Matthew Adkins BA (Hons.) Psych. LLB. MNCS, MHS, GQHP
Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy offers a unique approach to emotional disturbance based on the premise that you are not your thoughts. We all have thoughts about one thing or another; often they are negative and sometimes self-destructive. But they are just that - thoughts. They are not you! 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)
Registered / Accredited
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National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
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In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
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.
Fully insured and qualified
Sessions can be conducted in person or, where appropriate, or necessary, through Skype.