About Therapy

Nobody is handed a personalised instruction manual that teaches them how to navigate their meandering journey through life; replete with obstacles and constant change. Life can be tough, and sometimes it can feel like there is no clear path ahead.

Perhaps you are feeling like you have lost your sense of purpose, or it could simply be that you are feeling like something is missing. This could be the result of stress at work, difficulties in a relationship, the loss of someone close to you, or a past event you have not been able to move on from.  No matter what has led you here, therapy is an opportunity to talk to someone openly and confidentially in a warm, safe, and non-judgemental space. How often do you get the opportunity to sit with someone who will listen - and I mean really listen, without interrupting you or telling you things will work themselves out?

 

Some people might find the idea of starting therapy a daunting task. Try and think of it as a gym membership for the mind. We often invest in things that enhance our well-being or seek out services that we hope will make us feel happier and healthier. Therapy is an investment in you; an opportunity to get to know and understand yourself better.

 

I am a firm believer that wherever you are in life and whatever you are up against, you always have a choice. Together we can explore your current situation and start helping you figure out how to move forward, in a way that feels comfortable and meaningful to you. 

Here are some of the areas I specialise in:

 

  • LGBTQ+ Identity

  • ADHD

  • Self Worth

 

However, I offer a warm welcome to everyone.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you would like to enquire about an initial session here.

 

About Me

Matthew

'I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.'

- Maya Angelou

The relationship we build together will probably be quite different from any other you are used to.  This really is about you.  Although you don't know much about me personally, we can still connect and relate to each other in a meaningful and authentic way.  Having said that, it is important you have an understanding of how I work, what has brought me to where I am today and how this may be useful in getting you to where you want to be.

Ever since I was young, I knew I wanted to get into a career that would enable me to help people. I have had plenty of life experience, in different industries. from hospitality to the arts.  I am an Integrative Psychotherapist, having trained at the University of East London, on their Post-Graduate Programme in Counselling and Psychotherapy.  My personal belief is there is no 'one size fits all' approach.  There are many different approaches to counselling but all seek to alleviate personal suffering and facilitate personal growth: most research shows successful therapy is the result of the strength of the relationship between the therapist and client above all else.  My main focus is Person-Centred, which is a humanistic way of working, however, I draw upon other modalities as and when they feel appropriate.  We can evaluate how we are working together along the way.

I am not directional, nor am I advice-giving, but I will walk alongside you to help empower you. I do use a framework so we have some structure and can work together through three stages: 

1. Exploring your current situation.

2. Identifying your goals and gaining a deeper understanding of what you want to happen next.

3. Implementing your goals and evaluating the process.

Most importantly, I will always approach you with warmth and empathy, in a non-judgemental way. 

 

I am an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community and people living with ADHD, and embrace working with people from different cultures and from diverse backgrounds.  I also have experience working with people who work in the arts, coming from this background myself.

 

I have achieved my level 2 qualification in British Sign Language, awarded by Signature, which has afforded me some insight into the HoH / Deaf community. I would be happy to work alongside a British Sign Language Interpreter if you are deaf and would like to enquire about working this way. I also have insight into working with Children of Deaf Adults (CODAs).

I am a registered member of the BACP and adhere to their ethical framework. I am also committed to continual professional development on a regular basis, to increase my knowledge and experience, in order to better help my clients.  I also attend regular supervision.

 

I have experience and training with various organisations such as Westmeria Counselling Service and Rose Bruford College (working with adults) and Place2Be in both primary and secondary school settings (working with children).  I am currently a part-time counsellor at Childline (NSPCC).

Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you would like to enquire about an initial session here.

 

FAQ

How much will it cost?

The cost per session is £60.  I offer a limited number of concession slots each week for students in training. Please let me know if this applies to you and we can discuss this further.

What can I expect at the first session?

This will be an assessment to talk about what has brought you to therapy and what you would like from the process. Don't worry if you are not entirely sure, lots of people just have a general feeling they would like to talk to someone without being able to be more specific than this.  The space is yours and we will work at your pace. We will also discuss the contract and, most importantly, decide if we are the right fit for each other. 

Where are you based?

I am based in South East London,  At present all sessions will take place online or over the telephone rather than face-to-face. I use Zoom for video sessions and will send you a link just before the agreed session start time each week.

I am excited that online working now allows the ability to work with people globally, making it more accessible than ever.

Who do you work with?

I currently work with individuals aged 16 and above.

Will it be confidential?

I take your confidentiality very seriously, and this will be discussed with you at our first meeting.

How long will therapy last?

I offer open-ended sessions. We can continually evaluate our work together and can make a joint assessment as to whether you feel you would like to continue on an ongoing basis or work towards finishing on a fixed date.

How often will we meet?

Therapy lasts for 50 minutes and tends to work best weekly, at the same time each week. 

How do I pay for a session?

Payment is required 24 hours in advance of each session and is payable by bank transfer.

How soon can I schedule a session?

If I have availability we can start the same week of your enquiry. Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you would like to enquire about an initial session here.

 

Contact

All calls, voicemails and emails will be treated confidentially and I will do my best to get back to you as soon as possible.

            +44 7498 209 306

              matthew@anhtherapy.com

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