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The following testimonials – gratefully received – are from satisfied clients, happy with the improvements that have come about following our brief time working together.

“I am now looking to the future with optimism…”

“I sought help from Matthew following a bereavement and physical health problems which had caused me to have long-term sickness from work.  At the time I was literally feeling like I had no future and would be unable to pick up my career again or indeed a future.  This led to extreme stress and anxiety which had begun to spiral out of control.  I was not sleeping, over-thinking and becoming quite depressed.

Matthew has helped me to isolate my problems and deal with them individually, something which I was struggling with.  I have since reduced my stress and anxiety levels and learned to relax more.  It’s still a job in progress but when I feel myself regressing, I’m able to bring my new-found coping mechanisms and knowledge to the forefront and manage my stress and anxiety before things get out of hand. I am now looking to the future with optimism and am returning to work next week.

Matthew has a no-nonsense, jargon-free approach which is practical and works quickly (I only had three sessions). I would highly recommend Matthew as a therapist.”

[Joyce, Healthcare Professional, Wigan, UK]

“I finally tried and thank goodness as it’s changed my whole life”

“For years I’ve gone round in circles with depression, anxiety and panic attacks, could never see any light at the end of tunnel or how any kind of therapy could work. I finally tried and thank goodness as it’s changed my whole life, I can’t thank Matthew enough for giving me the tools that’s changed my whole outlook on life and vision of myself, he is the most amazing human and I could not recommend him enough, thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

[Sarah, support worker, Manchester]

“…it has put me in the right direction!”

“After just one session I’ve been doing so much better and seeing things a lot more clearly. There’s still work to do but I’m happy we had our chat as it has put me in the right direction!

Thanks for all your help :)”

[Male teacher, Vietnam]

“I’m in a completely different place now”

“Over the past few years there have been a number of occasions where I’ve felt I should get some help with dealing with my anxieties but been too ashamed to do anything about it so I’ve carried on as best I could. This year when going through a particularly tough period I came across Matthew and I made contact. I knew after our first phone call I’d done the right thing and already felt such a relief.

I had a total two sessions with Matthew, that was all I needed to understand that I wasn’t a bad person, I wasn’t wrong for feeling how I did sometimes and how what I thought were my weaknesses were actually strengths. I’m in a completely different place now, sleeping better, more confident, I’m not putting myself down at every opportunity and I now understand my own worth and what’s important to me. 
I would recommend Matthew in a heartbeat to anyone.”

[Mother of two, Manchester]

“It’s worked, I’ve got my joy and energy back.”

“Before seeing Matthew, I was in a bad place, angry, stressed, swearing and shouting at my kids, cold sweats at night. Even from the first session I started to have a completely different perspective on everything. My stress levels have come down, I am now at ease, I am not shouting or swearing at my kids anymore, the cold sweats have stopped. My kids are now behaving well because Matthew explained a much better way of dealing with behaviour and I’m more at peace at home. It’s worked, I’ve got my joy and energy back. I know I can live my life now, I’m where I need to be going forward. It does the job.”

[Steven Costello, single parent of three primary-age children, Manchester]

“…took the anxiety and fear out of the situation”

“Matthew listened. He listened and understood what I said then used great skill and judgment to help me understand my situation in a different way. A way that took the anxiety and fear out of the situation. I would highly recommend Matthew.”

[Helen, Manchester]

“I really had lost a lot of hope but Matthew gave that back to me”

“I have waited a little while to write this testimonial as I wanted to fully reflect on the time I spent working with Matthew.  I went to Matthew because I was feeling so anxious on such a regular basis that I thought it would never stop.  I had also recently lost my brother to suicide and was dealing with what I now know to be PTSD like symptoms.  I was feeling so low at times because the thoughts and feelings I was having were scaring me and worsening my anxiety.

I had a total of three sessions with Matthew and he completely changed the narrative I had of my life. I was so confused and scared about the feelings that I was having and Matthew listened and simply explained why I was having these thoughts in a way that I could understand.  There was never any of what I call ‘psycho mumble jumble’, he talked in simple ways and gave me techniques and strategies to help manage my thoughts/anxiety.  I thought I was going to need at least ten sessions to help with the way I was feeling because I really had lost a lot of hope but Matthew gave that back to me.  I genuinely can not thank Matthew enough for the help he has given me and if there is anyone else that is suffering with the loss of a loved one, anxiety, continuous negative thoughts or simply feel like they just need a little bit of help then I would recommend Matthew to anyone.

Matthew truly has changed my life. Thank you.”

[Melissa (24) – Retail assistant​]

“Is this how other people feel?… Wow!'”

“I have waited for a couple of days to complete this having left Matthew’s office feeling refreshed and positive (previous therapy – whilst much valued at the time – left me ‘wrung out’, depleted and emotionally frail). Three full days later I am still waiting to feel the ‘butterflies’ and sense that I might have to swallow down a tearful surge at any moment; these have accompanied me for years.

I have returned to work from holidays, turned down extra clients and slept without nightmares. Conscious that this sounds extreme, I am not feeling at all evangelical; just quietly grateful and consistently pondering ‘Is this how other people feel?… Wow!’

I feel privileged to have happened upon human givens through ‘Running the Red Line’. I have taken my time to search further and let the notion that what HG talks of is totally at one with my own thoughts about ‘a whole person’, my own experiences and in my work as a teacher (30 years). Matthew’s detailed profile information shared enough to chime with me, his manner was kind, professional and clear at every point. Matthew consistently and gently clarified points to ensure that I focussed on specific, present aims and left the session with these having been addressed and strategies to try.”

[Teacher, in her 50’s, Greater Manchester.]

I realised that since my first session, I had been way less anxious”

I sought out therapy about 7 months after having my first child, I had always had anxiety but after having my son, I realised that my anxiety was starting to get a bit out of control and impacting my day to day life and relationship with my son and partner. I wanted to find a way to get my anxiety under control and find out what caused it.

I had two sessions with Matthew, the first one I spoke about how my anxiety manifested and why certain situations triggered it. Matthew also gave me techniques for managing the anxiety when it happened. The second session, was a few months later (life kept getting in the way!) and I realised that since my first session, I had been way less anxious and when things that used to trigger me occurred I was managing and dealing with the stress meaning I wasn’t having the same anxiety attacks/spikes as I used to. 
I found learning and understanding the reasons behind my triggers and how my brain was actually processing my emotions really helpful as it meant I could understand what was happening when I started to feel anxious and process those emotions in a healthy way. 
Matthew made me feel very comfortable and at ease during the sessions and I would highly recommend him to anyone who was looking to get help dealing with anxiety.”
[Rebecca, Project Manager, Manchester, UK]

“I was very grateful. Highly recommended.”

“I found the sessions very helpful and from the outset felt at ease. I very quickly felt a positive impact after just the first session.   

The approach was caring and thoughtful and helped me gain insight into areas where changes would make the most difference. I was very grateful. Highly recommended.”

[Solicitor in her forties, Manchester]

“Reaching out for professional help can be a difficult step…”

“Reaching out for professional help can be a difficult step to take but Matthew has helped to provide a starting point to move forward from to a situation that had become unresolvable .

I can highly recommend Matthew, he has a very easy, approachable way.”

[Janet, hairdresser, Manchester]

“I have been able to “let go” of all of the things that have been troubling me”

“I saw Matt because of deep seated resentment issues towards my husband, coupled with painful memories from my childhood.

I was on a loop in my head and mentally exhausted, having nightmares and feeling extremely low. I now know that I have been slipping in and out of depression for years.

After seeing Matt for just three sessions, I have been able to “let go” of all of the things that have been troubling me. He taught me some powerful techniques which enabled me to achieve inner peace. I am starting to enjoy life again. Matt helped my husband and I to save our marriage. We are now talking to each other and looking forward to a bright future together.

I would highly recommend seeing Matt as a therapist. His kind and gentle approach made me feel that I was in very safe hands.”

[Teacher, mid fifties, Manchester, UK.]

“…after only 2 sessions, my world view was completely changed”

“After a lifetime of living with anger issues, I assumed that this was just my personality. When things came to a head and my anger brought me to the edge of losing everything, I knew I had to get help.

I had my own preconceptions of therapy and assumed a long and painful process. Matt’s ‘Human Givens’ approach proved this to be totally wrong. The effect was essentially instant and after only 2 sessions, my world view was completely changed.

Talking with Matt was easy and down to earth and the whole process was incredibly simple. His explanations of why I was feeling this way and strategies for dealing with those feelings brought huge clarity to me.

I simply cannot recommend Matt and his approach highly enough.”

[Brian, Electronics engineer, Manchester]

“I personally recommend Matthew’s curious and kind approach…”

“After several courses of [different] therapy and an intense period with a crisis team, I needed short-term support to alleviate strong emotions and stress levels whilst trying to remedy my situation. After a couple of open assessment sessions [with Matthew], I only needed one more session to walk away with focused tools and confidence to face my upcoming challenges. I personally recommend Matthew’s curious and kind approach, leaving each session in a state of utter relaxation.”

[Mike, 35, Creative Professional, Manchester]

“I had previously tried counselling with no effect”

“After suffering with anxiety, low self-esteem and intrusive thoughts due to fertility difficulties, work stress and grieving the loss of my mother I sought help from Matthew.  I had previously tried counselling with no effect, but as I was really struggling, I thought I would try again with a different counsellor.  I am so glad I did as now I recognize the importance of finding the right counsellor for you and feel this is the key to making a difference.

Matthew made me feel comfortable from the very first session and was always encouraging and non-judgmental.  His logical and insightful approach in stress and emotional management helped me gain tools I could understand and use successfully in my daily life.  I am extremely thankful to Matthew as I now feel confident and positive in my ability to deal with stressful and negative situations going forward. He has given me the means to manage my stress and enabled me to become more emotionally intelligent and self-confident.

I would highly recommend him to anyone as a supportive ear through difficult times.”

[A veterinary nurse in her thirties, Manchester, UK]

“I think this is going to help me to be happier and healthier day to day”

“What I liked most about it was I felt that Matthew understood how I felt completely, but was able to help me alter my mindset, so I then felt as if I was in control of that, so I feel confident and more in control outside of the sessions which is when it really matters!

I have drawn on conversations and techniques from the therapy most days and it is helping me to change how I view and deal with situations that would usually take full control of me! I think this is going to help me to be happier and healthier day to day and have more time to enjoy life.

Initially, I booked the sessions to overcome a phobia that had played a big role in my life and by the third session it seemed quite insignificant.
Going into it, I was unsure what to expect, but I found the sessions really valuable. The therapy helps you start to see things differently. It almost sneaks up on you! There’s no pressure and Matthew puts you at ease straight away.”

[A lady in her thirties, Manchester]

“I feel better equipped to deal with bad times, yet enjoy the good times, the here and now!”

“When I started these sessions with Matthew I wasn’t optimistic, but thought I might as well give it a try. I had never heard of the ‘Human Givens’ approach before but did some reading beforehand. I have tried different types of therapy before such as CBT and counselling and didn’t benefit from either, as it didn’t give me practical tools to use.

During the last 20 years of my life, I have lived alongside bouts of anxiety and depression, no reasons for it, it was just there and would creep upon me. I felt I was genetically predisposed to feeling this way. During my sessions I was given support on how to deal with these thoughts, feelings and black and white thinking. I put these into practice, again not thinking it will work. I was surprised, very surprised.

The sessions were always led my me and Matthew was guided by what my concerns were around that week. I needed to know why this was happening to me, was my brain wired differently than others? Matthew explained at my level of understanding what was happening and why, it made so much sense and after only a couple of sessions, it clicked, it really did.

All I can say is that I didn’t believe it would work for me as I felt different, but I was given the correct tools to challenge this. I realised that we are all different and have different experiences but there is hope for everyone and that I just sit with my feeling ……nothing is permanent, both the bad times and the good times. I feel better equipped to deal with bad times, yet enjoy the good times, the here and now! Thanks Matthew, this has been a great and eye-opening experience.

Try it, you may and will be surprised, even if its deep rooted and chronic, just like mine it could work. Matthew is approachable and explains things in such a practical way.”

[Lindsey, Manchester]

“…changed the way I deal with difficult situations”

“After seeking therapy for a phobia I have had for many years, seeing Matt has really helped. I found talking through different scenarios and utilising the coping and breathing strategies given has changed the way I deal with difficult situations. I would highly recommend Matt.”

[Student, aged 17]

“…really helped them to transform their lives”

“Matt has recently helped a number of my athletes and colleagues with both running and stress related issues. He has acted with the upmost confidentiality, professionalism and empathy. He has really helped them to transform their lives. I would definitely recommend Matt to help you.”

[Dr Ian Grime, Level 3 Senior Endurance and Conditioning Coach]