Richard Matthews, FdSc. Dip Counselling (MBACP)
A warm, friendly, open and caring therapist, offering confidential and supportive counselling in the Cheltenham area. I have a wealth of experience with addiction, anxiety, depression, trauma and mental health. Trained in a range of humanistic/ integrative approaches.
What to expect
An initial session where we can meet and get a feel for each other and our potential for working together. I can hear what has bought you to seek help, what you would like to get out of therapy, asses what your needs are and give you the opportunity to ask me any questions about myself and how I work, or how I see the therapeutic process.
This initial session will last approximately 50 minutes. If at this initial session we decide that we want to continue to work together we will come to an agreement about how many weekly 50 minutes sessions you require,(A range of between 6 and open-ended is usual,this agreement can be revised subject to changing needs) and choose a suitable mutually convenient time to meet each week.
As in my experience each persons therapy is unique. Being trained in a range of humanistic and integrative counselling techniques, ways of working with individual clients tend to suggest themselves from this broad base within the 1st few sessions. I am guided by fundamental principles in all my work. These include a belief that we all have our own answers to our own problems within us, yet may need help to sort through confusion, doubt and difficult emotions in order to find those answers. I believe in helping my clients to do this by creating a safe space, listening deeply without judgement to their experience, I use a range of techniques to help Clients understand themselves and access their own deep inner wisdom. These techniques include psycho-education, mindfulness and other techniques associated with different models of therapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
FDSc. in Humanistic Counselling (Bath Spa)
Diploma therapuetic Counselling (CPCAB)
Diploma Psychotheraputic Counselling (CPCAB)
- I am a Lecturer in counselling at Wiltshire College teaching Level 4 Diploma in theraputic counselling
- I Have worked with addictions and those affected by addiction at Swindon Options for Life & Recovery' (Solar).
- I have experience working with a diverse client base in Private Practice .
- As a member of B.A.C.P. my work is in accordance with their ethical framework.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£50.00 per session
I charge £50.00 for a 50 minute session.
Concessionary rates can be negotiated.
I am available in Cheltenham on Tuesdays and Stroud on Thursdays.