Mr Tony Matthews

Member Status: Accredited

Member No: NCS18-06974

Location: Bideford

Key Worker Counselling

My question to you is;
Are you willing to take a long, compassionate look at how you got to this point and what steps you will need to take to begin a process of change?

“Because You are the One that Matters”

Whether one tangible issue has prompted you to pursue therapy or you are grappling with a series of existential questions – purpose, identity, faith, doubt – I will consistently and reliably join you to navigate uncharted territory as your healing begins. You do not have to journey alone.

I work with a wide range of concerns including, but not limited to: depression, anxiety, trauma, illness and disability, life transitions, couples, relationship and family problems and bereavement.

I work with both adults and children and have experience of working with those on the autistic spectrum.

I offer therapy to men and women who currently serve in or no longer in the armed forces and emergency services, NHS, students, businessmen and women, school staff and students.

I am a RE Veteran medically discharged from service and understand the difficulties in sharing thoughts and feelings. We can look at how you manage and cope with certain feelings, how you can learn to share and express them without feeling vulnerable. I offer a space for you to express what you need to in the way you need to.

One thing people worry about the most is, ‘Will this go on any permanent record if I come for therapy around depression or anxiety’, the answer is No, seeing a private therapist for whatever you feel you need to see them about, is not recorded in any medical file or the like where you worry it may impact on yours or your child’s life choices.

Concessions are available, for further information you can find Toad Counselling on Facebook, or you can self-refer via the website

  • Qualifications & Experience
    Volunteer Counsellor (2015 - 2019)
    Providing counselling in North Devon

    Counsellor & support worker - Devon Partnership NHS Trust (2017)
    The Historical Trauma Programme
    Specialist help for survivors of childhood abuse and neglect


    Open University UK
    Psychology · Counselling psychology · Counselling - BA (hons) Open Degree - 2013 to 2020

    Courses Taken:
    K314 - Approaches to Mental Health
    DD310 - Counselling and Forensic Psychology: Investigating Crime and Therapy
    E219 - Psychology of Childhood and Youth
    K260 - Death and Dying
    D240 - Counselling, exploring fear & sadness


    Counselling Hub (cpcab accredited) Certificate of Participation

    Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling - Level 5 (PC-L5)


    Dartmoor Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy CIC
    and Safe Space for Counselling (NCS Accredited)

    Specialist Training - Professional Diploma Children and Young People


    High Speed Training -

    Advanced Safeguarding Children (Level 2) - Renewal 01/11/2022
    Designated Safeguarding Officer (Level 3) - Renewal 15/11/2020
    Advanced Safeguarding Adults (Level 2)
    Equality and Diversity in Health and Social Care


    Petroc College (cpcab accredited)

    Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling - Level 4 (TC-L4)
    Certificate in Counselling Studies - Level 3 (CST-L3)
    Certificate in Counselling Skills - Level 2 (CSK-L2)
    Award in Introduction to Counselling Skills - Level 2 (ICSK-L2)


    OpenLearn - The Autistic Spectrum: From Theory to Practice - Level 2


    Working with Narcissism Course
    Life Coaching Diploma Course
    Transactional Analysis Course
    Mindfulness Diploma Course
    Couples and Family Therapy Diploma Course
    Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Diploma Course
    Gestalt Therapy Diploma Course
    Addiction Therapy Diploma Course
    Couples Counselling Toolkit + 12 Part add on Modules
    Play Therapy Course
  • What I can help with
    • Abortion
    • Abuse – Emotional, Physical, Sexual
    • Addiction (e.g. Alcohol, Computer games, Drugs, Food, Gambling, Sex, Smoking)
    • Adolescence
    • Ageing and related issues
    • Anger Management
    • Anxiety
    • Assertiveness / Self-confidence / Self-esteem
    • Autism & Aspergers Syndrome
    • Bereavement / Loss
    • Bullying
    • Carers
    • Cultural issues
    • Depression
    • Disability
    • Divorce & Separation
    • Family
    • Gender identity
    • Generally unhappy with your life
    • Illness and dying
    • Mindfulness
    • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
    • Parenting skills
    • Phobias
    • Post-traumatic stress (PTSD)
    • Pregnancy related issues
    • Relationships
    • Self-harm
    • Sexuality Identity
    • Shyness / Social Phobia
    • Suicidal feelings
    • Trauma
    • Violence / Victim support
    • Young people and children
    • Driving tests
    • Emotional issues
    • Exams
    • Panic attacks
    • Relaxation
    • Self esteem
    • Stress
    • Chronic fatigue syndrome / m.e.
    • Ptsd
    • Children / teenagers
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