Matthew Gettins MBACP (Reg)

Matthew Gettins MBACP (Reg)

Havant Meeting Place
Havant United Reformed Church
37 North Street

07552 418 857

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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.

My qualifications and experience

I began work as a qualified counsellor since 2008. working for two organisations,  ‘Spotlight’ and ‘Off the Record’. At Spotlight, a substance misuse service,  I worked with clients who were addicted to drugs or alcohol, and at 'Off the Record, I specialised in counselling young people aged between 11-25.

In 2013, I joined The Portsmouth Counselling Service and began to support clients of all ages dealing with a wide range of issues.

A registered member of The British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), I have had an Honours Degree in Humanistic Counselling from the University of Chichester with additional training in Cognitive Behaviour, Psychodynamic Therapy, Counselling Abused Clients, Play Therapy, OCD, Adapt Domestic Violence Abuse Prevention, Drug awareness, Safeguarding Children and Child Protection, Mental Health and the Developing Mind, Loss and Bereavement and Mindfulness

My story

In my late teens, I lost some of my vision. It was during this particularly difficult time in my life that I was first introduced to counselling, and found out for myself how beneficial and life-changing counselling could be.

Having a counsellor take the time to listen to me, seemed surreal at first. Friends and family had always given their opinions and reassurances, with the best of intentions at heart, yet being really listened to was ground-breaking for me.

Counselling was not something I would have ever considered until it was suggested to me. I can remember feeling anxious about our first meeting, purely because I didn’t know what to expect. I knew I wanted to give counselling a go and equally to go into the experience with an open mind. I am so pleased I went, Counselling gave me the space to explore my thoughts and feelings and make sense of them in my own mind. I learnt to speak from the heart, instead of the hurt and started to feel free, to trust the choices I made and ultimately, become comfortable with who I was.

Such was the impact of the counselling I received, I decided to choose counselling as my vocation, offering the opportunity for others to benefit as I had.

“Acceptance lies in you, not in any form of words." (Tolan, 2012)

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


Accredited register membership


Face to face counselling £40 per hour

Telephone counselling £35 per hour

Further information

How can you contact me?

You can contact me by telephone on 07552 418857, email

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.

Maps & Directions

Havant, PO9 1PP

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


9am-5pm, Monday-Friday.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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