Matthew Hayes MBACP
Hello and welcome to my profile.
Are you feeling sad, anxious, angry or in any way that doesn't feel right for you?
Life can bring many different and unexpected challenges. It is in times like these talking to someone can be helpful. Safety, confidentiality and non-judgement is paramount in a professional counselling relationship.
Talking to someone about your private feelings may feel unusual, therefore trust is really important. I am committed to working with you at your pace, no matter if your feelings are too big or small.
Each one of us is an individual and I work with whatever you bring to each session. I provide a safe, confidential space for you to express yourself freely without judgement. I am committed to offering a supportive therapeutic relationship and trusting working alliance.
I am an integrative counsellor, which means I work with different theoretical approaches to provide my own counselling style. I work from a foundation of person-centered counselling, alongside solution-focused therapy, behavioral therapy, transactional analysis and grief theory.
I have experience of working with a range of clients from different backgrounds. I have worked with clients who have experienced sadness, stress, depression, anxiety, anger, loneliness, relationship problems, family problems, eating disorder recovery, loss, bereavement, bereavement by suicide, phobias, suicidal thoughts and self harm.
If you would like to learn more about my service or would like to enquire about sessions, please email me or visit my website.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified counsellor and a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Here is a list of my qualifications:
- BACP Certificate of proficiency
- CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Studies
- CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Skills
- OCVC Certificate in Counselling
- CRUSE Certificate - Awareness in Bereavement Care
- CRUSE Group Supervision Certificate
- CRUSE Certificate in Facilitating Bereavement Support Groups
I have experience of teaching as a counselling lecturer in Aylesbury. I previously worked as a counsellor for the Oxford Counselling Centre in Oxford and I am a trained bereavement counsellor at Oxford CRUSE Bereavement Care. I am also a trained CRUSE group supervisor, where I support other bereavement volunteers, and have previously been a co-facilitator for the CRUSE bereaved by suicide support group, run in association with Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS)
In other roles, I have worked with young adults and university students in crisis in Oxford city. Mental health support is an important passion of mine and I have previously campaigned for increased awareness of mental health and welfare in university.
I am currently working towards becoming an accredited member of the BACP.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
Photos & videos
£45 for a 50 minute session. Concessions are available.
I am a registered member of the BACP and I am committed to their ethical framework for counselling. The ethical framework is in place to set standards for professional and ethical practice.
I hold professional indemnity insurance.
I am committed to on-going professional development and training. You can find out about my recent training below:
- CRUSE Aspects Workshop - "Understanding Grief and Bereavement"
- CRUSE Aspects Workshop - "Trauma and Crisis – Working with a large Group of Young Adults”
- CRUSE Aspects Workshop - "From Despair to Repair. Why You Don’t Need Resilience”
- CRUSE Aspects Workshop - "Talking to Children and Young People about Death and Dying”
- CRUSE Aspects Workshop - "The Inside Story – How the Prison Service Supports Bereaved Prisoners”
- OCTS - "Understanding Emotional Unstable Personality Disorder"
- CRUSE Branch - Boundaries Workshop
- Turning Point - Novel Psychoactive Substances
- OCTS - 2 day introduction to motivational interviewing
- BRIEF - 2 day workshop in Solution focused practice
- OSARCC - 2 day Sexual Violence Awareness course
- OSMHN - Better Understanding and Management: Emotions and Behaviours (DBT)
- CRUSE Aspects Workshop - "Finding hope in sudden and traumatic loss"
- CRUSE Aspects Workshop - "Business as usual - Dealing with loss in policing"
- CRUSE Aspects Workshop - “Aspects of Self: A Person Centred Perspective”
- CRUSE Aspects Workshop - “Home as a place of safety: But when the foundations are rocked”
- CRUSE Aspects Workshop - “Bereavement by suicide and return to work”
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
6pm - 9pm Wednesday evenings
Types of client