Matthew Adkins BA (Hons.) Psych. LLB. MNCS, MHS, GQHP

Matthew Adkins BA (Hons.) Psych. LLB. MNCS, MHS, GQHP



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About me

Wow! These are uncertain times. What with Covid-19, lockdowns and working from home, we are being challenged to a whole new evaluation of things. There are no easy answers and things are going to be difficult for a while.   I don't have a magic wand to make all this go away but I can listen and work with you and at least help you come up with strategies to lessen the emotional impact of all this. Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy offers a unique approach to emotional disturbance based on the premise that you are not your thoughts.   They are just that, thoughts.   How you let them affect you, however, can be a different thing altogether. If you suffer from distressing thoughts (resulting in depression, anxiety, stress, anger, guilt etc), then we can tackle these and learn new ways to cope and overcome them.

I do cognitive behavioural counselling and hypnotherapy. This is based on the therapeutic model pioneered by Albert Ellis which is known as Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy or REBT.   REBT has its roots in psychodynamic psychotherapy and the early behavioural therapies.  REBT is based upon the principle that it is not events per se that disturb us but rather the beliefs that we hold about those events which often lead to disturbing thoughts and emotions.

Rational Emotive Therapy offers a uniquely challenging and constructive methodology for tackling fundamental (and existential) issues relating to depression, anxiety, anger, and other disturbing emotions. REBT sessions are highly interactive and can include various exercises and skills-development tools which can be taken away and applied in everyday life.

For your safety and wellbeing, all of this can be done this remotely over the phone, Skype, or FaceTime.

Sessions may also include Mindfulness (which has been shown to break the cycle of disturbing thoughts).  

At all times, sessions are conducted in accordance with the highest ethical standards and are done in a non-judgemental environment where one can be free to express oneself and talk about issues in confidence.

Training, qualifications & experience

B.A. (Hons) Psychology, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada
Specialising in clinical psychology

School of Regent's University School of Psychotherapy and Psychology, London, England

- Accredited mediator

College of Cognitve Behavioural Therapies, London, England - Diploma in CBT, Diploma in CBT & Mindfulness, Advanced Diploma in Cogntive Behavioural Therapy (specialising in Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy) with Distinction

- Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist and REBT Practitioner.

Registered with the following professional bodies:

National Counselling Society (Accredited Member)

National Hypnotherapy Society (Professional Member)

General Hypnotherapy Register (Registered Hypnotherapist)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership


Price for a course of sessions (and the number of sessions itself) can be agreed with you in advance and will depend on where you would like to meet, whether we do sessions via Skype or whether you have any particular aspects you wish to explore.  

Further information

Fully insured and qualified

Sessions can be conducted in person or, where appropriate, or necessary, through Skype.

Maps & Directions

Woking, GU21

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access: Yes

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme