Me receiving the Queens Award for Voluntary Services (QAVS) for services to mental health (2014)

Hello, I’m Matt Coleclough, a psychotherapist who specialises in the recovery of all types of anxiety disorders and depression. I consider myself to be an expert in the recovery of depression, panic disordergeneralised anxiety disorder, OCD, social anxiety and agoraphobia and know first-hand how to successfully treat these illnesses. I once experienced anxiety and depression severely myself so I can relate exactly to how you’re feeling but more importantly I can provide the right level of understanding, guidance and techniques that will vastly improve your situation and ease your suffering. Helping people to find recovery is my passion; giving people their life back is extremely satisfying and rewarding. Recovering from an anxiety disorder and/or depression is an extremely liberating experience which brings with it its own benefits. The knowledge, wisdom and confidence you will gain on your journey will make you a much more integrated person – happier, peaceful and much more resilient.

My knowledge and understanding of anxiety disorders and depression come from years of therapy study, research in fields such as neuroscience, mindfulness and biofeedback and more importantly the successful application of all of this to my own life. My approach and applied method is well-founded and I take extreme pride in my ability to help people that struggle with these problems. My passion and record of achievement in this field are well acknowledged. I began helping people with anxiety disorders in 2006 by self-funding local anxiety support groups and I continued to do this for almost four years before joining BIG in Mental Health. Here I created the anxiety support division which still continues to this day helping hundreds of anxiety sufferers each year. In 2011, I became part of the training programme at Fairfield General Hospital in Bury, where I gave educational talks on anxiety disorders to the junior doctors as part of their psychiatric training. I was recognised for my contributions to mental health services and was awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Services in 2014 as part of Bury Involvement Group. In 2015, I started the Anxiety Recovery Roadshow, a not-for-profit organisation which operates as a travelling workshop designed to give chronic anxiety sufferers a full understanding of their anxiety conditions and a full programme of recovery. The Roadshow involves explaining difficult concepts in a fun and interactive way and implements biofeedback, neurofeedback and mindfulness as a means to do this. In 2016, I reworked this programme and after much hard work and adapted it to the workplace as I attempt to tackle the UK’s mental health problem by targeting the workplace in my latest business Mindsafe. I hope my ability to positively transform peoples lives and my passion can make a significant improvement on the overall mental health of our country.

From a very young age I developed panic disorder which later developed into agoraphobia and severe depression. My life became very contained and at my worst I couldn’t even walk up a flight of stairs without experiencing heightened anxiety. For a further eight years I suffered until I had a nervous breakdown. This was a turning point in my life and where I began to study my condition with only one purpose in mind – recovery. This led me to research this subject in a very thorough way using the best tool for measured success (myself).

I have a keen interest in neuroscience and have studied in great depth the work of Professor Joseph Ledoux and his continual research on the biological underpinnings of emotion and memory, especially brain mechanisms related to fear and anxiety. I have studied all the works of the great late Dr. Claire Weekes, a true pioneer in ‘nervous illness’, and I have studied the mindfulness work and teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh and breathwork of Dr Konstantin Buteyko amongst many others.

Understanding is at the core of my methods, which are unique and tailored to suit, but coincide with a host of conventional CBT type methods, mindfulness-based therapies and biofeedback. My ability to really help people overcome their problems comes from a genuine passion to help, a thorough understanding of these disorders and a wealth of experience. My aim is to ease suffering and aid recovery. I provide simple and effective treatment at affordable rates.