Mat Schencks - Psychotherapist
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.
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Free initial session
£50 per hour for ongoing sessions
I work Monday-Friday in Milton Keynes and Thursday evenings in Oxford.
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.