Hi, I'm Matthew Mcginty, (MA, MSc, Diploma)
I'm a counsellor, coach and Mindfulness trainer in Peterborough.
I help people who long to feel calmer, more relaxed, and have more meaning, purpose and passion in life, but whose doubts weigh them down.
I motivate them to go on a journey of exploration so that they can understand themselves better. Getting the healing and confidence they deserve.
Rest assured. Through my careful listening, you can be yourself without judgement.
Together, we'll explore how to get to a place where your ups and downs are manageable.
If You Feel Panic or Despair I Hear You, And You Are Not Alone
We all feel this way from time to time. With the pace of modern living increasing it's easy to feel stressed, anxious and without hope. There may be moments when your heart pounds, your breathing quickens, your muscles tense and you start to sweat. Or moments when you lack energy, or passion for things in your daily life.
Perhaps you are feeling overwhelmed right now with all that's going on. You may be feeling:
It’s Possible to Start Feeling Better
As your counsellor, I will collaborate with you to find your best way forward.
Through the course of my life I've struggled with stress and anxiety. I would often feel myself in situations where I felt unable to cope, panicking and reacting to situations in unhelpful ways. Because of this, I know how hard life can be when you are facing these challenges. But it also allows me to know that overcoming problems is possible.
There Are Many Benefits to Counselling
Counselling can successfully help you find your best self. It can help you:
These are a few of the ways Counselling can help
A Little About My Professional Background
I received a diploma in Gestalt (Awareness) Counselling in London. I am also a qualified Mindfulness Teacher. I operate under UK counselling regulations. I have regular supervision. I am working toward a Doctorate in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I treat many areas, more details of which can be found on My Approach page.
Let's Get You to A Place You Want to Be
Getting some Counselling can help you feel calmer, more relaxed and joyful. Let’s discover how I can help.
Reach out to schedule your first appointment. During your first session, you can share a bit about what's troubling you and I can answer any questions you might have. We'll discuss your goals and my approach and assess whether we are the right fit for each other. To schedule your first appointment, call 01733 639 040 or use my online booking calendar, or fill out the form below. I'm here for you.
The 1-2-1 coaching has been a real eye-opener for me. Insightful, interesting and extremely well delivered. Highly recommended all round. Sad that it has to come to an end.
I have spent a lot of my life battling with my mind and it’s habit of constant, obsessive, repetitive (negative) thinking. To start to understand that I need to observe my thoughts/mind with kindness and observe my thoughts with interest and return to ‘the moment’ via the breath, has helped me enormously to feel I can move forward more peacefully.
The 1-2-1 coaching may well be a live-saver. I needed help with ‘getting’ mindfulness. This has been done. The tools were much needed as things were not getting better for me despite enormous efforts on my part.
Having coaching with Matt has let me give myself permission to be kind to myself. To understand that thoughts are not truths. To help me give myself permission to take time out to meditate and build a tool box for the future.
I will miss these sessions very much. The course has helped me realise that life will still be busy and complicated and stressful and my mind will still go places that are not very happy or relaxing; but I feel better equipped now to tell myself that I have a choice, that thoughts are not facts and that I can choose to be kind to myself and that it is ok.
It has enabled me to break the negative thinking cycle that overshadowed my everyday life. As a perfectionist, the critical voice was constant and I felt down most days. Since the course, I have been able to quieten this voice (but not get rid of it) and show myself kindness. I have found the 3 minute breathing space and the ‘silent’ and ‘sound’ meditations the most effective.
I have a much better understanding of what Mindfulness is all about. I think I appreciate how it can help me cope with ‘sticky’ mindsets. I am learning to be kinder to myself and stopping before I work myself to a frazzle. Matt’s gentle guidance though the discussions has been amazing in opening my eyes and facilitated learning compassion and kindness towards myself.
The course has taught me to be more aware of my thought patterns and see more clearly how they affect my responses to situations. I think I have learnt to take more time out to look after me and although meditation has proved difficult to fit in to a busy life, it has been and will continue to be very beneficial.
When I began the course I was at a really low point. I had been on antidepressants for over a year and despite increasing to the highest dosage I couldn’t see a way out of the negative thoughts and feelings. I have learnt and gained so much from this course it is difficult to summarise it, but in the last couple of weeks I have felt more awake again, I have begun enjoying things I used to enjoy, I have space in my mind for others and I have energy that I had lost to be able to do anything other than ‘auto pilot’. Thank you so much.
I am a NHS consultant who has suffered recurrent episodes of depression and was at the point of ‘burn-out’ prior to attending the 8-week Mindful Now. The course has taught me so much about myself and my habitual patterns of negative thinking. Myself and my family are already seeing the benefits of incorporating mindfulness into my daily routine and I am keen to develop the basic skills and knowledge that I have acquired.
I feel the course content, participants and tutors have provided a good basis for further practice and development.
In the quietest, most gentle way, with every breath or practice I’ve found myself to be more myself. So I’ve not changed, there’s been no glorious technicolour moments of enlightenment, but I’ve begun to notice the things that really were always there but that I had lost connection with – the bright colour of the daffodils on the way here, the sound of my son laughing, the coolness of a glass of water on a warm afternoon.
I feel like the personal coaching with Matt has been a ‘gift to myself’. I am at the start of a journey to explore these practices in more depth and to use the tools I have learned to help me be kinder to myself. I would highly recommend this course to everyone and I would love my children to experience a similar course to help them grow, develop and deal with life