Matthew Spence - Devon Counsellor
Welcome to my profile - firstly, a few basics: I am currently working face-to-face and can offer sessions indoors or out; I also work nationally, over the phone. Informed by my background in Zen meditation, I hold counselling space that is clear, simple and relaxed, the intention being to create an environment where you feel comfortable and safe to discuss whatever comes up. I will listen to you with compassion and, when needed, will share solution-focused guidence.
What to expect from our sessions
As a counsellor I offer the opportunity to rediscover yourself, to help you view your challenges from a fresh angle; one that may be both difficult and at the same time, totally liberating. Put simply, as a therapist I don't offer complex psychological techniques or analysis and I dont claim to have all the answers! But what I do share is a grounded, peaceful space for you to discover places of inner sanctuary, calm and acceptance that have the potential to help you feel better. With curiosity and courage we will access fresh perspectives, shining new clarity on old fears.
I know how much bravery it can take to reach out. For many people though, the decision to find help marks a strong moment in life, putting out the signal that they are ready for positive change. So well done for making it this far! I look forward to working with you.
For many years my own personal development has revolved around time spent in nature and under the guidance of experienced meditation teachers, with countless moments of growth and transformation happening on walks, around the fire or in the silence of inner reflection.
Prior to qualifying as an NCS accredited counsellor, I worked as Creative Writing Therapist, offering group workshops on ‘Writing for Mindfulness.’ In this work I learned the importance of physical movement during the healing journey, and would often hear from clients how powerful a simple walk in the woods had been for them, creating open, non-judgemental space for reflection.
In my work now as a counselling practitioner, I take much inspiration from nature, aiming to hold a rooted, nurturing environment for new insights and growth.
Training, qualifications & experience
Level Four Diploma in Integrative Counselling. Heartwood School of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Ma Creative Writing. University of East Anglia.
Registered / Accredited
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National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
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In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Outdoor nature walk session: £50 per hour
Telephone session: £40 per hour
Concessions offered for
Counselling indoors or outdoor walk sessions available on Tues, Wed, Fri between 10 and 5.
Telephone sessions available on Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun between 10 and 7