• Home
  • >Matthew Spence - Devon Counsellor

About me

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.

My Story

​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.

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.

NCS

National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

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

National Counselling Society

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.

Fees

Outdoor nature walk session: £50 per hour

Telephone session: £40 per hour

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Availability

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

Cockington Village
Torquay
Devon
TQ2

The Nautilus Rooms
35A Fore Street
Totnes
TQ9 5HN

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Social

Matthew Spence - Devon Counsellor

Matthew Spence - Devon Counsellor