Matt Cantor- PG Dip, Adv Dip-Integrative Psychotherapy UKCP reg MBACP
I like to think that our emotions are like the weather. Sometimes it’s sunny and sometimes the clouds roll in.
It’s when the clouds are dark and heavy and don’t look like they’re going anywhere fast that we can start to worry.
Therapy is a process by which, together, we can start to explore why the clouds seem so stuck.
In my experience the exploration of your world by us together, thinking about what makes you tick and why you can’t seem to change fixed behaviours and thought patterns, can lead to you experiencing a happier and more grounded life.
I like to think of therapy as an adventure into peoples’ hidden worlds. Worlds that have always been there, but have been ignored for a long time.
This process of exploration with me as your co-explorer can help the clouds blow away more often and the sun to break through.
So if you’re feeling depressed, a bit lost, suffering from relationship difficulties or just aren’t sure who you are any more, please feel free to get in contact. I believe that together we can change things for the better.
How I Work
Being an integrative psychotherapist means that I am trained in various different styles of psychotherapy and apply these to clients in a way that feels right for the individual rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach. My approach is open and exploratory and I work with a wide variety of problems including depression, relationship difficulties, eating disorders, sexual abuse, anxiety or just feeling a bit lost.
I usually suggest an initial session so that we can meet each other and you can get a feel for how I work and see if you feel that I would be the right therapist for you.
In my experience effective therapy is very much about how the therapist ‘fits’ with the client and the quality of the relationship, so it’s extremely important that you feel comfortable working with me, and if you do, then our exploration of your world can start.
I use various techniques in my work from free association to dream analysis to focusing on emotions in the body.
More importantly I like to stay free and fluid as I work as this allows our work together to be effective and not stuck in one approach that may not resonate with you.
I look forward to exploring your world with you.
Before my training as a psychotherapist, I worked for 20 years in the music industry. Although this was a fantastic experience that allowed me to travel the world, playing and making music as a producer and DJ, I also grew to understand that there are pressures and anxieties that go hand in hand with this lifestyle.
Status anxiety, performance anxiety, stress and burnout are just some of the difficulties that come with working in this often-hedonistic environment.
I have found that my career in the music industry has given me invaluable life experience that has proved especially useful when working with DJ’s and musicians.
My work can involve helping clients in the music industry to untangle their music industry persona from the self they have always been. This can be important in helping them to weather the highs and lows that this business invariably brings.
I am also part of MITC which is a collective of therapists that specialise in working with people from the music industry. Please see musicindustrytherapists.com for more information.
Training, qualifications & experience
I gained my PG Dip/Adv Dip in Integrative Psychotherapy from Regent’s University London. The course is UKCP accredited and lasted five years, incorporating numerous experiential elements, ensuring that I am professionally competent and able to work with the many different problems that can confront us. I am UKCP registered and abide by their code of ethics in practice. I am also a member of the BACP.
I have worked across a broad spectrum from counselling children for the Place 2 Be charity to working as a psychotherapist in an NHS drop-in centre for young people in crisis and participating in ward rounds at a psychiatric unit of an NHS hospital. I have also worked extensively at a London counselling service with people at the later stages in life who are ready to explore the way that they engage with the world in a different way.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Career counselling
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Fees on enquiry. I have a limited number of concessionary spaces available for students and people on a low income.
My Practice (Queen’s Park London NW6)
My counselling room is bright, airy and I believe conducive to opening up imagination and exploration whilst feeling safe and contained.
I am a ten minute walk from Queen’s Park tube station.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Types of client