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

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

Toad Counselling Ltd
Office 5
5 Mill Street
EX39 2JT

07480 414534

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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 and let the healing begin. 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 -

- 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


- 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


Accredited register membership

Photos & videos

  • Therapy Room 3
  • Therapy Room 2
  • Therapy Room 4
  • Therapy Room 5
  • Therapy Room 1
  • North Devon Military Veterans Mental Health & Peer Support Group
  • Where we are
  • Where we are
  • Where we are



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.

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).

Maps & Directions

Bideford, EX39 2JT

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access: No

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 10:00am to 22:00pm

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme