About

Matthew Elton

Matthew Elton, DPhil, PG Dip (TA Counselling), BACP Registered

Matthew Elton is a psychotherapist based in Edinburgh and has been in private practice since 2005. He works with a wide range of clients and has a special interest in writers and artists. His formative training was in Transactional Analysis and he has since developed a strong interest in Narrative Therapy. Matthew regularly delivers talks and workshops in Scotland and across the UK on therapy practice and related matters.

This year he published Talking It Better: From Insight to Change in the Therapy Room (PCCS, 2021).

Before becoming fulltime as a practitioner, Matthew was an academic working on the philosophy of mind at the University of Stirling, then a manager in the charity sector. He is the author of a well-received volume on the philosopher Daniel Dennett for Polity’s Key Contemporary Thinkers series, published in 2003.

What do we do when we notice the “whack-a-mole” pattern emerging in therapy? This is…
We’re all familiar with clients appearing to make mountains of molehills and molehills of mountains….
Many of our clients are desperate to solve problems such as how to: feel loved,…
The Drama Triangle is a powerful tool for understanding how we can get into unhelpful…
When overly nice people face challenges in their lives, they can sometimes go into an…
The Drama Triangle makes sense of repeated patterns we get into with other people where…
The workshop introduces the Responsiveness Ladder, a practical tool developed by Matthew to help clients…
Clients – as well as therapists – often hope that gaining insight will smooth the…