Mr Tony Matthews

Member Status: Accredited

Member No: NCS18-06974

Location: Bideford

Key Worker Counselling

“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 & Experience
    Intagr8
    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

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    Open University UK
    Psychology · Counselling psychology · Counselling - BA (hons) Open Degree (2013-2020)

    Courses Taken:
    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

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    Counselling Hub (cpcab accredited) Certificate of Participation

    Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling - Level 5 (PC-L5)

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    Dartmoor Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy CIC
    and Safe Space for Counselling (NCS Accredited)

    Specialist Training - Professional Diploma Children and Young People

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    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

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    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)

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    OpenLearn - The Autistic Spectrum: From Theory to Practice - Level 2

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    CPD
    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
    • Abortion
    • Abuse – Emotional, Physical, Sexual
    • Addiction (e.g. Alcohol, Computer games, Drugs, Food, Gambling, Sex, Smoking)
    • Adolescence
    • Ageing and related issues
    • Anger Management
    • Anxiety
    • Assertiveness / Self-confidence / Self-esteem
    • Autism & Aspergers Syndrome
    • Bereavement / Loss
    • Bullying
    • Carers
    • Children / teenagers
    • Chronic fatigue syndrome / M.E.
    • Cultural issues
    • Depression
    • Disability
    • Divorce & Separation
    • Driving tests
    • Emotional issues
    • Exams
    • Family
    • Gender identity
    • Generally unhappy with your life
    • Illness and dying
    • Mindfulness
    • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
    • Panic attacks
    • Parenting skills
    • Phobias
    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder / PTSD
    • Pregnancy related issues
    • Relationships
    • Relaxation
    • Self-esteem
    • Self-harm
    • Sexuality Identity
    • Shyness / Social Phobia
    • Stress
    • Suicidal feelings
    • Trauma
    • Violence / Victim support
    • Young people and children
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