Quote: Max Planck – originator of Quantum Theory
If you want to make some change in your life – whether it be recovery from traumatic events in the past, or maybe you just want more freedom and joy in your life, then I admire your courage for reaching out. When life is at its toughest it can be strangely difficult to ask for help.
Maybe it seems like you’re spending your whole time arguing with yourself, or going round in circles – like a stuck car with skidding wheels. Sometimes we need to find a caring, non-judgmental ‘other’ who can meet us where we are – not where they think we should be. Through this kind of relationship I believe we can start to relax, slow things down, and begin to reflect on what is really going on. The spinning wheels can slow down and we find we can get a grip on the road again with perhaps a renewed sense of clarity and direction.
Here are some issues people have brought to me:
Developmental and other trauma
Bereavement and struggling to adjust to major life events
Depression, low mood and low self esteem
Relationship difficulties or Isolation
I also want to support you to take the next step. I work in Exeter on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at The Haven Centre in Gandy st (EX4 3LS). I work in Crediton on Thursdays from a practice room very close to the railway station (EX17 3DD). We can set up an initial meeting with a view to working together to make the change that you want.
In this meeting we can discuss your needs and see if I am the right kind of therapist that you need, and whether you have the necessary time and energy to give to the process. I won’t pretend that it isn’t tough or demanding work. I believe that it is both these things, but I also believe deeply that it can be worth the effort many times over.
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I feel lucky to be doing this work. I love to be with others in an authentic way; to listen, support and nurture the self-compassion that I believe is at the heart of emotional and psychological healing.
My primary approach is called Gestalt Psychotherapy – which is a very wholistic approach, aimed at meeting you here and now, as you are, in all your needs, colours and aspects. I also draw on many other approaches and from my own varied life experience. Read more on the How I Work page.
I am an accredited member of the National Counselling Society. Click the video for more details:
For more on my qualifications, and other FAQ’s visit the Getting Started page.
I add here some words of previous clients of mine or coleagues who have worked with me. It is not possible to give a balanced and unbiased series of reviews because I do not wish to ask all my clients to give that kind of feedback. There are a number of reasons why I feel this way but the primary reason is that I believe it would put them under pressure and put them in quite a difficult position (‘How much to say?’; ‘Can I tell the whole truth?’; ‘What if I want to return to therapy in future?’ etc). I don’t see that any of this is part of the therapeutic contract and therefore an unnecessary burden that I will not ask my clients to bear.
However some clients and colleagues have offered positive feedback and I felt it would be reassuring to include some of it here to at least give a sense of what is possible in the therapeutic relationship.
A Highly Recommended Counsellor
“My time with Matthew has always been extremely valuable. I always have a sense that he cares deeply about whatever I bring to the table. I always leave feeling that I have been thoroughly listened to and understood. And at times his gentle challenges and questions have opened up very useful avenues of self enquiry for me.
He has always been professional, reliable and helpful.
I would highly recommend some time with Matthew.”
“For my whole life I have struggled with anxiety and not being able to manage my emotions – particularly getting angry. I decided to seek help, and I’m so glad I found Matthew. I found him very easy to communicate with, and he made me feel at ease and able to be open and not judged.
He helped me understand my feelings and rationalise them through enabling me to understand the sources of those feelings. This made an enormous difference to me, because through understanding them I am able to better manage them. This also made me feel validated and not to blame.
I came to Matthew somewhat confused but open to learn about my feelings, and he helped me understand and manage these feelings in a way that has made a positive lasting difference on my life. I really recommend Matthew because he is easy to talk to and very caring and eager to help.”