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About me

Hi my name is Matthew. The chances are that you have found your way here because you have realised that you need support or would like to work through certain problems and anxieties. My experiences have allowed me the opportunity to help people through issues such as Depression, Anxiety, Bereavement, Panic attacks, Anger and loneliness to name a few. As a counsellor I have spent the last two years offering counselling support to young people in a secondary school and allowing them to work through their issues in a creative and helpful way to them.

My counselling utilises a variety of approaches, I use what is called an integrative approach, but primarily use a person-centred approach, aiding you to find the best ways to solve your problems and empowering you to do so. Each person is unique and I believe that counselling should be unique and tailored to a person specifically.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Counselling and Psychotherapy MSc
  • Solution Focussed Brief Therapy
  • Online Counselling: A Corona Virus Primer
  • CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Working with Lesbian and Gay Clients
  • Sexualised Behaviour in Young People
  • Safeguarding (Young People)
  • Safeguarding (Adults)
  • Understanding Autism, Asperger's and ADHD
  • Working with SEND
  • GDPR in Counselling
  • The Changing Landscape of College and School Based Counselling

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

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

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

From £40.00 to £50.00
Free initial online session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • BUPA
  • AXA PPP
  • Health Assured
  • Aviva
  • Saga
  • Vitality
  • WPA

Additional information

My session rate is currently £40 for online sessions and £50 for Face to Face.

When I work

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I am currently able to offer session during all week day evenings, day session on Wednesday and Thursday and Saturday Mornings.

Birmingham, B2

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme