Matthew O'Mullane MBACP National Online Therapist (LGBT/Q+ Affirmative)
Perhaps you are feeling like you have lost your sense of purpose, or you feel like something is missing? This could be the result of stress at work, difficulties in a relationship, the loss of someone close to you or a past event you have not been able to move on from.
No matter what has led you here, therapy is an opportunity to talk to someone openly and confidentially. How often do you get the opportunity to sit with someone who will listen - and I mean really listen, without interrupting you or telling you things will work themselves out?
Maybe you find the idea of starting therapy a daunting task? Try and think of it as a gym membership for the mind. We often invest in things that enhance our well-being or seek out services that we hope will make us feel happier and healthier. Therapy is an investment in you; an opportunity to get to know and understand yourself better.
This really is about you. Although you don't know much about me personally, we can still connect and relate to each other in a meaningful and authentic way. Having said that, it is important you have an understanding of how I work, what has brought me to where I am today and how this may be useful in getting you to where you want to be.
My personal belief is there is no 'one size fits all' approach. There are many different approaches to therapy but all seek to alleviate personal suffering and facilitate personal growth: most research shows successful therapy is the result of the strength of the relationship between the therapist and client above all else. My main focus is Person-Centred, which is a humanistic way of working, however, I draw upon other modalities as and when they feel appropriate. We can evaluate how we are working together along the way.
I am not directional, nor am I advice-giving, but I will walk alongside you to help empower you. I do use a framework so we have some structure and can work together through three stages:
1. Exploring your current situation.
2. Identifying your goals and gaining a deeper understanding of what you want to happen next.
3. Implementing your goals and evaluating the process.
Most importantly, I will always approach you with warmth and empathy, in a non-judgemental way.
I am an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community and embrace working with people from different cultures and from diverse backgrounds. I also have experience working with people who are based in the theatre, film, and television industries.
I have achieved my level 2 qualification in British Sign Language, awarded by Signature, which has afforded me some insight into the HoH / Deaf community. I would be happy to work alongside a British Sign Language Interpreter if you are deaf and would like to enquire about working this way.
I am a registered member of the BACP and adhere to their ethical framework. I am also committed to continual professional development on a regular basis, to increase my knowledge and experience, in order to better help my clients. I also attend regular supervision.
Training, qualifications & experience
- University of East London, Postgraduate Diploma Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP accredited)
- Westmeria Counselling Services Counsellor
- Trained Place2Be counsellor with placement experience in both Primary and Secondary school settings
- Rose Bruford College Counsellor
- Trained Childline Counsellor (NSPCC)
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
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
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
The cost per session is £60. I offer a limited number of concession slots each week for students in training. Please let me know if this applies to you and we can discuss this further.