Matt Dunlop provides a therapeutic environment which is open and compassionate. He works in a Gestalt way which means that he pays attention to meeting clients where they are in this context of their lives. This doesn’t discount the past nor ignore the future, but provides a sense of groundedness to work together with clarity on existing problems that are experienced in the present. Thus can lead to a radical self acceptance that promotes a greater sense of awareness, responsibility and choice. Matt believes that in being an aware and attuned witness, he will help clients to be met with their difficulties in a loving and healing space.
Matt has worked in a variety of diverse roles which includes working in the civil service and as a gardener. One thing he found as a common theme in the myriad of experiences was understanding how people could suffer so much more without a significant other to communicate with. Indeed, Matt’s own healing began to take place when he started his own therapeutic journey. Matt passionately believes in the quiet power of gestalt psychotherapy which is a spiritual path as much as it is a treatment. Matt has also practised meditation for over twenty years, which greatly influences his work with clients and how they manage their difficulties.
Matt is in the third year of a five year MSc in gestalt psychotherapy. He gained clinical experience working mainly with anxiety, depression, bereavement and relationship breakdowns. He has also worked with existential dilemmas such as loneliness, ageing and the loss of connection often experienced by clients in a highly technological society.
Matt works with The Awareness Centre’s NHS counselling service in Wandsworth.