Matthew Tinker PGDip CAT, UKCP & ACAT Registered Psychotherapist and Supervisor
Hi my name is Matt, welcome to my profile. My approach to therapy is to provide you with a safe and confidential space where we can work together to help you understand yourself and the root of your difficulties better. The main approach I use is Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT). It’s a highly effective therapy because as well as being a practical approach, it goes deeper to help you become more aware of how your past experiences have influenced how you relate to yourself and others in the present.
If you choose to work with me, you will benefit from my experience of over 20 years of practicing and developing my skills in a variety of mental health services in the NHS and in private practice.
Research has time and again demonstrated that the most important factors that determine whether a psychological treatment will be effective are the quality of the relationship and working alliance between the therapist and client. You will find me to be empathic, warm, and supportive and because of my training and experience I am able to tailor my approach to match you and your individual requirements.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an accredited Psychotherapist, registered with both the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy (UKCP) and the Association of Cognitive Analytic Therapists (ACAT). I am also a qualified Mental Health Nurse registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
I have over 20 years experience working in a variety of mental health services within the NHS and private practice. This includes working with a range of difficulties including anxiety, depression, relationship issues, existential unhappiness, low self esteem, personality disorder, and self-harm. I have a special interest in trauma, and have trained in EMDR which is a NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) endorsed treatment for PTSD. I have also trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy which is a very gentle and body-centred approach to treating trauma.
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
I charge £75 for a 50 minute session.