Matt believes in meeting clients ‘where they are’ by providing a warm, supportive and safe space where each person is listened to and understood without judgement. Sometimes we may not be quite sure what our problems are, why we feel the way we feel, or what exactly we want to change, and Matt takes an existential approach to help clients explore who they are, what matters most to them and how they can be true to themselves. This may include elements of psychodynamic therapy to help understand issues from the past, as well as CBT to help manage issues in the present.
Matt originally studied neuroscience before moving into healthcare education, where he has created learning programmes for doctors and patients. He believes that while prescribed drugs can help us cope with the symptoms of mental health difficulties, talking therapy offers a much deeper and more lasting way of tackling the real causes of distress. Experienced in managing, coaching and training individuals and teams, he is able to recognise and understand different backgrounds, experiences and motivators and how these affect people in different ways. By working existentially, Matt aims to help clients identify the competing challenges they face and find ways of achieving a more balanced and fulfilling life. This can include working through profound issues relating to spirituality and meaning, life and death, and life transitions, as well as more everyday challenges such as anxiety, loneliness and relationships.
Matt is a trainee existential psychotherapist and is currently studying for a master’s degree in psychotherapy. He is a student member of the UKCP and works in The Awareness Centre’s Low Cost Counselling Service in Clapham.