Dr Matt Wardley

MEng (hons), MEd, DPsych

Chartered Counselling Psychologist

CBT, ACT & Mindfulness

Core Training and Professional Membership

MEd, Psychology of Education, University of Bristol, 2007
DPsych, Doctorate of Counselling Psychology, City University, London, 2011

HCPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist

Further Specialist Training

Having a special interest in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), I have attended numerous national and international workshops and conferences, and have been trained by the pioneers and world leaders in ACT including: Steven Hayes, Kelly Wilson, Kirk Strosahl, JoAnne Dahl, Russ Harris, Paul Flaxman, and Robyn Walser. This has taken me in to training others in the approach, and I have trained and presented on ACT at local, national and international events and conferences as well as teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Below is a list of further training:

  • Experiential-Existential Therapy: A Focusing-oriented Approach, Dr Greg Madison, London (1 day). Provided by Authentica, 2013.
  • Focusing Workshops 1 & 2, Peter Gil (Manjudeva) (4 days). BFA approved. 2013 & 2014
  • Clinical Supervision Training, (BPS approved), University of East London, (2 days),2013
  • Supervision Skills Workshop 1, 2 &3 (3 days), Dr Linda Charles, London. Provided by British Psychological Society (BPS), 2012.
  • Motivational Interviewing (2 days). Provided by Central North West London NHS Foundation Trust, 2009.
  • BPS accredited Psychometric Testing Level (A & B), City University, 2010.

Clinical and Professional Experience

I have worked within NHS-based mental health and physical health care, primary and secondary care services, specialist services settings (chronic pain, diabetes, renal, physical intensive care, and substance misuse) and inpatient services. I have also worked in a number of charitable voluntary organisations. . I mainly work with adults on a one to one basis or in groups. I do however have experience of working with couples, children, and families.

I am proficient in evidence-based approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (CBT) with a specialist interest in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I also have varied experience and interest in mindfulness, Gendlin’s focusing, existential, phenomenological, person-centred, systemic, psychodynamic and motivational interviewing approaches; all of which help me adapt the approach I use to the individual’s situation.

I have helped people with a number of issues around depression, anxiety (panic attacks, phobias, trauma, health anxiety, social anxiety, obsessions and compulsions), eating and weight management issues, chronic pain, life changes and adjustment, loss and grief, uncertainty, and terminal illness as well as substance misuse, sexuality and/or relationship issues. I am open to seeing people with any difficulty that they feel they need some additional help. That includes those times that you can’t quite pinpoint where or what the problem is but you know something is not quite right for you.

After originally qualifying as an engineer from the University of Leeds and working in telecommunication and aviation industries, I changed career and followed my true passion for psychology and my interest in working with people. In meeting with me, I hope that you would feel genuinely heard and that your issues and concerns, as well as you hopes and desires, are given the care and attention that they deserve. My aim is to help you to bridge the gap between the place you find yourself and the place you want to be, so you can follow the road to a nourishing and fulfilling life.

What will a session with me be like?

After your initial contact with the Hampshire and Surrey Psychology service, I would tend to contact you for a brief telephone conversation before meeting in person. This is in place for an informal discussion and/or for you to ask specific questions before deciding whether to book an initial appointment. At this first meeting, we can discuss your current difficulties, your hopes for change, and how psychology sessions might be able to help. I hope you will find me respectful, open, and honest and, although these sessions can be challenging at times, I invite you to share as much as you are willing to, and no more. The relationship we form will be a crucial part in exploring your difficulties, making changes, and developing more satisfying ways to engage with the world.

I am able to offer either short or longer-term therapy work depending on your specific needs and preferences.

Clinic Location

I work in Rownhams, Southampton and Christchurch / Bournemouth.