Welcome! My name is Matthew Shoesmith and I appreciate you taking the time to visit my page.
I don’t know what has brought you here at this stage, but rest assured I will do all I can to help you! Do you feel alone in your struggle, weighed down by sadness or anxiety? Are you struggling to manage your emotions, or looking for more of something?
I’d like to tell you a little bit about me and how I can help.
My clients tell me I work from the heart, with a healthy balance of professionalism and being human. I pride myself on being welcoming, friendly and genuine, as both a counsellor and as a person.
I’m an integrative therapist, meaning I’m trained in a number of evidence-based therapies and work with you in tailoring the counselling to your needs as an individual. I’m humanistic and massively person-centred in my approach to counselling and to life! I believe everybody is capable of fulfilling their potential and I aim to provide you with the necessary conditions to do so! I’m looking to empower you to develop the skills and confidence needed to ignite positive change.
There’s even room for humour!
I’ve dedicated myself to helping others through the process of healing, change and development in counselling and psychotherapy for over 7 years, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
I’ve worked in a number of mental health settings with adults and young people from diverse backgrounds, and with a range of difficulties. I’ve counselled students in a further education college, managed the service itself and supported many clients via a local counselling charity, where I continue to volunteer. I am also developing training, workshops and seminars to deliver to colleagues in the counselling field. I live locally and have supported communities in West Yorkshire for many years, including people in Huddersfield, Brighouse, Halifax and surrounding areas.
I am equipped and qualified to work with, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, grief, anger management, abuse, self-harm, loneliness, stress, trauma, suicidal thoughts, relationship difficulty and identity crisis. In doing so, I work closely with the ethical framework of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I also have experience in mentoring and coaching.
I know the road ahead can look daunting to say the least, but I hope to work alongside you so you might discover a future filled with hope.
I can offer short, medium or long-term counselling on a weekly basis for both adults and young people. The support is collaborative as we explore and process your world together, but I facilitate change at YOUR pace.
Of course, there’s no obligation. I think it’s important you’re given the opportunity to decide whether or not I’m the counsellor for you! I like to offer my clients a free 20-minute chat over the phone, online or in person, to help you make that decision.
Training, qualifications & experience
- First Class BSc (Hons) in Counselling Studies
- Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling
- Reg. MBACP 384243
- Suicide Awareness
- Safeguarding for Adults and Children
- Working with Complex Trauma
- Ethics and Diversity in a Changing World
- Gendered Intelligence
- Gambling Addiction
- Transition Mentoring
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
£45.00 per session
Concessions offered for
£40.00 telephone sessions
All sessions are 50 mins
Saturday slots available but would incur extra cost.
Please check your junk mail if waiting for a response.
“To anybody keeping things bottled up, I just want to let you know that you’re not alone, pick up the phone, don’t suffer on your own.”
Krept & Konan
If you’d like to organise a chat over the phone for now, be sure to reach out and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
Counselling with M Shoesmith