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Tony Matthews MNCS (Accred). Adults, Children & Young People, Couples, Military

Bideford, Devon, EX39 2JT
07480 414534 07480 414534 Registered / Accredited
Bideford, Devon, EX39 2JT

About me

“Because You are the One that Matters”

Whether one tangible issue has prompted you to pursue therapy or you are grappling with a series of existential questions – purpose, identity, faith, doubt – I will consistently and reliably join you to navigate uncharted territory as your healing begins. You do not have to journey alone.

I work with a wide range of concerns including, but not limited to: depression, anxiety, trauma, illness and disability, life transitions, couples, relationship and family problems and bereavement.

I work with both adults and children and have experience of working with those on the autistic spectrum. I offer therapy to men and women who currently serve in or no longer in the armed forces and emergency services, NHS, students, businessmen and women, school staff and students.

I am a RE Veteran medically discharged from service and understand the difficulties in sharing thoughts and feelings. We can look at how you manage and cope with certain feelings, how you can learn to share and express them without feeling vulnerable. I offer a space for you to express what you need to in the way you need to.

One thing people worry about the most is, ‘Will this go on any permanent record if I come for therapy around depression or anxiety’, the answer is No. Seeing a private therapist for whatever you feel you need to see one, is not recorded in any medical file or the like where you worry it may impact on yours or your child’s life choices.

Please see my website for more information, and I look forward to hearing from you.

Training, qualifications & experience

Experience, Training & Qualifications

- Volunteer Counsellor (2015 - 2019)
- Providing counselling in North Devon

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
- Counsellor & support worker (2017)
- The Historical Trauma Programme - Specialist help for survivors of childhood abuse and neglect

Open University UK
BA/BSc (hons) Open Degree - Psychology, Counselling psychology, Counselling (2013-2020)
- K314 - Approaches to Mental Health
- DD310 - Counselling and Forensic Psychology: Investigating Crime and Therapy
- E219 - Psychology of Childhood and Youth
- K260 - Death and Dying
- D240 - Counselling, exploring fear & sadness

Counselling Hub (cpcab accredited)

- Certificate of Participation
- Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling - Level 5 (PC-L5)

Dartmoor Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy

- CIC and Safe Space for Counselling (NCS Accredited)
- Specialist Training - Professional Diploma Children and Young People

High Speed Training - highspeedtraining.co.uk

- Advanced Safeguarding Children (Level 2) - Renewal 01/11/2022
- Designated Safeguarding Officer (Level 3) - Renewal 15/11/2020
- Advanced Safeguarding Adults (Level 2)
- Equality and Diversity in Health and Social Care

Petroc College (cpcab accredited)

- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling - Level 4 (TC-L4)
- Certificate in Counselling Studies - Level 3 (CST-L3)
- Certificate in Counselling Skills - Level 2 (CSK-L2)
- Award in Introduction to Counselling Skills - Level 2 (ICSK-L2

The Open University

- OpenLearn - The Autistic Spectrum: From Theory to Practice - Level 2

Couples Counselling
- Couples Counselling Toolkit
- Counselling Couples with Sexual Difficulties
- Domestic Violence & Abuse Awareness
- Using Emotional Focused Therapy
- Principles in Couple Work
- Working with Substance Misuse in Relationships
- Working with Loss, Grief & Bereavement
- Working with Gender & Sexual Diversity
- Working with Suicide Risk
- Working with Mental Issues
- Introducing Mindfulness to Couple Work
- Attachment Issues within an Intimate Relationship
- Introduction to Systemic Therapy
- Working with Infidelity

- Play Therapy Course
- Working with Narcissism Course
- Life Coaching Diploma Course
- Transactional Analysis Course
- Mindfulness Diploma Course
- Couples and Family Therapy Diploma Course
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Diploma Course
- Gestalt Therapy Diploma Course
- Addiction Therapy Diploma Course

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

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

I work specifically with clients in and around Anxiety and Depression which are directly connected to their PTSD, CPTSD, Trauma and or Historical Trauma.

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60 minute 1:1 Session £40
120 minute 1:1 session £70

Children and Young People

30 minute 1:1 session £15 (7 – 12 years old)
60 minute 1:1 session £27 (over 12 years old)
60 minute 1:1 Session £40 (over 15 years old)

Concessions are available, and I work with a sliding scale of fees which range from £27 to £40 per session depending on your circumstances and what you feel you can realistically afford so please ask. Parent / Guardian of children under the age of 15 years old are required to stay on the premises while their child is in their session.


60 minute session £55

Online Video & Telephone Counselling

The above fees are required to be payed within an hour before any online or telephone appointment. Unfortunately, if the fee is not received within the hour leading up to the appointment, the session will not go ahead, and an invoice will be emailed to the client as an unattended appointment.

Home Visits

Sessions can be arranged as home visits if clients are unable to access our 1st floor therapy room within 20 miles of Bideford. Travel charge of £25 to be added to main session fee.

Military/Veterans & Emergency Services

All Military/Veterans & Emergency services personnel are discounted 33% of the 1:1 session fees, including couples counselling via proof of ID or service discount cards please visit my website for more details.

Concessions offered for

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

Further information

You can self refer at anytime through my website (replies for self referrals may take up to 3 days to come through to me so please bare with me).

Toad Counselling Ltd
Office 5
5 Mill Street
EX39 2JT

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


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

Home Visits + £25 Sessions can be arranged as home visits if clients are unable to access our 1st floor therapy room within 20 miles of Bideford. Travel charge of £25 to be added to main session fee.


Monday - Friday     10:00am to 22:00pm

Saturday - Sunday  By appointment only

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


Tony Matthews MNCS (Accred). Adults, Children & Young People, Couples, Military

Tony Matthews MNCS (Accred). Adults, Children & Young People, Couples, Military