Matthew Bowes UKAHPP, UKCP (registered)
I am an experienced, qualified and accredited psychotherapeutic counsellor and body psychotherapist. I work with a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, 'personality disorder', relationship problems and mid-life crisis. I have specialist training working with anger issues and bereavement. Through my clinical work for the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, I have experience working with people suffering from trauma through violence and sexual abuse. Having previously worked for many years as a television producer, I have first hand knowledge of working in high stress employment and how counselling and psychotherapy can be used to alleviate this.
People often ask, what is body psychotherapy? Put simply, while the basis of our work will be ‘talking therapy, body psychotherapy aims to facilitate the talking therapy process by exploring and working with bodily symptoms, breath, movement, habitual gestures and internal feelings.
In my experience, body psychotherapy can be useful to help us engage with our emotional, felt experience more deeply. Crucially, it fully recognises that we are integrated mind-body-spirit and ultimately these are inseparable. It can be especially helpful for those of us who suffer from persistent physical symptoms, which may have no obvious organic cause; those of us who get particularly caught up in our heads and thinking processes; or those of us who feel out of relationship with our bodies in some way.
My background in yoga, meditation supports my practice as a counsellor and body psychotherapist. Embodied Relational Therapy, the type of body psychotherapy which I’m trained in, centres on the core premise that as human beings, we are integrated body-mind-spirit; and on the whole, we find this condition hard to manage. Our nature seeks to express itself freely, while at the same time protecting itself in conditions sometimes of great difficulty. This double task of expression and protection makes us often subject to contradictory pulls, offering double messages about what we feel, want and need. Through a non-invasive relationship, which is challenging but supportive, it is possible to disentangle our double-ness and allow our process to unfold.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a post-graduate diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy from Regents College, London and an advanced diploma in Embodied Relational Therapy, a type of body psychotherapy developed and taught by Nick Totton, one of the UK's leading body psychotherapy practitioners. I also trained in Jungian Analysis for 4 years with the Guild of Analytical Psychologists. I currently work as a psychotherapist in private practice in Brighton and in an outpatients clinic specialising in treating clients with enduring and complex emotional issues for the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. I am accredited by the UK Association of Humanistic Psychology Practitioners and registered with UKCP.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Before beginning work together it is often helpful to have a telephone conversation and/or email contact to discuss your needs and the possibility of working together. Please feel free to call me on 07973 669993. There is no charge for this. If you decided you would like to meet for an initial assessment, I charge a flat fee of £30 for this first 60 minute session. Thereafter the standard fee is £50 - £60 per 60 minute session.
I currently work on Havelock Road in the Fiveways area of Brighton and at the Brighton Consulting Rooms which are less than a minute's walk away from Preston Park station.
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I work Monday to Friday daytime and early evenings. Please contact me to arrange an appointment.
Types of client