Matt Donovan UKCP Reg. NHS & Private Practice
Hello, my name's Matt, thanks for taking a moment to check out my profile. I understand that this bit can be difficult; taking that first step and choosing the right therapist for you is a really important part of the process. At the end of the day it's probably a good idea to go with your gut instinct; what sounds right or feels right might just be the most useful guide in choosing who would be the right person for you to work with.
My approach to therapy is based on the understanding that a therapist must create a new therapy for each person that they see. To state the obvious; you're unique! And, while it may be the case that a great many of us suffer emotionally at various times in our lives, it is also true that no one sees the world precisely as you do.
And, as an experienced existential/integrative psychotherapist I’m able to draw on a multitude of approaches to work creatively to respond to the unique person that I meet.
I have many years’ experience working within private practice, for the NHS in Primary Care and, for the last five years, for a specialist NHS oncology psychotherapy service across both Lewisham and Greenwich Hospitals.
I have seen a great many people for a wide range of difficulties, which have included relationship problems, bereavement, stress, anxiety, depression, anger, low self-esteem, loss of meaning, body image, abuse, trauma and any number of other interrelated issues ....
And while I do agree that the skill and creativity of a therapist is key, at the same time, no matter what the issue at hand, successful therapy does not solely depend upon a therapist’s expertise but also, crucially, how you feel when you’re with them.
If you feel yourself to be in the presence of someone with whom you feel safe and are able to trust then despite seemingly overwhelming obstacles it can become possible to achieve what you are hoping for from therapy....
Please see below for some of my client's testimonials
If you feel my approach is something that could work or you would like to hear more about then please do give me a call or send me an e-mail without obligation.
Training, qualifications & experience
- UKCP Registered
- (Doctorate Level)-Advanced Diploma Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling (Regent’s College, London)
- Post-Graduate Diploma. Psychotherapy and Counselling (Regent’s College, London)
- Post Graduate Cert. Psychotherapy and Counselling (Regent’s College, London) Post
- Member College of Constructivist Psychotherapies
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Child related issues
- Family issues
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Living with chronic illness
Living with cancer
50 minute session : £55.00
I am committed to the process of continual professional development and abide by the code of ethics and practice of the UKCP. I have full professional indemnity insurance and attend regular supervision with a UKCP accredited supervisor.
“…Matt is one of the best therapists I have ever come across both personally and in my profession as a social worker and a therapist. I have made some major breakthroughs and changes through these sessions which has been absolutely remarkable for me.” private client testimonial
“The experience has been invaluable and will stay with me. I have felt allowed to be me and express myself in ways I’ve been unable to do in other counselling I’ve had. I’ve also been able to articulate and begin to understand my experience of having cancer and the counselling has had a major impact on my recovery process. I feel extremely grateful that I’ve had the opportunity to have these sessions” NHS client testimonial
“Matt not only has the skills and techniques that counsellors are expected to bring to the therapeutic relationship but he has such a sense of 'being present' and 'fully engaging' that it made me feel truly listened to and validated. For me, this ability was extremely therapeutic, healing and invaluable.” Private client testimonial
“My counselling experience with Matt has been very positive, I have felt comfortable enough to honestly express my thoughts, feelings and concerns and this has enabled us to have productive discussions and come up with ways to manage my situation.” NHS client testimonial
"Matt was my counsellor during my second year as a counselling student.... I felt very safe, supported and able to look at and work through the most painful parts of me. Counselling can be hard, but going through that pain barrier is so worth it in the long run. Excellent." Private client testimonial
"….. it still astounds me. I never expected to arrive here, or perhaps never had the trust. But that was something I intuitively felt when I had my first appointment with Matt, a deep sense of easiness and trust, something I had not always experienced in a therapy environment previously.... I am deeply grateful and I would recommend anyone to trust themselves and begin this process if they are looking to understand themselves and the world they experience." Private client testimonial
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Day and evening
Types of client