Matt Stalker - CBT & EMDR Therapy

I aim to establish safe and confidential working relationships with my clients in which we work together using evidence-based approaches, tailored to your needs, to help overcome or better manage the problems you are having. I have over 12 years of clinical experience with clients of all ages 16 and upwards, from a wide range of backgrounds, in a wide range of settings (primary care/IAPT, NHS tertiary care/specialist services, high secure prisons, occupational health, insurance work, private therapy, clinical supervision, teaching and training).

During the Covid-19 outbreak, I am offering all assessments and treatment remotely using video conferencing software. These sessions are £60 (£50 for students or those currently out of work).

Problems I can offer help with:
Anxiety problems (including panic attacks, agoraphobia, social anxiety, health anxiety, excessive worry, and OCD); Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or problems arising from trauma, abuse, or neglect; depression and low mood; low self-esteem.

For questions, or to arrange an assessment appointment:
It is best to contact me by email on, and provide me with an email address or contact number on which I can get in touch to arrange a face-to-face assessment.

Therapy sessions typically last 50-60 minutes and cost £60 (£50 for students in full-time education), payable by cash or bank transfer. I can only offer therapy for individuals.

The Therapies:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT, after A.T. Beck) is a well-recognised and established model of psychotherapy. It is the NICE guidelines-recommended, evidence-based treatment for a wide range of problems, including anxiety disorders, depression, and PTSD. In brief, the therapist and client work collaboratively to develop a shared understanding of the problem(s), before applying a range of techniques to help work on the patterns of thinking and behaving that contribute to maintaining the problems. The final phase of therapy is to work on preventing future relapses.

Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR, F. Shapiro) is an NICE-recommended evidence-based treatment for PTSD, and has a growing evidence-base for its effectiveness in treating a wide range of other problems. EMDR is a specialist intervention which helps clients to reprocess memories of the past (e.g. a car accident, or bullying at school), which underpin the current problems (e.g. driving phobia, low self-confidence) the client does not wish to continue in the future.

More information is available on request.

How many sessions will I need?
A typical episode of evidence-based CBT or EMDR treatment would be between 6 and 16 sessions; however, this varies widely, and the number sessions is determined by the client's problems and goals, which will be agreed between therapist and client, and regularly reviewed during their work. Sessions can be weekly, fortnightly, or set at whatever interval is most appropriate.

BABCP Accredited Cognitive-Behavioural Therapist
Post-Graduate Diploma in CBT
Qualified CBT Supervisor
EMDR Practitioner registered with EMDR UK & Ireland
BSc(Hons) Biological Sciences
Diploma in Psychology
MSc Applied Forensic Psychology