Counselling Services Explained
There are many different types of counselling. Matthew Sweet offers a selection of counselling services suited to your needs. Find out more about the types of counselling here.
Counselling provides a space either face to face, or online where I will invite you to be curious about the unsaid, and maybe even unknown factors which have caused you to seek counselling to help with difficulties and anguish. I am less concerned about the right and wrong of what it is you are going through, but more about the reality you are witnessing. Counselling allows you to start exploring a different way of being.
There is a wealth of evidence that proves working together in a bespoke integrative counselling relationship is extremely effective. I provide three core types of counselling: psychodynamic, CBT and humanistic approaches. I believe that by using techniques which are evidence-based we will be in the best position to explore your needs and to improve and understand your own mental health.
You may be someone who struggles to verbalise what you are feeling and what emotions you are experiencing. You may have doubts about the path you are on, be this a career or relationship choice. There may be difficulties from your past that you feel are still affecting you in the present. These are all concerns and topics which are often brought to counselling.
I use compassion therapy in many aspects of mental health counselling. I do not believe that there is a ‘one size fits all’ model within therapy. When we are working together, our aim is to find the truest version of you during each session. You may feel and experience things differently week by week. I will encourage you to try and be kind to yourself as we work through your experience of each session, through exercises and talk therapy.
The more you are kind, compassionate and forgiving to yourself the greater the chance we have to alter unhealthy behaviours and emotions.
Mental Health Counselling
In an introductory session, you will be asked to think about the subjects and issues that you would like to bring to your counselling. If we agree that we can work together I will invite you to attend a regular session. Your regular session will be on a day that suits your schedule and is convenient for us both. I have found that changing session time is not conducive in creating a healthy therapeutic relationship. Commitment to attending your therapy sessions is key to the success of your counselling.
Each week you are invited to bring anything that has presented between sessions. There could be regular themes, or you may want to talk about a thing, place, activity or person who features in the change you’d like to make. You may choose to talk in more depth about something that we discussed the previous week. Or chose topics that we start a session with and you are in control of what we discuss and to what depth. Working with me as a qualified and accredited professional, you may find yourself revisiting many themes, but each time, the line of enquiry will be different.
Once we have established a strong, safe therapeutic relationship we can explore your mental health and the many different aspects of your life. I may suggest exercises or ask specific questions, invite you to fill in worksheets, or I could explain the science behind your mind, body and spiritual connection.
Mental Health Specialist
Mental health is an area of this profession which is close to my heart. My previous career and other roles that I prided myself on were overwhelming and when I realised this I struggled to ask for help.
Since then I have studied and taken time to reflect, which has allowed me to create a professional space where I can assist you. I worked with a local charity to gain further experience in psychoeducation, working with addiction, anxiety, depression and individual relationships.
I received a First-class Honours Degree from the University of Worcester and this combined with my personal and professional experience has allowed me to create Sweet Mental Health and provide high-quality counselling. Find out more about me here.
Both professionally and personally – we rarely ask ourselves, “how are you today?” Often we don’t ask because we fear the response, “I’m actually hurting, and need to take some time for me rather than struggling on!” If this sounds like the sort of answer you would give, please reach out for help.
Bespoke Counselling Package
50-minute Integrative Counselling sessions (weekly or fortnightly).
Online, telephone or face to face appointments in Gandy Street, Exeter.
Only £49 per session
Help with Depression
Individual Relationship Counselling
“Through the mindfulness practice with Matt, complemented with Yoga the transformation I feel in me is just outstanding. Having readjusted my approach to me and my life as a whole, I can honestly confess to loving the ‘new’ me. Being calmer, patient, receptive and therefore realising that I achieve so much more from my day to day living is possibly the most valuable tool we can give ourself”
Kerry Godley-McAvoy, Event & Account Management, Team Army Sports Foundation
“You will not find a more professional individual than this man. Incredible listener and responder. Thoroughly trained with an immense calmness and inviting warm personality. You will meet humanity personified head on! You will feel elated when you receive help and a listening ear. Recommend thoroughly.”
Rasvinder Virdee, Torquay Photo Centre
“Matthew is kind, non judgemental and holds a level of wisdom and observance not often seen in the field of therapy. He will give you the tools you need to change your life, you just need to take the leap of faith.”
Jack Howard, Weston Super Mare