Carmen Matthews understands the importance of providing a caring, confidential and non-judgemental space for clients to work through their issues. Starting therapy can be daunting and Carmen deems it essential to be empathic to her clients’ needs, as every client is different. Carmen adopts an integrative approach, which means that she draws on multiple therapy models. She works with the issues that clients bring in the here and now; however, she may draw on the psychodynamic approach to help clients identify past issues that are affecting them in the present. Carmen understands that this can be challenging but believes that with genuine support it can be made easier.
With a background in recruitment and mentoring in both government and charity sectors, Carmen has over 15 years’ experience working with vulnerable young people and adults, building up self-esteem, confidence, motivation and essentially breaking down barriers to their goals such as entering higher education or obtaining sustainable employment. Carmen recognises that life isn’t easy, and people adopt different coping strategies. They can easily box and suppress their feelings and opening these boxes in a safe and contained way can help clients to make room for a healthier way of being. Carmen works with individuals who are expressing stress, depression and anxiety and has a special interest in systemic counselling. Carmen has also completed a number of self-development and accredited courses, including The Foundation for Infant Loss Training Course in Pregnancy and Infant Loss.
Carmen is a trainee integrative counsellor and is a student member of the BACP. She works within The Awareness Centre’s NHS counselling service and sees patients at a GP surgery in Lambeth. She also counsels primary aged pupils in Wandsworth. Carmen is currently working towards an advanced diploma in integrative counselling.