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Welcome to The Resting Tree

The aim of The Resting Tree is to awaken personal inner awareness through sessions, readings, writing, videos, and any other creative means. My vocation, as a psychotherapist and psychogeographer, is working with people who feel the need of a radical change and rebirth, the release of blockages and constrictions, and liberation by the re-appropriation of the True Self via a creative and mystical perspective, which allows transformative change, the discovery of Inner Truth, and the letting go of outdated, external and controlling structures. My approach is multifaceted, integrating mysticism, art, and psychotherapy.

Our work together will be grounded in knowledge from the arcane and uncanny, spirituality, and underpinned by a psychotherapeutic approach, ethical framework, and the ability to channel inspired connections. We might be using archetypes, tarot, chakras, Ayurveda, meditation, and journaling which are all tools that sit on top of the psychotherapeutic framework.

Working with me, some people say, it is not going to be easy, but I can promise that I will never give up on you because no dream is so small to be neglected.

Part of the work I do can be found in my blog here: https://www.matildetomat.com/latest

Training, qualifications & experience

BA (Hons) Art & Design - Fine Art at York St. John Univ from Sept 2020
Working Online with Couples
Using Mindfulness to De-Stress, Reduce Anxiety and Stay Present during These Challenging Times—and Beyond
Who’s Responsible for Our Collective Mental Health? An Exploration of Current Strategies and the Post-Pandemic Landscape
Helping Clients Heal Trauma and PTSD During the Pandemic
Using Neuroscience to Pull Through the Current Mental Health Crisis
Moving Therapeutic Practice Online
Demystifying Mindfulness - Leiden University (online)
Introduction & Practice: EFT / EFT Energy
UAL FAD Art & Design - finished June 2020
Evening / Half Day / Full Day workshops on Shame - ongoing
Introduction to Family Therapy
L4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling – CPCAB
L3 Certificate in Counselling Studies – CPCAB
L2 Certificate in Counselling Skills – CPCAB
Grade 1 – Nichiren Buddhism
RRR – Recovery Coach
Celebrate Recovery Leaders Training (with John Baker)
12 Steps : Christian, Buddhist, Zen, Mindfulness
Perfect Daughters – Adult Daughters of Alcoholics
MindMapping for Happiness
Branding & Lovemarks : a new you
Art Therapy, Journalling, Scrapbooking
Quality Decision Making
Therapeutic Journalling
Public Speaking
Chaplaincy – course sponsored by the Buddhist Healthcare Chaplaincy Group including hospital placement hours
In-house L1 – Eating Disorders
In-house L2 – Eating Disorders
Book: "Rebeltherapy: a therapist journey through addiction, trauma, and Nichiren Buddhism", is now available on Amazon, both as ebook and paperback.
Book: a thousand names is now available on Amazon and it explores existential issues connected with death and suicide.

Member organisations


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

I have noticed that particularly lately most of my clients come to me with questions regarding the meaning of their own life, values, and the search for their own purpose; especially when working with artists and writers, their main area of exploration concerns the lack of a sense of fulfilment, and working with their shame and fears.

I have also noticed during my experience that I tend to be found by clients who need to:

  • work on that deep-rooted sense of loneliness, sadness, anguish and heartache, emotional pain and weight they are carrying around within them
  • connect to a higher purpose / meaning / significance
  • explore and work with the Inner Child
  • understand the difference between temporal and everlasting happiness
  • assistance while going through a phase of emotional (fertile) emptiness, transitions, menopause, crisis (spiritual and not)
  • heal the past / childhood trauma (including physical and sexual violence)
  • heal sexual abuse (including incest) and violence (including traumatic/criminal death) in childhood
  • heal a relationship (birth family, marriage, work)
  • go through a divorce or break-up
  • facilitate one’s own passing
  • feel more in touch with the Divine / sense of divine
  • understand / cope / live with anxiety and panic attacks

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Group therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies


Fees per 50 therapeutic minutes

£44 adults – first session: £30 which includes a free initial consultation

Adults: 1 free session when pre-booking and pre-paying a series of 10 (total of £382)

Couples: £60 per session (Couples therapy will also include some 1:1 sessions at usual rates)

Archetypes & Tarot Sessions: £33 per single 1-hour session

£30 undergraduate students with proof of attendance for the course (max 10 hours)

Telephone Counselling: £44 per session to be paid online in advance

(these new fees are in place from Mon 7 Sept 2020; old fees unchanged from Mon 4 Jun 2018)

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors


Mon - Fri --- 9am - 8pm Available also on Saturdays and for workshops. Pls, get in contact to know the latest availability. Thank you.

Further information

I do work with adults and on a one-to-one basis, from home, unless otherwise agreed (see telephone and written counselling, or walk&talk):

  • I see clients only if they have previously pre-booked the session with me; please, be mindful of the time which is dedicated only to you and arranged in a way to protect both your privacy, other clients, and my family members;
  • My fundamental values follow BACP’s ones. These are defined to protect both of us, in our therapeutic relationship, and also my own premises

For anyone who is interested, I do offer outdoor counselling sessions grounded in psychogeography and hence assisting you in exploring your story and pain while immersing in nature (fees to be agreed depending on location); and walk&talk experience, especially when coupled with mindfulness breathing and walking, mostly along the Leeds/Liverpool Canal. I also offer telephone and written counselling. Telephone and Written Sessions are always paid in advance.

At home, I do mostly share my space with Virginia and James, my cats. They won't be participating in the sessions, but please bear this in mind if you are allergic.

Should I not be able to answer the phone, please do leave a message or send a text and I will contact you as soon as possible. I will then send you via email directions and contract.

I am available to be booked for week-end workshops or group work.

As a member of the BACP I do abide by and deeply believe in its Ethical Framework in working with you, for your own wellness, at your pace, and within those well-defined boundaries, creating a safe island where healing can take place. I am fully insured, supervised (both on a one-to-one basis and also within a group / peer supervision). I am also CRB checked, and I do respect my own Continuing Professional Development.

For any information or to book a session, please send an email to info@therestingtreelancs.com



Key details

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Wheelchair user access

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.

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Older adults


Matilde Tomat - The Resting Tree - MBACP

Matilde Tomat - The Resting Tree - MBACP