Mat Schencks

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Milton Keynes MK11 & Oxford OX2
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About me

I work with anxiety, depression, trauma, sexuality, anger and all kinds of relationship challenges in a warm and supportive manner. Bringing awareness to our habitual patterns and defences allows us to begin to untangling our feelings and thoughts about our lives and the situations we face.

Working with an experienced therapist who can help you understand your experience can be profoundly healing. We all have the capacity to grow and even the deepest wounds can be healed.

I offer a caring and non-judgmental relationship in which you can explore the issues, experiences, thoughts and feelings that have brought you to seek help. We will explore the situations and challenges you are facing in your life. Speaking about what is difficult is the beginning of feeling better. Core Process Psychotherapy combines the wisdom and compassion of Buddhism with western approaches to psychology. This compassionate and relational approach emphasises our wholeness, and our inherent resilience and balance - however hidden these qualities may sometimes seem.

I work in Milton Keynes, Oxford and online.

Training, qualifications & experience

I trained in Core Process Psychotherapy at the Karuna Institute in Devon. This psychotherapy training is accredited by both the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). I have been working as a psychotherapist for the past 3 years and I engage in regular supervision and CPD to support my work.

I have practised Insight Meditation (the origin of Mindfulness) for over 16 years and have been teaching Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) to groups and individuals since 2012. Before training as a Psychotherapist, I worked in higher education for many years.

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Domestic violence

Mens issues


£75.00 per session
Free initial in-person or online session

Additional information

Free initial session

£75 per hour for ongoing sessions

When I work

I work Monday-Friday in Milton Keynes and Thursday evenings in Oxford.

Further information

My work as a therapist reflects three core beliefs:

  • We all experience difficulty and distress and we are all impacted by our experiences
  • Healing and a return to wholeness is possible for us all
  • In order to heal, our feelings and experiences need to be met with kindness and compassion

At different times we will all experience difficulty and distress and we are all impacted by our experiences of life. Because of past hurts we learned ways to stay safe and avoid getting hurt again. These strategies were once necessary for our survival and development, but they also separate us from deeper and more fulfilling relationships. Learning to understand and navigate the landscape of our lives helps us understand how our experiences have impacted and shaped us.

Milton Keynes, MK11

2A South Parade, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX2 7JL

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Mat Schencks
Mat Schencks