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Matt Verguson, Therapy5

Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD1 5BD
07398 026477 07398 026477

About me

It can be really tough looking for a counsellor. Here you are at a very raw point in your life, struggling to make such an important choice with only profile pics and a few sentences to go on. It must feel so overwhelming. Stick with it, counselling can make a difference. Working together, you will find me to be robust and authentic. I will be actively engaged in our sessions, creating a warm, safe space where I can come to understand your world and the issues that bring you to counselling.

Whilst I have worked with a wide variety of issues, I focus on:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • The effects of a difficult childhood
  • Relational issues
  • Trauma

Struggling with mental health and emotional difficulties can affect us all in different in ways, withdrawing into ourselves, escaping into drugs or alcohol, if you've found your way to site like this then you're trying to do something about it. This is itself an achievement. Though finding the right counsellor can be an overwhelming process it's worth sticking with.

For me the relationship is the most important aspect of working with a counsellor,  it's where the work gets done. As we develop trust, I'll support your attempts to achieve your counselling goals and to challenge or accept yourself.

If you feel like I might be the counsellor to work with please contact me discuss any questions or concerns.

Walking Therapy

Meeting face to face hasn’t always been for everyone, the intensity of talking about difficult personal issues can be overwhelming, but Covid-19 brings even more challenges. For some, walking therapy -having a counselling session whilst walking outside- can make a big difference. Being out in natural surroundings has been shown to have great benefits for mental and emotional health. Holding therapy sessions while walking outdoors can help some people to open up and feel more comfortable talking. Walking next to each other can help some clients feel less pressured. The relationship between client and therapist can be strengthened as we literally walk alongside each other.

How Does it Work?

If you choose walking therapy we will hold an assessment session either at my office in Bradford city centre, by phone or online video where we will agree on the type of route and meeting place. We will discuss confidentiality and what we will do if we encounter other people. The following session we will meet at a point around Baildon and Saltaire and take it from there. You set the pace, there are plenty of benches and we can adapt our sessions if you don’t feel like being outside that day. This isn’t a route march!

Training, qualifications & experience

I came into counselling after working for several years with homeless people who had mental health and addiction issues, many of whom had experienced tough times growing up. I loved working with people and supporting them to change so headed back to school to get the skills to do it better. During my training, I was a counsellor in a general counselling service in Bradford and a local men's' prison.

I trained in a Relational approach to counselling and psychotherapy- I feel that often it is our relationship with others which makes us who we are, and can often be a source of great discomfort, and so it is also through our relationship with others that we heal.

The qualifications relevant to counselling I hold are:

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Interpersonal and Counselling Skills
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy

I regularly attend ongoing training. Some that I have attended:

  • Attachment and Childhood Trauma
  • Working with Survivors of Sexual Abuse
  • Relational Couples' Therapy

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Walking Therapy.

Covid Safe In Person or Face to Face

Photos & videos

Fees

Our sessions take place in my welcoming office (fully wheelchair accessible) in Little Germany in Bradford city centre. It is risk assessed with Covid-19 in mind and large enough for us to be socially distanced. They will last around an hour.

Each Session: £45

Walking Therapy

Walking Therapy sessions are available in the countryside around Baildon and Saltaire.

Each Session: £45

Online Video and Phone Appointments

Each Session: £45

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Further information

Reduced fee of £40 for trainee counsellors.

City Hub
9-11 Peckover Street
Bradford
West Yorkshire
BD1 5BD

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
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

Fully wheelchair accessible facilities.

Availability

In Person appointments in a Covid safe office.

Outdoors Walking Therapy appointments in the countryside around Baildon and Saltaire.

Telephone and Online Video Sessions.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

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Matt Verguson, Therapy5

Matt Verguson, Therapy5