More than 75% of people who’ve had therapy say they would recommend it to a friend.
More than three-quarters of people who had therapy are better off than those who didn’t.
Changes brought about by therapy are visible with brain imaging technology.
Certain kinds of therapy are more effective than drugs in treating depression.
The overall effect size of therapy is larger than the success rate for flu vaccines and heart surgery.
88% of people now say they would seek counselling or therapy if they felt they needed it.
Going to therapy when you feel overwhelmed should be as normal as going to the doctor for a persistent cough or unexplained pain.
Sources: BACP Public perception survey 2019/ Wampold et al 2007/ Lemma et al 2011/ Layard and Clarke 2013/ McCrory et al 2017. https://www.nature.com/articles/4001816
I am Matt Wotton. I offer evidence-based therapy and coaching, for couples and individuals, drawing on the latest research into what works. Whatever issues you face, my aim is for therapy to relieve your distress in the most effective way possible. Therapy and coaching are both shown to change people's lives for the better - both are a shrewd investment of time and money.
Getting the right help at the right time can change your life.
Talking openly about yourself or your relationship can be hard. I will try to make it as comfortable as possible. We’ll start by getting an idea of what you’re finding difficult and how this is affecting you and the people around you. I’ll explain a bit about therapy and how it might help. Some people (and some couples) start with clear ideas about their problems, others just know something is wrong, but they are not sure what that is. Either way is fine.
What type of help will work best for you depends on what sort of problem you need help with. No two people or couples are the same, and certain approaches suit some people and some problems better than others. Some issues can be managed quite quickly - using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), for example. Other times you might need ongoing help to manage complex, long standing, problems or persistent thoughts and behaviour.
I draw from a range of approaches to provide the right support to suit you or your relationship. I have trained in a range of psychological therapies (for example, CBT, attachment theory, and couple-counselling) which allows me to approach issues with an open mind. The type of therapy I practice draws on recent developments in neuroscience as well as decades of research in both attachment theory and CBT. I recommend approaches which are solution-focussed and evidence-based.
Good therapy focusses on what will relieve your distress in the most effective way possible. It is important that you know that your time and money is being well spent. There is good evidence that therapy works to ease distress in the vast majority of cases (including online therapy).
If you’re serious about change, come and get the help you need.
I am currently the Co-Director of The London Centre for Applied Psychology - providing training to mental health professionals and consulting to businesses on wellbeing and mental health in the workplace.
I am a media spokesperson for the largest professional body of counsellors and therapists in the UK (the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy - BACP). I also consult on story scripts with a psychological component. The BACP operates an accredited register, overseen by the Professional Standards Authority. You can verify my details via their website.
I have undertaken training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approved by The British Psychological Society. CBT is the form of therapy most often used in the NHS. I am also an associate member of The British Psychological Society, as well as being a member of the lead organisation for CBT in the UK and Ireland.
I am also an ILM-accredited Executive Coach (Institute for Leadership and Management) and have 15 years of executive leadership experience as well as a decade of senior-level coaching practice.
I am a professional member of the British Association of Sports and Exercise Sciences and have studied sport and coaching psychology with the Open University - a programme recommended by the International Olympic Committee.
Psychologically informed coaching helps you develop self-awareness and insight to work out what keeps you from what you want to achieve. As well as clarifying your ambitions, it also helps you build the resilience and develop the emotional competencies you need to reach your goals.
Psychologically informed coaching provides you with the perspective and tools you need to navigate the challenges of work. It also helps you understand what is blocking you and how to overcome it. The British Psychological Society defines coaching psychology as aimed at ‘enhancing well-being and performance in personal life and work domains’.
Coaching generally works best for reasonably well defined problems which relate specifically to work, or other areas of performance (such as sports, or the performing arts). While there is some cross-over with therapy, coaching is focussed more on attaining goals and achieving personal fulfilment than alleviating distress.
I work with established and aspiring leaders to develop their potential, resilience and emotional competence. I also work with athletes and performers to manage their emotions, clarify their ambitions, and recover from set-backs. Coaching is somewhere you can drop your ‘game face’. Being able to be honest and open about your challenges is often the first step to overcoming barriers and problems, and being able to work towards solutions.
Coaching helps leaders, executives, athletes and performers make sense of the issues they face, identify options to address them, and develop and implement a plan of action. Recent meta-analysis suggest coaching is a very effective method of achieving change.
Sessions can be offered as a one-off but are usually most effective when booked in blocks and scheduled over a period of a few months - to allow the changes you are making to really take hold in your day-to-day life.
I am an ILM-accredited Executive Coach (the Institute of Leadership and Management is a professional association for leadership and management in the UK: https://www.institutelm.com/who-are-we.html)
I am also a professional member of the British Association of Sports and Exercise Sciences and have studied sport and coaching psychology with the Open University - a programme of study recommended by the International Olympic Committee.
I have studied at the London Business School, Cranfield University, and have a masters degree from Warwick Business School.
WHO I SEE. THINGS I CAN HELP WITH. THE BENEFITS.
WHO I SEE:
Adults of all ages and young people from the age of 16.
Couples - struggling with relationship issues or family life.
I have a particular interest and expertise in addictive and compulsive behaviour.
I enjoy working with anyone who is looking to make a positive change in their personal or professional life.
I do not see people who have significant learning disabilities, are experiencing psychosis, who are actively suicidal, or have severe personality disorders.
Sessions are 50 minutes long, confidential, and take place in person in Muswell Hill, Marylebone, or online via zoom.
THINGS I CAN HELP WITH:
Relationship issues - arguments, break up, separation, divorce.
Anxiety, depression, anger or stress.
Work-related issues - from recruitment to retirement.
Coping with the impact of early abuse or neglect.
Dealing with the psychological aspects of physical illness.
Addictive behaviour - e.g. drugs, alcohol, pornography, food.
Feeling unfulfilled, lonely, stuck, or lacking in meaning.
Lack of confidence, low self esteem, increasing resilience.
Bereavement and grief.
Concern about children’s mental health, behaviour, and/ or parenting difficulties.
AFTERWARDS, PEOPLE OFTEN:
Feel calmer and less stressed
Are better able to say ‘no’ and set boundaries
Have improved communication with loved ones
Are more compassionate to themselves and those around them
Are better able to regulate what they eat and drink
Spend their time more constructively and have more energy
You can book and pay for a session direct by using the ‘Book A Session’ tab. If you have additional questions or queries, you can contact me below.