Matt Thomas

Adults and Young Persons Therapist

PG Dip Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling

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Hi, I’m Matt, a BACP registered Humanistic Therapist. I am available for face to face sessions in Brighton and Hove and also work online and via telephone. Experiencing difficult feelings and struggling emotionally at times is a natural part of life. I can help with this. The problems may not go away but I can help make them feel smaller and lighter by helping you explore them at a pace you are comfortable with, in a safe, non-judgmental space. I believe everyone experiences the world uniquely and everything is valid. Issues around race, identity and discrimination are particularly important to me. I offer an initial online session at no cost to you. After that I charge a flat rate of £45 to all to keep things as affordable as possible.

AbuseADHDAdjustment DisorderAdoption IssuesAging ConcernsAlcohol Abuse and Alcohol DependenceAnger Management TherapyAnxietyAttachment TheoryAutismBereavementBody Image IssuesBurn OutCareer CounselingChild or Adolescent IssuesChronic Pain or IllnessCoachingCodependencyContemplativeCultural and Systemic OppressionCultural CongruenceDepressionDivorceDomestic AbuseDrug Dependence / Abuse / AddictionEating DisorderFamily CaregivingFamily ConflictFamily SystemsFeministGender IdentityHistorical TraumaImmigration/AcculturationInfertilityInsomniaInternet AddictionInterpersonalInterventionLGBTQ IssuesLoss or GriefMen’s IssuesNonviolent CommunicationObesityOCDPanicPanic AttacksParentingPast Life RegressionPersonal GrowthPersonality DisordersPolitical ClimatePolyamorous and Open RelationshipsPremarital CounselingRacial IdentityRelationalRelationship / Marriage IssuesSelf-EsteemSelf-HarmingSexual AddictionSexual ProblemsSocial PhobiaSpiritualitySuicidal IdeationWomen’s Issues

Using an empathic approach, I will be in your corner and see things from your perspective as far as possible. You can expect me to perhaps pick out patterns and themes that we may focus on. I also try to bring out the whole person rather than solely discuss the problems. I believe our therapeutic relationship is important - you can expect me to be warm, honest and genuine. Brining creativity into the therapy room may be helpful. I can also help you find practical solutions to help manage your life that may draw on existing strengths and resilience. I offer long term therapy that allows a general exploration of yourself. Alternatively, we may work in a short-term way with a small number of specific goals in mind.

After qualifying from the University of Brighton, I completed an Advanced Level 5 Qualification in Counselling Children and Young People. I have previously worked for a South London Counselling Agency the NHS under Wandsworth Borough and volunteered at South London Young Persons Charity (Catch 22). Having worked in London for just under 3 years, I have worked with a broad variety of different people and issues. I am particularly interested in issues related to culture, LGBTQ and identity, and how these play out in the context of life in the UK. In my work with young people I have experience of working with issues such as self-harm, suicidal thoughts, discrimination and identity, family and relationship problems, disordered eating, substance misuse, problems at school and at home, anxiety and general sadness. I also have a qualification in Understanding Substance Misuse which is an area of interest for me. I can speak French as a second language. While I wouldn't say that I could conduct a session entirely in French, if you are a native French speaker with generally good English, who struggles occasionally my skill here should be helpful.

Type of Therapy
  • Existential
  • Existential Therapy
  • Experiential
  • Holistic
  • Humanistic
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Person Centered Therapy
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy
Client Type
ChildrenIndividualsTeens
Type of Session
Fixed TermLong Term (Face to Face)Online TherapyShort Term (Face to Face)