About me

Please note I am not currently taking on any new clients (September 2021)

Counselling is an opportunity to explore one's experience in a confidential and non-judgemental setting. Often, when life gets us down, it can be helpful to share and explore our experience.

Working together it becomes possible to understand more deeply the challenges faced and find strategies and meanings that can support new perspectives. Both the past and the present may be explored as well as hopes for the future. To this end I encourage the qualities of kindness and curiosity. These can allow us to remain open to our experience more fully, even in the face of the self-criticism that can accompany pain, stress, depression and anxiety.

Often one can become stuck in patterns of low mood and anxiety which link to the way we 'see' ourselves, our relationships and the wider world. Counselling can offer a way to begin to step beyond these habitual ways of perceiving ourselves and others. I offer a flexible and honest approach to counselling exploring the experience and implications of thoughts, emotions, feelings and behaviour with a view to developing insights, strategies and meanings.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Registered member BACP
  • Accredited Mindfulness trainer

I have worked as a counsellor for a number of years. I have worked with children and young adults at the CLD Trust in Hereford and currently, alongside private work, work at the Bracken Trust, a charity supporting people with cancer and their carers and families. I have also worked as a bereavement counsellor for Cruse and worked at a counselling agency taking referrals for local GP surgeries.

I am a qualified mindfulness trainer and run regular courses as well as teaching mindfulness to individuals and small groups.

I am often asked to combine therapeutic counselling with mindfulness as mindfulness practice can support working with difficult thoughts, emotions and sensations in new and more empowered ways. A positive side effect of mindfulness practice is that it can be deeply soothing encouraging relaxation.

Member organisations


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.


Additional information

£35 per session, one hour

Concessions available

I offer a reduced rate for the first session, please enquire for details


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Matthew Ward

Matthew Ward