Matt Tidswell (MBACP)
Hi. I’m Matt.
I am passionate about helping people improve their health and wellbeing and am here to help you explore your feelings in a non-judgemental way; offering a calm, caring and supportive approach.
In addition to conventional counselling, I offer Walk & Talk Therapy (see below.)
With both services I use person-centred counselling. You will be in control and can decide what you want to bring to each session. I will be there to help you explore your feelings, enabling you to find a way forward.
Frequently asked questions about Walk and Talk Therapy.
How does it work?
Walk and Talk Therapy is very similar to conventional counselling. It is one-to-one and strictly confidential. However, it takes place outside with the counsellor exploring the client’s feelings whilst walking outside.
Walking can reduce levels of depression, stress and anxiety. It can reduce tension and help boost self-esteem. Many people find it easier to express their feelings when surrounded by nature, in the fresh air and away from the confines of a closed room. Problems can be worked through one step at a time.
Where is it located?
I have various locations and routes that I use around Preston and the Fylde. We can discuss this to find the right one for you.
How fast do we walk?
The pace is determined by you. As your counsellor I will walk beside you. I am not there to judge you, but to support you as you explore your own personal feelings. Breaks can be taken as necessary. Sometimes, people find stopping and taking in a view of their surroundings helps them to focus on their feelings.
How long do we walk for?
Sessions last for 45 minutes. If you struggle to walk for this length of time, shorter routes and more frequent breaks can be taken. The focus is on providing a place for you to explore your feelings and not your fitness levels.
What about the weather?
I am happy to walk in any weather, providing I regard it as safe to do so. Umbrellas are provided on wet days, and bottled water on hot days.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Diploma in Person Centred Counselling and I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP.)
Prior to being a counsellor, I worked as both a GP Exercise Referral Consultant and a Lifestyle Coach. My experiences taught me how listening to people’s problems could make a positive difference to their confidence and self-esteem. This motivated me to become a counsellor.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Work-related stress
Payment by cash or bank transfer
Duration: 50 minutes
Cost of each session: £28
Counselling sessions take place in Preston at an accessible venue with plenty of free parking available. There is a bus stop directly outside.
Walk and Talk Therapy (This service is limited during the Winter months)
Duration: 45 minutes
Cost of each session: £23
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client