Matt Valentine-Chase is a qualified therapist. He is also an empath and natural healer from birth. This means that he can tune into you very quickly. This can feel like an important moment in your life – when you know that another human being ‘gets you’.
Matt has over nineteen years of experience as a therapist and twenty-six years professional experience as a healer and energy worker. Although trained in healing and therapy, many of his skills are innate.
He has worked for traditional providers (see below) of therapy and support services, as well as providing energy work and workshops (including providing REIKI attunements) for healing venues.
He has worked for: NHS drug services, third sector drug and alcohol services, social inclusion charities including sex worker inclusion and advocacy, young person’s organisations, Primary Care Trusts and social care organisations. Matt has previously worked as a counselling co-ordinator for both NHS and voluntary organisations and has experience of crisis intervention and management.
In addition to therapy, Matt has extensive experience in general nursing, elder care, end of life care, social care and mental health care services.
Matt’s qualifications include:
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Matt currently works in mental health services and as such has up to date training recognised by Local Authorities.
The above additional training helps to inform Matt's practice as a therapist. It also assists in his knowledge of signposting (referring clients to other practitioners/agencies) where required. Matt also has an enhanced disclosure clear DBS certificate.
Matt believes that appropriate self-disclosure is important in forming a trusting and effective working relationship. He has lived experience of mental health challenges and dark night of the soul. He experienced this as a 'breakdown' which many people refer to as 'breakthrough'. Although painful and confusing at the time, a breakdown/breakthrough can often be a quantum leap in our development.
He was also a carer from a very young age, with personal experience of caring for a disabled parent, alcoholism in the family and long periods of living in poverty, as a child and adult. Matt passionately feels that his own experiences enhance his therapeutic skills and natural ability to empathise with his clients.
Although Matt works with a diverse range of issues and people, he has specialisms in the following areas: sex and sexuality, stress and anxiety, addictions, spiritual questioning or crises, mood disorders, meditation and relaxation training, feelings of isolation, confidence building, lgbtqai+ issues, loss and bereavement, mortality and fear of death, transforming negative emotions and more.
What really stands out with Matt's work - is his difference. Many clients just don't resonate with the traditional therapist/therapy approach. Matt has formidable training but works very differently from traditional therapists. His humour, insight, courage to challenge and deep sense of compassion will, he hopes, enable you to feel like someone truly cares.
Feel free to enquire further, book an initial no-fee chat, or your first therapy appointment. Matt very much looks forward to connecting with you!
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