Matthew Hart MNCS(Accred)
If you are looking here as part of wanting to make a change in your life then I think you are already demonstrating courage. I think it is courageous because in our culture we seem to have a belief that we should all be 'sorted' - able to handle everything that life throws at us with not so much as an occasional cry on a friends shoulder.
But this is clearly not how it is. We are rarely brought up in a way that equips us to deal with all the complexities of modern life. And we are likewise not supported and equipped to manage all of our bewildering needs, dreams and desires. There is an idea that we should just fit like a neat round peg in a neat round hole. The reality is often very different - we may feel like we don't fit in no matter what we do. So we end up thinking that maybe we are going crazy, when actually it is the belief system that is crazy.
I think that turning towards your problems and facing them fully is an act of strength. I often see great courage in my clients even though they may not yet be able to see it themselves. I think that looking for change also shows a greater-than-usual awareness of one's potential - or the potential of life itself. and an awareness of your own potential. I feel supportive of your search - and hope that you find just the right therapist for you at this point in time.
The kind of therapy that I offer is called Gestalt (meaning whole or complete) and focusses on what is happening in the here and now in the room, following closely where your energy flows and where it seems stuck. This can mean noticing what sensations you are feeling in your body, and noticing thoughts patterns that come and go. It can also mean noticing how we communicate and relate together because this can be revealing about how others related with you in the past, and from that awareness new possibilites become available. Suddenly, during the process of working together, insight or new awareness can spring up, as though from nowhere. I do feel this is one of the wonderful mysteries of this work. In this way we can gradually learn to separate the 'here and now' from the 'there and then'.
I work with all kinds of issues, most commonly with anxiety and depression. I have worked with people following affairs and relationship issues or breakdown and the difficult emotions that often follow. There is a trend towards self-diagnosis of things like Borderline personality disorder or Bi-Polar disorder, which I think can be helpful, yet also potentially quite harmful as labels can entrench patterns which are only that - patterns of relating and thinking about oneself. Other common reasons for seeking therapy are stress and overwhelm, low mood or just feeling sad. I work with the effects of abuse - including emotional abuse and the consequent low self esteem that often follows.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified counsellor with the National Counselling Society(Accredited member). I am also in the advanced stages of psychotherapy training with the Welsh Psychotherapy Partnership. I work as part of my college’s Affordable Therapy Service. This service aims to provide high quality psychotherapy at relatively low cost from therapists who are in training towards UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) registration.
It means that I am overseen by my college and I am in regular supervision at a frequency related to the number of clients that I see as stipulated by my college. The fees I charge are also limited by the service.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I work with a very wide range of issues and am able to work with loss or bereavement or anything which triggers the sense of one's mortality and the facing of one's own vulnerability.
My standard rate is £40 per 50 minute session. I do work as part of an affordable therapy service and so if finances are an obstacle I am happy to discuss a lower rate.
I have a background in spiritual exploration, particularly Advaita or the Non-Dual approach, which sees that essentially there is no separate 'me' identity - that this personal identity is ultimately a fiction that we all create. This fundamental truth underpins my work and allows everything to be seen in a greater perspective that allows healing into even the most painful experiences.