Matthew Wheadon - MBACP, MBPsS - Existential Counselling
Life is rarely entirely straightforward and having an opportunity to explore and reappraise difficulties in a therapeutic setting can lead to new perspectives and new ways of approaching our relationship to ourselves, the people in our lives, our histories and our possible futures.
As an integrative and existential counsellor I draw on many psychotherapeutic and psychological perspectives to help my clients better understand their situation.
My way of working is principally relational and client-centred, that is to say that I that I feel that the most relevant solutions are created together in an effective therapeutic relationship and that I have a firm belief in people's ability to identify what distresses them, how they wish to work and what they wish to work towards.
I work from a quiet and discreet office on Queen Square in Bristol's centre but also online. Please feel free to contact me by email or phone if you would like to organise an introductory meeting to discuss your situation.
As a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and graduate member of the British Psychological Society I adhere to their ethical and practical guidelines, keep up-to-date with new research and practice, undergo regular continued professional development and attend regular supervision. I am also a member of the Universities Counselling and Psychotherapies Association and a trainee member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
I originally trained and qualified in Integrative Counselling (Adv Dip) and am a registered member of the BACP. I have since completed a postgraduate qualification in Psychology (Grad Dip) and more recently qualified as an Open Dialogue network (family) therapist and work as such under clinical licence in the NHS.
I am presently undergoing further professional studies in existential psychotherapy as well as a doctorate in counselling psychology, as such I am a trainee Psychotherapist (MUPCA, UKCP) and trainee Counselling Psychologist (MBPsS).
I have delivered counselling in several NHS settings including a depression and anxiety service, a specialist gender identity service, a psychological therapy service and in an Open Dialogue network therapy team, providing both short-term and long-term therapy. The types of difficulties I have worked with have been wide-ranging and have included depression, anxiety, complex phobias, childhood sexual abuse, domestic violence, complex bereavement, sexuality and gender, substance misuse and recovery, self-harm, psychosis and eating disorders.
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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Sessions are 50 minutes and cost £50.
I also offer a limited number of concession, student and low-income spaces, please contact me if you feel this applies.
Concessions offered for
I am currently seeing counselling clients on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (working hours from 8am) at the Queen Square Practice Rooms or online.