Dr Matt Wardley, DPsych, MEd, HCPC Registered

Dr Matt Wardley, DPsych, MEd, HCPC Registered



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About me

I am an experienced and approachable counselling psychologist with experience working with adults within the NHS and in private practice. I am trained to doctoral level and have worked in NHS in a number of mental and physical health services since 2007.

I have helped people with a number of issues such depression/low mood, anxiety (including panic attacks, phobias, trauma, health anxiety, social anxiety, obsessions and compulsions), life changes and adjustment, loss and grief, anger, uncertainty, low self-esteem and family/relationship issues. As well as experience with a range of emotional distress I also have specialist experience working with chronic health conditions and the life changes that often come with them. I have worked in specialist NHS services involving eating and weight issues, diabetes, chronic pain, heart and respiratory conditions, kidney disease, and physical intensive care.

There are many reasons people seek psychological support, including those times when you can’t quite pinpoint where or what the problem is but you know that life is out of balance in some way. You may be stressed or discontent in your work, unfulfilled in your intimate relationships, dissatisfied with your social life, or unable to sustain healthy lifestyle changes.

In order to find the right approach for you, I am able to draw on a range of different therapeutic models including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (CBT), Gendlin’s focusing, existential, phenomenological, person-centred, systemic, and psychodynamic approaches alongside mindfulness practices and compassion focused treatments.

At our first meeting, we would discuss your current difficulties, your hopes for change, and how psychology sessions might be able to help. I hope you will find me respectful, compassionate, and understanding. I aim to create a trusting environment where you feel supported and comfortable sharing whatever is concerning you. I will help you to develop new insight as well as build specific psychological skills. The relationship we form will be a crucial part in exploring your difficulties, making sustainable changes, and developing more satisfying ways to engage with the world.

I am able to offer short, medium or longer-term therapy work depending on your specific needs and preferences. If you are keen to find a way forward with whatever you are facing, then please get in contact for a free no obligation telephone consultation to help you get a feel for how I work and to gauge whether I may be the person to help.

Training, qualifications & experience

Core professional training:

  • DPsych in Counselling Psychology at City University, London (2010)
  • MEd (Distinction) in Psychology of Education at University of Bristol (2007)
  • HPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist, registration PYL26805 (2011)
  • Core doctoral training in CBT, person centred, psychodynamic and systemic approaches (2007-10).

Further training:

I have a specialist interest in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a Mindfulness-based cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). I have attended numerous national and international workshops and conferences, and have been trained by the pioneers and world leaders in ACT.  This has lead me in to training others in the approach, and I have trained and presented on ACT at local, national and international events and conferences as well as teaching  at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

In addition to extensive ACT training, I have also attended the following events:

  • Whole Body Focusing, Astrid Shillings, Stroud (4 days), 2016.
  • Experiential-Existential Therapy: A Focusing-oriented Approach, Dr Greg Madison, London (1 day). Provided by Authentica, 2013.
  • Focusing Workshops 1, 2, & 3 Peter Gil (Manjudeva) (6 days). BFA approved. 2013-15
  • Clinical Supervision Training, (BPS approved), University of East London, (2 days),2013
  • Supervision Skills Workshop 1, 2 &3 (3 days), Dr Linda Charles, London. Provided by British Psychological Society (BPS), 2012.
  • Motivational Interviewing (2 days). Provided by Central North West London NHS Foundation Trust, 2009.
  • BPS accredited Psychometric Testing Level (A & B), City University, 2010.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited



£90 per 50 minute session

Maps & Directions

Bournemouth, BH6

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified

Types of client

Young people
Older adults