My name is Adrian Matthews I’m an Integrative Psychotherapist and Hypnotherapist.
The experience of suffering from depression was a turning point in my life and led me to train as therapist. I studied with Dr Sandra Westland and Dr Tom Barber at The Contemporary College of Therapeutic Studies in London, graduating in 2014.
Although I help people with whole host of issues from weight loss to smoking cessation my main interest is in helping people suffering from Depression and Anxiety.
These, unfortunately all too common issues are something of a modern plague. Whilst it is true that people in the past suffered from both Depression and Anxiety, today's modern hectic lifestyle, societies expectations and pressures from family, employers even the media, make it much more prevalent than in the past.
When I'm not being a therapist I’m a husband and dad. I live in Chesham with my wife Amanda and my three children as well as two dogs .
Cognitive Hypnotherapy is a very flexible approach to hypnotherapy that draws influence from a range of theories and combines them with hypnosis to achieve the client’s goal. This could be anything from a phobia to depression or anxiety. Hypnosis is a natural state of relaxation that a hypnotherapist can help you achieve, it is not something that is done to you.
Many different models of psychotherapy exist such as Psychoanalysis, Gestalt Therapy, and Transactional Analysis. Most practitioners use a specific type of therapy. However not all therapies suit all clients. An Integrative Psychotherapist uses techniques from different models that best suit the client and their presenting problem.
Rather than just a collection of techniques, NLP is an attitude and a methodology of understanding how to achieve your goals and get results, by looking at both your internal and external communication. We aim to influence brain behaviour (neuro) using language (linguistic) to recode the way the brain responds to stimuli (programming).
We all know of people who were never very good at exams. No matter how hard they study, no matter how much tuition or how well they prepare they never do as well as expected. Exam Anxiety could be the problem. Exam Anxiety is a psychological condition which can seriously hamper exam performance.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder that is most common in adolescence or early adulthood. People suffering from OCD have unwanted and overwhelming thoughts, feelings, and fears that make them perform specific activities. These activities often become rituals that the sufferer must perform to get through day-to-day life
PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a disorder that replays afrightening, painful, or disturbing life event. over and over again. Having survived a traumatic life event such as war, terrorism, physical abuse, or assault, some individuals continually replay those emotions in everyday life, often triggered by simple day to day experiences.
Panic disorder and panic attacks can be very frightening and in time, can lead the sufferer to avoid situations or activities that might lead to an attack. The panic attack is caused by fear and is the most severe form of acute anxiety. Fear is a natural survival instinct; it is there to protect us. Like anxiety, fear can be of a real or an imagined threat but the body responds in the same way, preparing itself to deal with the danger ( see anxiety for details). It is these physical effects that make the panic attack so frightening.
Depression is something we all feel at some time or another. In its mildest form we could just be feeling a bit down. At its worst it can make you feel suicidal or simply give up the will to live. The good news is that with the right treatment and support, most people can make a full recovery. Depression is a real illness with real symptoms; it's not a sign of weakness or something you can "snap out of". Even powerful personalities can experience deep depression. Winston Churchill called it his ‘black dog.
Anxiety is a very broad complaint that covers a variety of issues. We all suffer from anxiety at one time or another and that’s not a bad thing. It is part of our in built defence mechanism that alerts us to danger and prepare us to act. The problem is when there is no real danger or the concern is blown out of all proportion. In these cases it can prevent us from functioning normally both in work and personal social environments.