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Paul Matthew - Counsellor

Dundee, Angus, DD5
07422881678 07422881678

About me

About Me

I offer Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy, working with you to provide a therapeutic experience that suits what you need.

I can offer short term counselling or longer term psychotherapy, with sessions once a week or once a fortnight.

I offer online and telephone counselling to anyone in the UK and face to face counselling in the Dundee area (Please note, in person, face to face counselling is currently suspended due to the pandemic).

A Step by step guide to starting counselling

  • Contact me via phone/ email or the form on my website.
  • I'll get back within 24hrs and can usually book your FREE initial appointment within 7 days.
  • I'll also ask you how you would like to receive counselling, be it online using Zoom or Skype, Telephone or face to face. I try to be as flexible as I can be to fit counselling around your life.
  • During your initial appointment we'll discuss:
    • How frequent you'd like your appointments to be.
    • How Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy works.
    • The counselling contract and boundaries.
    • Your expectations and goals for therapy.
    • There will always be opportunity for you to ask questions, there's no such thing as too many questions in counselling.
    • Please note: Your first appointment is an assessment and not a counselling appointment, please see crisis guidelines below if you are in Crisis.
  • I have current availability so can guarantee regular sessions to suit what you need (Usually weekly or fortnightly).
  • I offer a safe, confidential space to discuss whatever you wish to bring to counselling.

Crisis statement

I do not offer a crisis service. If you feel you urgently need help please see the below NHS link, call NHS 24 on 111 or the Samaritans on 116 123.

https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/mental-health-services/where-to-get-urgent-help-for-mental-health/

While I try to offer an appointment within 7 days, the initial appointment is more of an assessment appointment and counselling may take a few weeks to properly begin. While I will support you within your appointment times, I am only available during the opening times for Harmony.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications

  • MSc Counselling
  • Post Graduate Certificate Counselling Skills
  • Training in online and telephone therapy

Experience

Anxiety and Depression

Sometimes the world can get on top of us and anxiety can feel like a weight on our chest that won't go away. I understand anxiety and have worked with it for several years.

I can provide counselling and coping mechanisms to help you cope with anxiety and depression as well as get to the root of some of the feelings that are causing anxiety and depression.

Cancer and Long term illness

As someone who has personally fought cancer, I know how unforgiving it is and how lonely a battle it can be. I have also worked with long term illness in therapy. I provide a confidential, understanding space to work through your emotions and find the support you need.

Bereavement

When we lose a loved one, we can feel lost and moving on can feel impossible. I provide a space to work through your emotions and understand your place in the world.

University Students and Teenagers

I have worked with University Students and teenagers for over 5 years and have a good deal of experience supporting them. I know the unique problems and situations that you face as a student.

Work Related Stress and Redundancy

Work environments can be difficult, working relationships can bring us stress. I have experience working with redundancy, work related stress, and all other presenting problems related to the workplace.

Relationship problems and divorce

The end of a relationship can be just like a bereavement. It can be hard to move on when you are so used to being with someone all the time. Or perhaps you're in a relationship you want to talk to someone confidentially about. Whatever the reason, I'm here to help you through what can be a difficult time.

Working With Anger and any other presenting issue.

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

The selected areas are where I have the most experience, however, I am trained to work with most presenting issues.

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Fees

First Session

FREE - Your first session will be free. It is important that you trust your therapist is a good fit and that we can go over how therapy will work and the frequency of your sessions.

Subsequent Sessions

£45

Concession

I offer concession rates to those who are experiencing financial difficulties.

Trainee counsellors, students, and Keyworkers receive a 20% Discount.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Dundee
Angus
DD5

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 Unspecified

Availability

I have some weekday and evening appointments available. I can usually find a time to suit you.

I usually respond the same day, usually within a few hours.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

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Paul Matthew - Counsellor

Paul Matthew - Counsellor