Matthew Nolan

Matthew Nolan

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Therapist - Altrincham

Altrincham WA15
Sessions from £60.00


  • Flexible hours available


Now open for business and taking on new clients at my own dedicated therapy rooms in the centre of Timperley village. I'd love to give you the tour and make you comfortable.

About me and my therapy practice

So who am I?

I'm qualified and experienced as a certified psychotherapeutic counsellor trained to work both with children/young people AND adults.  This unusual combination of the two specialities means I can work creatively and, in a way that focuses on helping my clients, whatever their ages, help them feel safe.

​I've now worked with children in primary schools, secondary schools, children's charities & residential children's homes and with adults through an NHS GP practice. My youngest client has been 5 years old and my oldest was 82. I'm also a Dad which is an important part of who I am and how I've experienced life.

​I'm constantly working to help us all understand why our brains and bodies work as they do and what we can do to live more comfortable and satisfying lives.  I'm trauma focused which means that I look for what, in our behaviours, is linked to past experiences - none of us are broken, we're all just trying our best to deal with life, but sometimes, unconsciously, using tools that don't help us anymore.

​You may also have noticed that I'm male - not a common thing amongst therapists but useful in challenging past negative experiences of masculinity. I've learnt to be a man who is comfortable being kind, nurturing, vulnerable but still strong, especially with feeling my own emotions because sometimes 'feeling' can be really scary for us all.

So much trauma starts with men but I'd like to think that some of us can help heal too.

Practice description

Trauma can look very different for different people.

Sometimes its an obvious event like a car crash or an act of violence but sometimes we suffer from events we don't even recognise as trauma. Often our trauma comes from childhood but sometimes we come from the most loving of families in which, for some reason, our parents weren't able to give us what we needed when we were children.

Maybe they were stressed or anxious or stuck in dealing with their own trauma? Maybe they had physical health issues? Maybe they were focused on other things or didn't know how to give their children what they needed because they hadn't received it themselves? Or maybe they had addictions or mental health problems that incapacitated them?

Often the impacts of this can last way into adulthood and we need to explore past events with kindness  kindness for ourselves but also, maybe, with kindness in understanding our parents too.

I've worked in settings where I've helped some of the most dysregulated people but I can also help those of us who don't always recognise our dysregulation but know that somethings not quite right, that we aren't living the lives we want or having the relationships we deserve.

​Often people are unsure whether they need support from a counsellor, a therapist or a psychotherapist. I'm qualified and experienced enough to describe myself as either of these and will happily discuss my qualifications and modalities for those of you who would like to hear about them, but ultimately, and most importantly, the only person that will work for you is the one that makes you feel safe, secure, heard and validated.... and who you feel is strong enough to walk with you on your therapeutic journey and give you the support you need.

Feel free to get in touch to get a feel for whether you think I'm the person to do that for you.

My first session

I'm what you call an 'Integrative' therapist. This means I have expertise in a whole range of psychotherapeutic models and techniques.  But they are just tools that I can offer you if I feel they might be useful and appropriate. More important is maybe that I'm also a 'relational' therapist which means I see our relationship as the most important part of your therapeutic process.

This means that together we will work out and decide what suits you best -  what is right and comfortable for you.

​I have a Master's degree in Psychology and Diplomas in both Adult and Child Psychotherapeutic Counselling alongside a bunch of other qualifications. One of my core modalities is Transactional Analysis (TA) which uses a model of Parent, Adult and Child to understand how we interact with ourselves and others. But we use the models or we don't - its your journey and you get to decide what we use, with my help if you want it.

​If you are one of us that experiences some form of neurodiversity hopefully you'll recognise the importance of this personalised approach I'm trying to describe - we all need different things according to our specific needs.

Hopefully we can work together to understand what your needs are and how they can be better met, both in the therapy room and in the wider world. 

To start the process I suggest we have a quick telephone chat and then, if it feels right, you come to meet me in my safe, comfortable therapy rooms for a free introductory session. You need to see if you think you can feel safe with our relationship for us then to together work on making the changes you want.

What I can help with

Abuse, ADD / ADHD, Anxiety, Autism spectrum, Bereavement, Cancer, Child related issues, Depression, Identity issues, Loss, Men's issues, Mood disorder, Neurodiversity, Post-traumatic stress, Relationships, Self esteem, Service veterans, Stress, Trauma

Types of therapy

Integrative, Person centred, Play therapy, Psychoanalytic, Psychodynamic, Relational, Transactional analysis

Clients I work with

Adults, Children, Older adults, Young people

How I deliver therapy

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