David Matthews Verified Professional Verified Professional
Verified Professional

Every professional displayed on Counselling Directory has been independently verified by our team to ensure they have suitable credentials to practise.

About me

I would describe my approach to counselling as soul-based: I believe that counselling can help us begin to see that what may appear to be a hopeless problem can also be a message from a deeper part of ourselves, and with acceptance and understanding we can move beyond the patterns of the past, and towards a greater sense of self, which has more vitality and more joy within it.

I also believe that this deeper part of ourselves lives in the body, and by paying attention to our feelings and sensations, we can begin to listen for, and respond to, the call of our soul.

Often our problems and difficulties are connected to painful relationships, whether they be in the past, or the present. For me then, it's important that I do my best to be trustworthy, genuine and caring, so that you can to talk openly about what you need to, and I can respond sensitively and creatively to what I hear.

Finally, my approach to counselling draws on a range of trainings and disciplines, and I sometimes use meditation, creativity, dreamwork, imagery, poetry, and story to care for the soul. Short-term counselling (6 weeks) can be of use if you have something particular that needs attention. Long-term counselling is more open-ended, and can be helpful when you are experiencing significant life changes.

​"My period of counselling with David is recalled as hugely beneficial at a crisis point in my life. It has helped me to have confidence to gradually engage more with, and increase my enjoyment of life." (Previous Client)

Training, qualifications & experience

I originally trained and qualified in Integrative Psychosynthesis Counselling at Re-Vision,  and I am currently in training with the Institute of Embodied Psychotherapy.

I first started working with clients in 2014, and have worked with people struggling with life experiences such as bereavement, addiction, sexual abuse, depression, anxiety, relationship breakdown and loss of meaning.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

NCS

National Counselling Society (NCS)

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

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.

National Counselling Society

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Creativity

Meaning

Self-Expression

Joy

Living soulfully

Fees

From £30.00 to £50.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

The first meeting is an opportunity for us to get to know each other, to see if we want to work together, with no commitment to continuing. The cost for this is £20.

Your ongoing fee is agreed at our first meeting, and I do my best to agree an amount that is both affordable and gives value to our work together. My fees are currently £30-£50 per one hour session.

Fees are payable in cash, at the end of the hour, or by BACS, by arrangement. I do also have some availability for concessionary counselling rates. Please contact me for further details.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

The Birdhouse, 12 Arwenack Street, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 3JD

Boswedden House, Boswedden, St. Just, Penzance, Cornwall, TR19 7NJ

Type of session

In person