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About me

During the Covid-19 pandemic I have made the decision to move my practice online and am only offering sessions via Zoom and other secure platforms.

Recognising the need for, and asking for help are courageous steps. As a qualified integrative-relational counselor and psychotherapist I  honour that courage,  and am here to provide a safe, supportive space to help you explore your difficulties and make positive changes in your life.

Life can place many challenges in our path. Some of them might be  ‘in the moment’, in response to recent events such as bereavement or redundancy, and others may have been part of your life for a long time - such as family relationship issues or behaviours that seem baffling, and that you can’t seem to change. I will work with you to help you identify your goals and support you in making the positive changes that move you towards those goals.

As an integrative-relational practitioner, I draw upon a variety of therapeutic theories and practices to best support you needs. This includes aspects of your relationship with me - the therapeutic relationship - which I believe has the power to heal.

To use the technical terms, I describe how I work as ‘humanistic in essence, and psychodynamic in structure'.  What this means is I offer a confidential, warm and, safe non-judgemental space, that I will listen to you and hear you. I will gently encourage you to explore and understand your experience(s) and will be along side you as you do so. This may include looking at what’s happening within your body as you talk about experiences, and seeking to understand how your early lives, experiences and relationships influence your experiences and relationships today.

I offer both short, fixed-term counselling as well as open-ended long-term counselling in either an in-person, face-to-face setting, or online via secure audio-video platforms such as Zoom. If you would like to contact me, you can do so, in confidence by phone or email for an initial free consultation.

Alongside my private practice, I am continuing to offer fixed term counselling support to adult carers of family and friends through the Kingston Carers Network

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications

BA (Hons) Integrative - Relational Counselling, Middlesex University

Training & CPD

OCST4 - Webcan and voice only online practice [Ongoing]
Working with Complex Grief


Experience

I have provided counselling to adult clients with a wide range of issues at a busy NHS GP practice and am continuing to provide counselling support to adult carers of family and friends through a local charity

Member organisations

BACP

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.

Therapies offered

  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy

Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Additional information

I offer both long and short-term in-person and online individual 1-2-1 counselling.  Sessions are 50 minutes in length and typically take place at the same time and day on a weekly basis:

  • Individiual Session £60
  • Bundle 4 Sessions  £230, valid for 8 weeks, paid in advance
  • Bundle 6 sessions  £330, valid for 12 weeks, paid in advance

Sessions must be cancelled with 48 hours notice, otherwise the full session fee of £60 will be charged

I have a limited number of reduced cost spaces available for those on limited incomes.  please ask for details.

Fees and bundles are periodically reviewed.  Any changes will be communicated with at least 4 weeks notice.

Payment can be made by bank transfer, paypal cash* or contactless*

* For in-person sessions only

Availability

Monday 6pm - 9pm

Tuesday 6pm - 9pm

Thursday 9am - 6pm

Friday  9am - 6pm

Saturday 9am - 12pm

Further information

I offer a free initial 15-20 minute phone call

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and hold student membership with the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online (ACTO). I abide by the BACP ethical framework and am committed to providing a safe and confidential service.  My work is supervised by a clinical supervisor.

I currently hold an enhanced DBS certificate for voluntary work with vulnerable adults

Walton-on-Thames
Surrey
KT12

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS checked

Online platforms

Doxy
VSee
Zoom
Matt Brooks BA (Hons), MBACP

Matt Brooks BA (Hons), MBACP