About me

As a qualified and experienced psychotherapist, I offer private individual and group therapy and clinical supervision. Starting work as a therapist in 1992, I have many years of counselling experience, which includes working in the NHS, charitable sector, education and private practice.

One of the most important things that I believe that I can do is to provide my clients with a safe space, where they can explore whilst knowing that I will not criticize them or think badly of them. I have worked with a range of client issues including mental-health, anger, anxiety, bereavement, depression, self-esteem and sexuality, as well as supporting self-exploration

I am based in central London, within easy access from Tottenham Court Road, Covent Garden and Holborn tube stations

For more information, see my website: www.life-development.co.uk

Please email me with your initial enquiry at lifedevelopment@fastmail.com

Qualified in in counselling (Dip), psychotherapy (PGDip), art psychotherapy (MA) and clinical supervision (Dip), I hold the professional titles of ‘Counsellor’, ‘Psychotherapist’ and ‘Clinical Supervisor’. Please note that my highest degree (MA) is in art psychotherapy, and that my professional title for private practice is ‘Art Psychotherapist’. Although I might invite you to use creativity in your appointments, you do not need to do so and it is not a pre-requisite for the work.

Training, qualifications & experience

Additional to private practice, current employment includes tutor in counselling and faculty member for various colleges in the London area including the Gestalt Centre London.

Qualifications include: (1) MA - Art Psycotherapy, (2) PGDip – Psychotherapy, (3) Diploma – Counselling, (4) Diploma - Group and Individual Supervision, (5) Certificate - Health Counselling, (6) National Certificate – Mediation.

Professional bodies I have membership with are: (1) MBACP – Accredited (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists), (2) HCPC – Registered (Health & Care Professions Council), (3) BAAT – British Association of Art Therapists.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


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.


Health and Care Professions Council

The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.

They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.

Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Sexual health, gender issues, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual, identity, happiness, fear


Additional information

Please email to discuss fees at lifedevelopment@fastmail.com


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Matt Martys

Matt Martys