Support for Individuals, Couples & Families
Take time to explore your feelings, thoughts and new horizons.
We often carry around a lot of concerns and worries which affect the way we feel about ourselves and our lives in general. Exploring our thoughts and feelings in an space where you are free to say exactly what is on your mind can be very helpful.
You don’t have to be married or have a civil partnership to receive support with your relationship. Together, we can examine what the next step is for your relationship, regardless what stage it is at now, and find the best path for you.
Learning to be be fully present and calm when we have so many demands placed on us can be a very useful skill. Mindfulness is a proven strategy for developing emotional resilience and a sense of inner peace – valuable tools in this day and age.
Hi, I’m Matt
Counsellor and Therapist
Personal change is an arena I have had the pleasure of working in for a number of years. After leaving university, I worked for eight years as a minister of religion where the best part of the job was meeting people over a coffee and supporting them through difficult times. Though the training was informal, I learned a lot about human nature and what makes us tick. In 2006 I trained as a hypnotherapist and later became a mindfulness coach. I sometimes use these tools and other strategies to facilitate the therapeutic process. I am currently studying to become a psychotherapist using the Transactional Analysis approach which I find extremely useful. I am loving the training I get at The Berne Institute and I receive regular supervision in keeping with the highest standards of practice. As well as running my own personal practice, I run two small physiotherapy clinics that I set up with my wife, Sara.
How I can help…
Stress, Anxiety, & Depression
As a species, I believe we have simply not evolved quickly enough to handle the huge amount of information we now have to handle. Since the start of the industrial revolution, approximately 260 years ago, we have had to adapt to dramatic changes in the pace of life and the kind of work we do. Constant pressures influence our psychological state, relationships and overall wellbeing leaving us feeling depleted and overwhelmed.
There is no harder job than raising happy, well balanced children in this modern era. It tests every aspect of our character and value systems. It can be a source of worry and concern as well as enormous joy and pride. Having a place to talk about your particular concerns in a confidential and nonjudgmental setting can be a huge source of support and comfort.
Maintaining closeness and intimacy while building careers, raising a family, trying to get ahead as well as spending time with friends and enjoying life can be difficult. No other relationship affects us as much as the one with our partner, so it makes sense to get a little help when you feel the relationship is not growing in the way you had hoped.
How do I get started?
Free 15 Min Chat
Sometimes it's nice to touch base with your counsellor before your first meeting. If you would like to chat on the phone before booking an appointment, simply call, leave a message or email us and we will call you back.
Appointments are available in Cambridge and Huntingdon at various times throughout the week. Click here to make a booking and you will be directed to my physiotherapy clinic booking system. Select 'Matt Taylor' and 'counselling'.
The first appointment gives us both an opportunity to work out whether we might be able to successfully work together. It is also when we establish what it is you want from the therapy - your requirements and aims.
My approach to counselling and therapy has been influenced by my work as a religious minister, my study of the mind and human behaviour and my various roles in life, such as father and businessman.
I aim to offer a nonjudgmental and safe environment where you feel safe to speak and explore your inner world with freedom. I use the Transactional Analysis model of psychotherapy as a tool to make sense of the inner workings of our hearts and minds. It is an insightful system which helps us to work together to find alternative ways to behave and respond, ultimately opening up new and better paths toward a richer experience of life.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What kind of problems can counselling help me with?
A: Abuse, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, health issues, major life changes, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), phobias and fears, redundancy and work issues, relationship difficulties, sexuality, trauma, worry.
Q: What happens at the first appointment?
A: The first appointment involves the counsellor asking certain questions about you and your life. This information helps to make an initial assessment of your circumstances and informs the counsellor what approach might be best suited to your needs.
Q: What should I look for in a therapist?
A: Things to make sure about with any counsellor or therapist you visit are:
- that they have recognised academic qualifications
- that they adhere to a professional code of conduct
- that they have regular, ongoing supervision to ensure safe and ethical practice
- that they discuss certain issues with you up front before any commitment is made to the sessions including:
- their counselling approach
- confidentiality issues
- length of sessions
- their responsibilities to you
- your responsibility to them
Q: What does a counsellor do?
A: Listening and understanding are probably the most important things that counsellors do. They assist the clients to identify and clarify the problem areas in their own terms, helping them to decide what they want to do next and, essentially, at a pace that’s right for the client(s).
Q: What can I talk about?
A: Before your first appointment, it may be helpful to prepare by writing down your reasons for seeking help. This may make describing your feelings a little more comfortable. You can talk about anything that’s on your mind, regardless of how small or large you think your problem is. Clients sometimes find themselves saying things they had not expected to say. A good counsellor will always help you explore your circumstances, thoughts and feelings.
Q: What’s the difference between talking to a counsellor and talking to a friend?
A: Talking to friends and family can be really helpful and is often encouraged. There are disadvantages, however, to using friends and family as your only confidants and source of support.
Sometimes, they can feel a conflict of loyalty and may find it hard to keep things confidential. They may get upset by what you tell them, especially if you don’t accept their advice. They may also feel overburdened, especially if they have their own problems too.
Counsellors have formal support and a work structure which helps them to manage difficult or upsetting situations.
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