Hi my name is Matt; I am currently a counsellor-in-training at Leeds City College, studying for my Level 4 Diploma in Counselling which will qualify me to be a practicing therapist.
I am a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists or BACP, as a condition of membership I am committed to training, ensuring that I have regular supervision, continuing professional development and a contractual commitment to the BACP Ethical Framework.
Throughout my training I have received excellent feedback from both my tutors and peers not only on my counselling skills and technique but also my warm and welcoming manner with which I put clients at ease. I have been signed off by the college as ready to take on my own clients.
I come from a family of successful counsellors and psychiatric professionals and so have had a lifelong interest in counselling and its theories long before I decided to become a counsellor myself. In 2016 I completed my dissertation at the University of Central Lancashire on the use of Humanistic (Person Centred) Psychological Theory in the analysis of novels, which was at the time a unique study.
I currently work full time for Leeds and York Partnership Foundation NHS Trust where I have worked for over 7 years. LYPFT offers secondary care mental health support and treatment to those with severe, specialist and enduring psychological issues. In this time I have worked with service users and clients with a variety of issues, signposting and assisting both them and their families in what are often difficult times. I have worked very closely with mental health teams of differing specialities and have excellent background knowledge of these including Community Mental Health, Older Peoples Services, Leeds Autism Diagnostic Service, Learning Disabilities and Mental Health In-patients.
I have come to believe throughout my Counselling training that the key to effective therapy is in the relationship or alliance between the counsellor and the client. I believe that by offering a confidential and non-judgemental space, clients can begin to explore what they wish to change or who they hope to become. It is often a rare thing in this modern world of smart phones and social media, for people to set aside uninterrupted, dedicated time to really listen to each other, this is what counselling can offer and so much more.