, but there will be a joint aim to explore the things in your life that matter to you.  From there, we can start to piece together what may be keeping you from moving on and how to address these issues to reach a calmer, more flexible state of mind.

Member organisations

BACP

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

chronic illness and the disabilities/limitations caused by them

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Existential therapy
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy

Fees

Sessions Paid directly £75

Some concessions available (key workers and low income) - Please get in contact to discuss

​(All sessions are 50 minutes long)

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income

Further information

Online Therapy

Online therapy allows you to reach out for help without needing to worry about catching or spreading infection:  As we are are currently unable to meet in person due to the restrictions imposed by the coronavirus lockdown, I offer online therapy via Skype, Zoom or FaceTime.

This can also reduce the struggle for support ordinarily faced by those who already find it difficult to get out of the house due to a physical or mental disability and can be continued once lockdown restrictions are lifted.

Please get in touch to discuss any options for therapy which may suit you.

New to Therapy?

It can be daunting to speak to someone about issues that you may have been dealing with for a very long time.  You may never have told anyone how you have been feeling.

There will be no pressure go any faster or deeper than you yourself want to go.  You are the expert on your own feelings:  My role is to help you make sense of those feelings which may be confusing or difficult to deal with.

Some of the issues that counselling can help with include:

Depression
Anxiety/stress
Bereavement/Grief
Self-esteem issues
Childhood trauma or abuse
Identity issues
Anger
Long-term/chronic Illness

Thrive@SW6
585A Fulham Road
Fulham
London
SW6 5UA

London
SW19

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages French & Italian

Accessibility

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.

Wheelchair user access

Fulham - on 3rd floor - no lift Wimbledon - spread across 3 floors - lift available

Availability

Online sessions available Wednesday and Thursday afternoons/evenings and Friday mornings, but please get in touch as I am happy to be flexible.

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

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Chris Matcham MA, MBACP (reg.): Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist

Chris Matcham MA, MBACP (reg.): Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist