Matthew Brooks

Matthew Brooks


Registered Member MBACP

Languages spoken: English

Contact information

Phone number
07865521614

Contact Matthew

Therapist - Walton-on-Thames

Walton-on-Thames KT12
07865521614
Sessions from £60.00

Features

  • Flexible hours available
  • Concessionary rates

Availability

Weekdays (Mon - Fri):  6pm – 9pm

Saturday                       :  9am to 12pm

About me and my therapy practice

Scott peck opens his book ‘The road less travelled’ with the words “Life is difficult”. Written in the 70’s these words are no less true today, perhaps even more so. Maybe something has happened recently that you are struggling with or it could be life has been difficult for some time. I am here to offer you time and space to work things out.

I am a degree qualified Integrative - relational counsellor based in Walton-on-Thames in Surrey. I describe how I work as being ‘Humanistic in practice, and psychodynamic in theory’. You may be unfamiliar with these terms, but what this means is that I offer warm, supportive, empathetic and a non-judgemental space for you to explore any thoughts, feelings and behaviours that are affecting you and that I draw upon a range of counselling and psychotherapeutic perspectives to create something that is just for you. Being a relational counsellor means that I have a focus on our relationship and use that to help you explore what’s going on. Above all else, a session is a time for you to talk about you, your life and anything that is troubling you.

Experience

Before becoming a counsellor, I had a twenty-year career in science and technology, the last decade of which was paralleled with my own long-term personal journey of change and growth. I understand that change and progress can be something that happens quite quickly but also something that develops and evolves over time. It can be frightening, painful and upsetting but also cathartic, liberating and inspiring.

Through my work within an NHS GP Surgery, and the charitable sector supporting adult carers, I have helped clients with a wide range of issues, including anxiety; bereavement, loss and grief; confidence; insomnia; stress; and relationship difficulties.

My areas of special interest include addiction and I am familiar with the 12-step recovery program.

Practice description

As a result of the current COVID-19 situation, I am currently only offering online therapy sessions via the ZOOM and VSee platforms. My practice is under regular review and I will return to offering in person, Face-to-Face sessions when this is feasible.

My first session

I know how hard it can be to make that first call to ask for help from a therapist you don’t know. I remember well my nervousness when making that first phone call – it was one of the hardest things I’ve done, yet ultimately one of the most rewarding.

I offer an initial 15-20 minute free telephone consultation in which we can discuss what brings you to seek help, how online therapy works and what you can expect from me as your counsellor. During this call, we can start to get a feel for how we might work together and whether we are a good fit, before booking an initial counselling session.

In our first session together, we will look in more depth at what brings you to counselling, discuss your goals and whether this might be best met through brief, time limited work or open-ended, long term work. If you are unclear what these might be, we can start to look at these together.

Whether we decide on short or long-term counselling, this will be regularly reviewed and is flexible to meet your needs.

What I can help with

Addictions, Anxiety, Bereavement, Depression, Health related issues, Loss, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Stress, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Brief therapy, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Phenomenological, Psychodynamic, Relational

Clients I work with

Adults, Older adults

How I deliver therapy

Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Time-limited