About me

I am a psychotherapist specializing in using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and solution focused approaches to help my clients in overcoming both present and past difficulties. My aim is to support and empower you throughout the therapeutic process and beyond.

I recognise the challenges of committing to therapy alongside a busy life with all of its stresses. As such, I aim to work flexibly with each client to meet their needs and use research-based approaches to work efficiently and effectively in the time we have.

You can expect a calm, empathic approach to therapy, combining a supportive caring environment with practical guidance and information. Whether that take the form of suggesting apps and wider reading, or practicing techniques you can use to self-soothe and manage difficulties between sessions.

By using a range of therapeutic approaches, I can help in processing past traumas, overcoming present challenges and moving towards a future with more confidence and hope.

I have worked with adults from all backgrounds in a range of settings, both short and long term. I can help in working towards your goals whether person, professional or spiritual, or even if you are unsure where your goals lie.

I am based in Rawtenstall, at the end of the M66 with easy access and free parking, and also offer both telephone and video counselling.

Training, qualifications & experience

I began supervised practice in 2010, initially as a person-centred counsellor, but am also qualified to deliver Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT).

I have worked with a large variety of clients in different settings, and continually develop my practice through CPD and other training.

I have experience managing a busy counselling service and acting as point of contact for large organisations through their Employee Assistance Program (EAP), training staff in Mental Health Awareness and providing debrief support following critical incidents.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Rather than specifying a long list of areas, I prefer to work directly with an individual regardless of the reason for seeking counselling. Please feel free to discuss your concerns with me, even if they do not fit with the types of issues listed here.


Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

£60 per 50 minute counselling session


Flexible Availability Monday-Saturday including evenings.

Please do not hesitate to make contact to discuss further.

New Hall Hey Road

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
Matthew Smith

Matthew Smith