Chris Matcham, BACP registered, MA Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy
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.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Relationship problems
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Sessions Paid directly £70
Fees charged to AXA-PPP (if claiming through insurance) - £85
(All sessions are 50 minutes long)
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:
Childhood trauma or abuse
If you are unable to meet in person, I offer online therapy via Skype. This can be useful for those who find it difficult to get out of the house due to a physical or mental constraint, or for those whose hectic lifestyles puts time at a premium.
Please get in touch to discuss any options for therapy which may suit you.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Tooting - on ground floor - no stairs. Fulham - on 3rd floor - no lift Wimbledon - spread across 3 floors - lift available
Spaces available Wednesdays 5-9pm, Thursday afternoons/evenings and Friday mornings, but please get in touch as I am happy to be flexible.
Types of client