Matthew Thacker BACP Registered Counsellor
Perhaps life has become overwhelming, or you want to make a fundamental change in your life but aren’t sure how to, or the unhelpful ways you relate to yourself and other people consistently gets in the way of clear communication, happiness and realising your full potential. In such situations it can be a responsible and mature choice to talk to someone professional who can support you in finding your way.
I am a psychotherapist, counsellor and supervisor working in private practice in Bristol. I have been working therapeutically with people for over twelve years in a variety of settings, including the NHS, schools and corporate and third sector settings. I have particular experience and training working with trauma, addiction, loss and bereavement, anxiety, depression and relationship and family issues.
I use different theories and approaches to support clients with different needs and work collaboratively with clients to decide on the way forward. Sometimes this involves safety and stabilisation around a personal crisis and a short-term piece of work focused on symptom relief and quick effective change.
I also work long term supporting people to make deep and lasting life changes. In a longer piece of work, we might look deeply at difficult histories and life circumstances, explore life purpose or look at how to live a life that is genuinely happy.
In much of my work I use powerful mindfulness and embodiment-based practices, which can develop into transformative, self-reflective habits that you take away with you. Whatever form the work takes I aim to hold a space where any difficulty can be shared and where real change can happen.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a BACP registered counsellor, psychotherapist and supervisor. I have completed the following qualifications:
Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, Richmond College,
Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Roehampton University
- Certifcate in Supervision, CSTD London
Year long Group Facilitation training with Jenny Mackewn and Chris Johnstone
Additionally I have completed professional trainings in working with trauma, addiction, loss and bereavement, anxiety, depression and relationship and family issues.
I have been working therapeutically with people for over twelve years in a variety of settings, including in private practice, the NHS, schools and corporate and third sector settings.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
I charge £50 per session. Concessionary places are available. All sessions are fifty minutes long.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client
Supervision & training
I completed a two year training with highly respected Centre for Supervision and Team Development,London.View supervision profile