About me

My name is Matthew Gettins and I am a fully qualified counsellor based in Havant, Hampshire. I am experienced at counselling young people (11-25) and adults of any age. Described by my clients as very approachable, and extremely easy to talk to,  I offer a place where you will be accepted and valued for who you are and be safe to explore your thoughts and better understand your feelings. In particular, I am able to help you with:

  • Relationship difficulties
  • Addiction
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Disability
  • Anger
  • Bereavement or loss
  • Anxiety
  • Self-harm
  • Sexual abuse
  • Low self-esteem
  • Traumatic events.

Naturally, people like to speak to their counsellor and ask questions before committing to attend counselling sessions. Therefore, I am happy to offer a FREE telephone consultation, without obligation, to answer any questions you may have.

My counselling style

My philosophy is one of listening, acceptance and remaining non-judgmental. In practice this means that I listen to the issues you wish to discuss, accept you for who you are and never judge you or your actions.

My approach is humanistic and person-centred. This means I believe that we all have the ability to achieve our full potential, only sometimes our ability can become blocked due to things that we may have experienced in our lives, especially if they have affected our self-esteem and sense of worth.

Training, qualifications & experience


  • BA (Hons) Humanistic Counselling Degree
  • Diploma in Humanistic Counselling
  • NCFE Level 3 Counselling - Certificate in Counselling Skills & Theory
  • NCFE Level 2 Counselling - Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • NCFE Level 1 Counselling - National Award in Interpersonal Skills

Training Workshops

South Downs College

  • Cognitive Behaviour
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Referral and Supervision
  • Group Dynamics
  • Human Development
  • The Law and Counselling Abused Clients

​Portsmouth Counselling Service

  • Attachment
  • Celebrating Diversity
  • NLP - Theoretical Principles & Useful Interventions
  • Abuse - What, When & How to Respond
  • Introduction to ACT & The Matrix
  • Guilt & Shame

​Off The Record

  • Drug Awareness
  • Safeguarding Children & Child Protection
  • Sexuality, Prejudice and Diversity
  • Mental Health and the Developing Mind
  • Information Talk from Victim Support
  • Helping Clients/Service Users to get Debt Advice
  • Self Esteem, Assertiveness and Anger Management
  • Child Sexual Exploitation
  • It’s Not Me … It’s My OCD
  • ADAPT - Adapt Domestic Violence Abuse Prevention
  • The Existential Approach - Is That All There Is
  • Children and Young People with Courage
  • Loss and Bereavement
  • Engaging young people through Play Therapy
  • Bereft - The powerful bond of attachment shockingly disrupted by separation, divorce and loss impacting the hearts, minds and lives of young people
  • Safeguarding Children & Child Protection
  • Mindfulness
  • To develop an awareness of Safeguarding children and young people
  • Engaging Young People through Creative Play

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.


Additional information

Face to face counselling £40 per hour

Telephone counselling £35 per hour


9am-5pm, Monday-Friday.

Further information

How can you contact me?
You can contact me by telephone on 07552 418857 or email me.

How long will a counselling session last?
Counselling sessions last for 1 hour.

How regular are the counselling sessions?
Counselling sessions take place on a regular weekly basis, ideally on the same day and time each week.

Where will the counselling session take place?
Counselling sessions usually take place in Havant.

What is the cost of the counselling sessions?
Counselling session are £40 each.

Are counselling sessions confidential?
As a member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), I am bound by the BACP’s Ethical Framework with regard to confidentiality.

Do you offer a free initial consultation session?
Yes, I offer a free initial telephone consultation session to all new/potential clients.  This consultation will give us the opportunity for us to discuss the reason you are seeking counselling; any questions or concerns you may have; whether we feel we would work together well.

Following this discussion, if you decide you wish to go ahead, we will then agree a mutually convenient time and date to meet.

Do you work one-to-one, couples or take groups?
At the moment,  I  provide individual counselling only.

What happens if I miss a session?
If cancellations are made 48 hours in advance no fee will be charged.

Havant Meeting Place
Havant United Reformed Church
37 North Street

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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