Matt Donovan

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Psychotherapy for highly sensitive people and deep feelers
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Bromley, Kent, BR1
Limited availability
Limited availability

This professional is accepting new clients but may have a waitlist. Please enquire with them directly to discuss availability.

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; whether you've had a therapy experience before or this is your first time seeking support, 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 and their own natural dispositions: 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 and what they value and care about.

An approach that understands trauma, abuse, bullying, discrimination and 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.

In approaching therapy in this way I have found  that, both in my role as an NHS psychotherapist and in private practice, I work particularly well with those that would describe themselves as 'highly sensitive'; people who so often experience the world as an oppressive and frightening place; who can find themselves trapped by fear, guilt, shame and the depth and intensity of their own emotional being.

Where self doubt, self judgement, people pleasing, pretending in order to fit in, avoiding confrontation at all cost or constantly comparing to others, limits freedoms to such an extent that the world can become both an exhausting and lonely place to be.

A sensitivity to the world that is overwhelmingly experienced as a burden rather than a gift

> A therapy experience can indeed be transformative, however as in any relationship chemistry is important; rapport and trust are vital if any journey of exploration and discovery is to be undertaken, this is particular true for people that think and feel very deeply.

>An initial meeting allows you to judge if you feel that that trust and rapport is there; as I suggest, go with your gut and your heart and let that be your guide! 

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

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UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

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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

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UK Council for Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Living with chronic illness
Living with cancer
Palliative Care


£70.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

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.

When I work

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Day and evening

Bromley, Kent, BR1

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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Matt Donovan
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