"We cannot direct the wind but we can adjust the sail." - Unknown


Life can bring many different and unexpected challenges. It is in times like these talking to someone can be helpful. Safety, confidentiality and non-judgement is paramount in a professional counselling relationship.


Talking to someone about your private feelings may feel unusual, therefore trust is really important. I work with you at your pace, no matter if your feelings are too big or small. Each one of us is an individual and I work with whatever you bring to each session. I provide a safe, confidential space for you to express yourself freely without judgement. I am committed to offering a supportive therapeutic relationship and trusting working alliance.


I am an integrative counsellor, which means I work with different theoretical approaches to provide my own counselling style. I work from a foundation of person-centered counselling, alongside solution-focused therapy, behavioral therapy, transactional analysis and grief theory.


I have experience of working with a range of clients from different backgrounds. I have worked with clients who have experienced sadness, stress, depression, anxiety, anger, loneliness, relationship problems, family problems, eating disorder recovery, loss, bereavement, bereavement by suicide, phobias, suicidal thoughts and self harm.



I am a fully qualified counsellor and a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

Here is a list of my qualifications:

  • BACP Certificate of proficiency

  • CPCAB Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling

  • CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Studies

  • CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Skills

  • OCVC Certificate in Counselling

  • CRUSE Certificate - Awareness in Bereavement Care

  • CRUSE Group Supervision Certificate

  • CRUSE Certificate in Facilitating Bereavement Support Groups


 I have experience of teaching as a counselling lecturer in Aylesbury. I previously worked as a counsellor for the Oxford Counselling Centre in Oxford and I am a trained bereavement counsellor at Oxford CRUSE Bereavement Care. I am also a trained CRUSE group supervisor and have previously been a co-facilitator for the CRUSE bereaved by suicide support group, run in association with Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS)


In other roles, I have worked with young adults and university students in crisis in Oxford city. Mental health support is an important passion of mine and I have previously campaigned for increased awareness of mental health support in university.

I am currently working towards becoming an accredited member of the BACP.

Matt Hayes Counselling, Cousellor
BACP Register 328642


For further information, please feel free to contact me.


I work weekly and offer individual, face-to-face counselling. Currently, I work with clients who are 18 and over. Sessions are available in the evening.


My fee is £45 for a 50 minute session.



To arrange an appointment or to ask a question, please feel free to contact me by filling out the form below: 

Due to the COVID- 19 pandemic, 

I am currently only offering telephone 

sessions over the phone. Face to face

sessions will resume at a later time.




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