Mr Tony Matthews
Member Status: Accredited
Member No: NCS18-06974
“Because You are the One that Matters”
Sometimes, it can be hard to know how to cope with everything and reaching out for help can take a great deal of courage.
Whether one tangible issue has prompted you to pursue therapy or you are grappling with a series of existential questions – purpose, identity, faith, doubt –I will consistently and reliably join you to navigate uncharted territory as your healing begins.
I practice understanding, compassion, and warmth and aim to provide thoughtful guidance and insight, while empowering you to take meaningful steps towards greater self-worth, present-mindedness, healthier and deeper relationships, resiliency to navigate change, and conscious living so you can grow and flourish during and beyond therapy.
Do you feel overwhelmed, stressed, anxious, depressed, hopeless, lonely, confused, scared or even frustrated? Sometimes we feel like we’re stuck or are moving backwards when we want to go forwards.
I am a RE Veteran medically discharged from service and understand the difficulties in sharing thoughts and feelings. We can look at how you manage and cope with certain feelings, how you can learn to share and express them without feeling vulnerable. I offer a space for you to express what you need to in the way you need to.
One thing people worry about the most is, ‘Will this go on any permanent record if I come for therapy around depression, anxiety or other issues?’, the answer is No. Seeing a private therapist for whatever you feel you need to see one is not recorded in any medical file or the like where you worry it may impact on yours or your child’s life choices.
I work with both adults and children and have experience of working with those on the autistic spectrum.
If you are fed up with the way that you feel, see things and want something different for yourself? You don't have to face life's difficulties alone, get in touch, have a chat to see what we do and or how we can help you.
"You Do Not Have To Journey Alone"
Concessions are available, for further information you can find Toad Counselling on Facebook, or you can self-refer via the website
- Qualifications & ExperienceIntagr8
Volunteer Lead Psychotherapist (2015 - 2019)
Providing counselling in North Devon
Counsellor & support worker - Devon Partnership NHS Trust (2017)
The Historical Trauma Programme
Specialist help for survivors of childhood abuse and neglect
Open University UK
Psychology · Counselling psychology · Counselling - BA (hons) Open Degree (2013-2020)
K314 - Approaches to Mental Health
DD310 - Counselling and Forensic Psychology: Investigating Crime and Therapy
E219 - Psychology of Childhood and Youth
K260 - Death and Dying
D240 - Counselling, exploring fear & sadness
Counselling Hub (cpcab accredited) Certificate of Participation
Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling - Level 5 (PC-L5)
Dartmoor Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy CIC
and Safe Space for Counselling (NCS Accredited)
Specialist Training - Professional Diploma Children and Young People
High Speed Training - highspeedtraining.co.uk
Advanced Safeguarding Children (Level 2) - Renewal 01/11/2022
Designated Safeguarding Officer (Level 3) - Renewal 26/11/2022
Advanced Safeguarding Adults (Level 2)
Equality and Diversity in Health and Social Care
Petroc College (cpcab accredited)
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling - Level 4 (TC-L4)
Certificate in Counselling Studies - Level 3 (CST-L3)
Certificate in Counselling Skills - Level 2 (CSK-L2)
Award in Introduction to Counselling Skills - Level 2 (ICSK-L2)
OpenLearn - The Autistic Spectrum: From Theory to Practice - Level 2
Working with Narcissism Course
Life Coaching Diploma Course
Transactional Analysis Course
Mindfulness Diploma Course
Couples and Family Therapy Diploma Course
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Diploma Course
Gestalt Therapy Diploma Course
Addiction Therapy Diploma Course
Couples Counselling Toolkit + 12 Part add on Modules
Play Therapy Course
Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Toolkit
- What I can help with
- Abuse – Emotional, Physical, Sexual
- Addiction (e.g. Alcohol, Computer games, Drugs, Food, Gambling, Sex, Smoking)
- Ageing and related issues
- Anger Management
- Assertiveness / Self-confidence / Self-esteem
- Autism & Aspergers Syndrome
- Bereavement / Loss
- Children / teenagers
- Chronic fatigue syndrome / M.E.
- Cultural issues
- Divorce & Separation
- Driving tests
- Emotional issues
- Gender identity
- Generally unhappy with your life
- Illness and dying
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Parenting skills
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder / PTSD
- Pregnancy related issues
- Sexuality Identity
- Shyness / Social Phobia
- Suicidal feelings
- Violence / Victim support
- Young people and children
- Languages Spoken