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About me

Hello, my name's Matt, thanks for taking a moment to check out my profile. I do 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.It may well be that what sounds right and feels right or going with that 'gut instinct' would be your very best guide in choosing the right therapist for you.

Whether on-line or face to face, each therapy experience is as unique as the individual I meet. However, if I were to describe my approach more generally I would say that my style of therapy looks to return psychotherapy to its original meaning; to 'stand side by side'.

An approach that holds to the understanding that peoples experiences make sense within the framework of their own lives: whether those be experiences of anxiety, depression, panic or simply feeling sad all are meaningful reflections of what that person has been through, what they're going through now, what they have come to believe and what they value and care about.

An approach that understands trauma, abuse, bullying, discrimination, oppression in terms of the impact these experiences can have in shaping a person’s beliefs about themselves, others and the world around them.

An approach that holds to the belief that while psychotherapy can indeed be a truly helpful, transformative and even life changing experience that this depends upon understanding and 'meeting' that person in terms of  their story and the unique being that they are.

Both in my role as an NHS psychotherapist and in private practice I have always worked particularly well with people who have come to question their ability to cope, persevere or succeed; often expressed as deep feelings of hopelessness or helplessness and deeply held beliefs around 'always falling short' or 'not being good enough’.

Likewise I have a real interest in working with people who experience themselves in terms of 'feeling lost' or that 'things just don't feel right'; who may be experiencing a loss of meaning in their lives or who find themselves at a crossroads and may be questioning their own sense of direction and identity.    (Please see below for some of my client's testimonials)

As in any relationship chemistry is important; rapport and trust are vital if any journey of exploration and discovery is to be undertaken. An initial meeting allows you to judge if you feel that that trust and rapport is there. > Please do feel free to get in touch

If any of this resonates with you and you feel this approach is something that could work for you 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
  • NHS Psychotherapist-Macmillan Psychological Support Team-Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust.
  • (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)
  • Member College of Constructivist Psychotherapies

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for 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).

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

Living with chronic illness
Living with cancer
Palliative Care

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Existential therapy
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy


Additional information

50 minute session : £60

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.


Day and evening

Further information

Client Testimonials:

“…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

"….. 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


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

DBS checked

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Matt Donovan - NHS & Private Practice

Matt Donovan - NHS & Private Practice