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My name is Matt Lambert and I am an experienced integrative counsellor and psychotherapist based in Horsham with 19 years experience of working with adults, children and families.
I specialise in working with adults, children and carers with depression and help them to reconnect to themselves and the world around them. Depression can be complicated inasmuch as there is no one reason as to why someone might experience it and often it's not just depression it can be a whole host of other things which are ultimately linked to it and this could be self harm, gaming, isolation, hopelessness, fear, worry about the past or the future, addiction, loss/grief, feeling lost and that life has no meaning or uncertainty. Depression is a word that is frequently used in every day life and whilst there is a definition I believe that we can all experience depression in our own unique way and your depression may not feel like my depression but this doesn't make it any less valid. How you feel and how you live your life is important and often addressing the depression that we feel can help us to live the life that we have always dreamt of freeing us of persistent negativity, guilt and unhappiness.
Depression can shape our lives and it can impact the jobs that we have, our relationships, not just intimate ones, and it can also play a big part in the choices that we make in life, the food we eat, the friends we have as well as our hopes, dreams and aspirations. Some people live with depression unknowingly and this could be a result of feeling cut off from our own bodies or having never experienced what it feels like to be happy or settled in life. Depression can strip the joy out of life and it's my aim to assist you in finding that joy again because I can assure it is there and by working together we can find it.
How I work
As an Integrative therapist I incorporate Humanistic and Psychodynamic theory as well as mindfulness techniques within my practice. I view people as being the best person to guide them in their lives in terms of making their own decisions and knowing what is best for them and I work alongside you to help you make sense of your reasons for accessing therapy. I am not there to give advice or to make decisions for you and counselling is a process that unfolds over time and I place great focus and emphasis on healing holistically which is a process that is unique to the individual.
My aim is to talk about you and to assist you on your healing journey in whatever form that takes. Our sessions will provide you with a safe place to heal, somewhere that you can rely on to provide you with the necessary support to help you make sense of your world, a calm space that is yours away from the chaos of life.
Where am I based?
I work out of a private office in Horsham town centre which is easily accessible by bus and train and there is also adequate parking in The Forum or Swan Walk car parks which are within a 5 minute walk away. Horsham is conveniently located in West Sussex and is close to East Grinstead, Crawley, Haywards Heath and Dorking which are all within a 30 minute radius.
.....A little bit more about me and the work that I do
Mindfulness and healing
By accessing nature or moving our bodies we can open doors to then talk about what's bothering us, this can be self perpetuating as opening up can breed confidence and instil a positive sense of self worth which in turns assists us in opening up some more. This process is about starting to listen to that voice within that has been telling you to lose weight or leave your job or to start a hobby, the voice that is telling you that you could live a happier more meaningful life.
As well as the traditional theory I also incorporate mindfulness techniques into my work and this can present as mindfulness techniques, breathing or mindful walking/activity. Mindfulness can help free us from chronic unhappiness and also assist us in enjoying life for what it is without fear, anxiety or worry of the past or future. Therapy within four walls is not for everyone as expression is not always something we can provide on tap and therefore movement and creativity can help us to open up when we can't find the appropriate words. I incorporate integrative psychotherapy and mindfulness techniques in a safe and confidential environment in which to explore difficulties such as addiction, bereavement, relationships, loss, fearfulness, depression and anxiety or worry about life choices.
Young adults and teenagers.
Depression, self harm, anxiety and isolation are all on the rise for young adults and teenagers. As a society never have we all been so detached and under the illusion that we are more connected than ever before. Being a teenager can be difficult, school pressures, parent pressures, social media pressures which can all negatively impact mental health and anxiety levels. Teenagers often feel misunderstood by the people around them and Therapists can play an important part in providing a safe person to talk to about their problems or worries.
Gaming has become an integral part of a teenagers life and now with online gaming this has created a great deal of isolation as although people interact via headset there is often a lack of physical engagement. Gaming can be a positive part of a child's life but I am also aware it can cause tiredness, depression, anger, isolation and difficulty focussing or concentrating at school when done to excess. Gaming is hard for parents to police and often parents can take the stance of leaving their child to game for hours and hours because they know that if they try to stop it it will inevitably cause hostility. So what do you do?
Working with Carers and people with illness or learning difficulties.
I also work with carers and adults with learning difficulties as I have come to realise that often people with learning difficulties and their carers can be overlooked and what can be lacking is the opportunity to talk about their lives - to be seen for who they are and not their role or disability. Often caregivers and the cared for can have feelings of guilt, frustration, anger and isolation on a continuous loop and this can negatively impact our lives and erode our personalities.
To discuss any of the above issues or to explore whether your child would benefit from having an initial session with me please give me a call.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Pre Diploma in Counselling
- BA Hons in Social Work
- Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
- Masters in Psychotherapy and Healing
Having qualified as a therapist in 2013, as well as private practice, I have worked for CRI (Crime Reduction Initiative), Surrey Care Trust and HCCG (Horsham and Crawley Counselling Group)
As part of my ongoing commitment to my professional development I have also attended numerous courses relating to child development and teenage behaviour, trauma, Autism, motivational interviewing and Solution focussed therapy.
I currently see clients in private practice.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Individual counselling sessions
£30 for our initial assessment session
£40 per session
Time limited counselling
£30 for our initial assessment session
£35 per session if bought in blocks of 10-12 sessions - This can be paid for in advance or on a weekly basis.
I also have a limited number of places available for concessions/discounts and fees can be discussed based on a sliding scale depending on income and your current situation. I am very passionate about affordable counselling and feel that regardless of income or presenting situation everyone should be able to access psychological support.
Corporate counselling and coaching
£60 per 50 minute session for EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) counselling or If you are interested in hiring me to provide counselling sessions for staff members then please give me a call so we can discuss your requirements.
If you require my services for a full day then please contact me to discuss the fees as this will be dependent on the needs of your company and staff.
Please contact me via telephone or email and I will respond during office hours 9am-5pm Monday to Friday and we can discuss session dates and times to suit our availability.