Matthew HartGestalt psychotherapist
I specialise in assisting adults who are experiencing anxiety, depression and anger. These issues commonly show themselves through difficulties in relationships within family, social situations or work, and there is often a feeling of being caught in a web of emotions and behaviours that is intractable.
My training and background allows me to help you untangle the strands of what is going on and steadily regain a sense of yourself as a whole and healthy human being.
When you enter my practice room you are entering a space that is confidential and non judgemental. This allows you to relax, to be yourself and explore the issues that are causing distress. Unlike in many other areas of life, the therapist is not an 'expert'. In the therapeutic process you are the only expert on you. The skill of the therapist lies not in fixing your problems but in journeying with you in your own discovery, helping you to see what is there and perhaps has been there all along.
I believe it helps if the therapist has some experience of what it is like to experience mental distress, and I have had my own struggle and journey with this - particularly with depression as a young man.
Ultimately it is you who will make the changes within. Once you have seen the patterns, there is no going back. The solutions tend to offer themselves, and the rest is up to you. With the clarity that comes from this process you can once again cope with stress, enjoy home and work relationships, and feel a renewed sense of yourself and purpose in life.
Issues often worked with
My standard fee is £50 per session. Some bursary places are available. Sessions last 50 minutes.
Training and qualifications
Qualifications and memberships:
Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy with the Welsh Psychotherapy Institute
UKCP regstered full clinical psychotherapist
Accredited Psychotherapeutic Counsellor with the National Counselling Society – MNCS(Accred)
I have been in private practice since 2014 and am offering one to one sessions in Exeter and Crediton. I am working face to face and online during the pandemic.
I have been a boy’s mentoring group leader and have been involved in men’s groups over many years, giving me insights into men’s issues, particularly around power, self worth and sexuality. For over 20 years I have studied and practiced in spiritual traditions including Tantra and Advaita(Non-Duality), which have given me a perspective on the whole human being that includes our essence as pure consciousness.