Matthew Hayes

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MBACP (Accred)
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Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX11
Available for new clients
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This professional is available for new clients.

About me

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) with accreditation. Here is a list of my qualifications:

  • BACP Accreditated Counsellor
  • 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.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

£50 for a 50 minute session. Concessions are available.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Further information

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”

Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX11

Type of session


Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Online platforms

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Matthew Hayes
Matthew Hayes