Matthew Smith

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MBACP (Accred)
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Rossendale, Lancashire, BB4
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This professional is available for new clients.

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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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

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.


£75.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • Axa Health
  • BUPA

Additional information

£75 per 50 minute counselling session

When I work

Flexible Availability Monday-Friday including evenings.

Please do not hesitate to make contact to discuss further.

New Hall Hey Road, Rossendale, Lancashire, BB4

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme
Matthew Smith
Matthew Smith