Matthew Barnard BSc MSt PGDip (UKCP)

Matthew Barnard BSc MSt PGDip (UKCP)

The Old Bakehouse
2A South Parade

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About me

I offer high quality short-term or long-term counselling and psychotherapy to adults and young people. My practice is in Summertown, with easy access to parking and public transport. I am an accredited member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).

How I work

I passionately believe that in order to achieve a successful outcome in counselling, a safe and supportive therapeutic relationship is essential. My approach is collaborative and client-centred to work with you to achieve your therapeutic goals.

I primarily use a psychodynamic therapy model in my work. This approach differs from other psychotherapies as it focuses on making sense of your current difficulty and the feelings, thoughts and associated memories that may have brought you to your current situation. These elements are then used to gather a greater understanding of how you relate to yourself and to friends, family, partners and work colleagues. This way of working supports you in becoming more self-reflective, with a forward-looking approach that acknowledges the influence of the past, with an emphasis on making change in the future.

What are the first steps?

Send me an e-mail or give me a call to arrange a first appointment. We will meet to discuss your situation and decide together whether or not counselling could be helpful to reach your goals.

About Me

I’m an accredited Psychodynamic therapist and counsellor, with over ten years of practice with a range of emotional difficulties. In that time, I have gained a range of experience working in education including both the independent and state sector schools, and in a university counselling service. My work experience also extends to the NHS for adult psychological services and in primary care.

Training, qualifications & experience


BSc Psychology (Open)
Mst Psychodynamic Practice (Oxford)
PgDip Psychoanalytic Infant Observations (Tavistock and Portman)
Introduction to CBT Series (Centre for CBT Oxford)


Barnard, M. 2018, 'On Divorce and Separation', BACP Children, Young People and Families, March 2018, pp. 30-33.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


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£55 per fifty minute session.

I may be able to off a reduced rate if you are a student undertaking a therapeutic training.

This can be discussed when we meet for the first time.

Maps & Directions

Oxford, OX2 7JL

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Yes


I am available most evening and weekends.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults