Matt’s initial counsellor training was Integrative (this modality combines Psychodynamic, Person-centred, TA, Gestalt and CBT approaches) and he has also undertaken some further psychotherapeutic training in body psychotherapy. He has also practised in an addictions setting and a bereavement service. He currently works in a general counselling service, teaches on several counselling training courses and also works in private practice (situated in Herne Hill, near Camberwell, Brixton and East Dulwich) seeing individuals and couples in therapy and for supervision.
He believes human beings are essentially relational and the exploration of relationships in a person’s life is the focus of the work he does. The most important thing is the development of a therapeutic relationship that aids the client to develop, heal and grow.
Before retraining as a counsellor and psychotherapist Matt taught and managed training programmes at an FE college for three years. In this time he lectured, held seminars and classes, managed staff and designed the curriculum. He was also involved in all aspects of assignments, marking and moderation and closely involved in ensuring quality by implementing improvements from staff and student feedback. He continues to be fascinated by what constitutes the ‘active ingredients’ in therapy and now particularly in how these might be taught in a training school context.