Hi my name is Matt, I am a UKCP and ACAT accredited psychotherapist.
Life can be really tough - experiences like stress, relationship difficulties, trauma and loss can all have a big impact on the way we feel.
I aim to help my clients develop qualities such as inner-strength, self acceptance, and self-confidence. I believe that everyone has a unique potential for growth. Therapy can help you to gain greater understanding and insight. It can help you to make sense of what is happening in your life and how you really feel about it. Therapy can help you to identify unhelpful patterns and instead begin to make different choices that enhance your life.
I began working in mental health in the late 1990's when I trained and qualified as a mental health nurse. I subsequently worked for many years in the NHS where I completed my training as a psychotherapist. I was originally trained in Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) and its ethos and values continue to underpin the way that I work. I find CAT to be an insightful and practical approach that helps people get to the root of their difficulties.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have over 20 years experience working within the NHS and private practice. This includes working with a wide range of people experiencing a wide range of different issues.
Although my core training is in CAT (Cognitive Analytic Therapy) I have been trained in a number of different therapies and approaches - EFT, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, EMDR, relational psychotherapy, and 12 step philosophy all inform the way I work:
- Inter-regional ACAT Psychotherapy Training, Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy
- PG Dip Cognitive Analytic Therapy, Sheffield Hallam University
- EMDR Europe Accredited Training, EMDR Accademy
- EFT Level 1 and 2, ACEP
- Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Level I: Affect Dysregulation, Survival Defences, and Traumatic Memory, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute
- Diploma in Mental Health Nursing (Distinction), Napier University
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.
The Association of Cognitive Analytic Therapy
The Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ACAT) is a registered charity. They welcome members of the public, health professionals, ACAT accredited professionals, and anyone interested in finding out more about CAT. They list CAT practitioners.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£75.00 per session
EAP/Health Insurance Providers
I charge £75 for a 50 minute online session.
I work online during the day Wednesday-to-Friday.
I offer online appointments on Mondays and Tuesdays - both during the day and evening.