Matt Shepley Coaching

(11 customer reviews)

ACCESS TO WORK ACCEPTED - Coaching The Foundations of Life; 8 x 1:2:1 Focussed Sessions, Incorporating the ADHD & Mental Health Recovery Outcome Star Assessment £800.00

Matt Shepley, Director, Sole Survivor PTSD Support CIC.


  • IARRT Rewind Practitioner www.iartt.com/the-rewind/
  • IEMT Practitioner www.integraleyemovementtherapy.com
  • CPCAB Level 1 – 3 Counselling Skills, currently studying L4 www.cpcab.co.uk
  • CRUSE Bereavement Counsellor
  • Facilitated 500+ hrs of Trauma Informed PTSD & ADHD Peer Support Group Meetings.
  • Level 5 Community Life Coaching
  • Outcome Star Accredited Coaching Provider
  • Enhanced DBS Certificate – Cert No:001756082855
  • Member of The Association For Coaching
  • Receives Monthly 1:2:1 Practioner Supervision
  • Receives Quarterly 1:2:1 Life Coach Supervision

About Matt:

Matt has a friendly, straight forward, no-nonsense approach to Mental Health Recovery Life Coaching, Trauma Therapy & Peer Support following years working as a Front Line Key Worker with Adult Complex Needs in some of the countries toughest and most economically deprived areas. These experiences have given him an insight into the inner workings of ADHD & PTSD in the community and the barriers people face when dealing with the NHS, DWP, Housing,  personal finances (debt) and substance use as a form of self medication.

Since 2019 Sole Survivor PTSD Support CIC have facilitated weekly face to face PTSD & ADHD Peer support for upwards of 50 clients around the North West of England, including a drop in for a homeless and refugee support service in Chester City.

Matt has battled and successfully overcome both Single Event PTSD & Complex PTSD, and also has a diagnosis of combined ADHD which he received at the age of 44 which has led him into researching the comorbidity between the two conditions more heavily. Matt is continually humbled by people’s resilience and will to survive and this motivates him to give support to those who are trying to make sense of what is going on in their lives and move themselves and their families forward.

Qualified in Rewind & IEMT Trauma Therapy, Matt has found his insights into the condition invaluable in treating PTSD and coaching ADHD.

Matt is available for ADHD and Post Therapy PTSD Coaching, Rewind and IEMT Therapy which is aimed at working on different areas of PTSD symptomatology in a way that does not require disclosure of the traumatic event from the client.

Join Matt for his monthly ADHD & PTSD ADHD UK online Peer Support Group.

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Coaching The Foundations of Life.

Here’s the thing. A lot of people set goals but the foundation they are building it on is made of

Read that again.

Sound Familiar?

However hard you try, either things just collapse around your ears and you have to rebuild
everything yet again. You can’t seem to organise, prioritise, complete work and home-related
tasks in a time-scale that suits, which then has a knock-on effect on relationships, finances, your
self esteem and confidence.

That was me.

Looking back on my life, my battles and ultimately my success, I figured I could put what I had
learnt over the years of fighting, surviving, evolving (mentally, emotionally and spiritually) to good

Repackaging the negativity and flipping it to create something positive, Life Coaching for people
like Us with a course, created for You, by Me, called Coaching The Foundations of Life.

This 8 session 1:2:1 course is designed for those who may be coming to terms with ADHD, or
have been diagnosed in the last few years and are looking for a way to work on the impactful
aspects of the condition, whilst building on the innate ability and resilience we all have (but may
not be able to see) from the ground up.

We kick off the course with an Outcome Star Assessment, using both the Mental Health
Recovery & ADHD Outcome Stars, this will give us both an idea of where you are currently in life,
a benchmark to progress from.

Once we have completed those we will work on your pillars, what are those? Well, the areas of
your life that hold it all up, I figured I had four, and if they were maintained everything else in my
life seemed to flow and was easier to manage. You’ll uncover yours.

You will learn to goal-set weekly, I’ll be your accountability buddy through the course and you will
take a deep dive into each area of your life that you want to improve, which is measured at the
end by a reassessment with the Outcome Stars and a session on what your goal in life really is,
because now you have a solid foundation in place, you can start to build your Cathedral.

Anything is possible. You can. You Will

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11 reviews for Matt Shepley Coaching

  1. Margy

    I received a late-stage adult diagnosis of ADHD towards the beginning of this year.

    It was bittersweet in that I was experiencing relief that I finally understood why I’ve always struggled in certain areas of my life and there was an element of grief for all the things that could have been.

    I had tentatively applied to study for a degree at university which has been a dream of mine since I was a teenager, I’m 47 now.

    I had a lot of self-doubt. I’ve spent the last 18 years or so caring for my children, my confidence was shattered and I was in a place mentally where I was considering giving up hope of ever getting there.

    I booked eight sessions in order to initially get my head around exactly how my ADHD impacts me and to build strategies to help me to succeed in day to day life.
    I knew straight away that I could work with Matt. He’s completely reliable, easy to talk to and for the first time, in a very long time, I felt like I had someone on my side who actually believed in me and my abilities to go back into education.

    I like that Matt has a holistic approach. In the sense that any difficulties I was facing, ADHD related or not, he helped me to make sense of, talk through and then made me feel strong enough to deal with them.

    Matt doesn’t do the work for you, he somehow facilitates a space where you’re doing the work and your own problem solving and he skilfully guides you to the solution. During my course of sessions I was dealing with a family bereavement and Matt went above and beyond to help prepare me for the funeral. I don’t think I would have coped as well as I did without his guidance.

    I’m in a position now where I start my university induction next week and I’m hopeful and excited for my new beginning. I plan to keep using the tools that Matt has given me and thanks to my coaching I can now see a clear path to progress and I know exactly what to do when I face obstacles.

    I’m living proof that it’s never too late to do what you dream of and without Matt’s support and encouragement, I’d probably have just slipped back into my easy old ways of just settling for whatever life throws at me and never really being proactive in guiding my future.

    I understand my ADHD a lot better now and I can identify areas where I need extra support, this has given me so much more self-confidence. I’m finally ready to get out there, live my best life and start achieving my goals – better late than never!

  2. Jon

    “I’ve recently been diagnosed with ADHD. Nearly 50 years of negative conditioning and prejudicial learned behaviour had left me trapped in a repetitive (sometimes destructive) cycle, which had stalled my life. While the idea of unpicking all this was daunting, it was suggested that a coach might help me to understand and navigate this transition. I found Sole Survivor on the ADHD UK directory and chose to work with Matt, largely due to his structured approach and congruent profile.

    Over the course of the 8 sessions, Matt’s process allowed me to take a view of my current position, identify areas for development and challenges to overcome, revisit and clarify my core values and start building a roadmap and methodology for moving my life in the direction I want to go. An important part of this process was learning to become more comfortable with looking inward, assessing preconceptions I’d formed about myself (sometimes decades ago) and learn how to challenge these in a constructive way.

    The experience has been extremely valuable Matt has helped arm me with a clearer vision of the journey ahead and a set of tools which will help deal with any challenges on the way. His approach is highly empathetic, constructive and adaptive and much of his knowledge is drawn from his own life experiences, which helps to quickly create a strong bond with clients and trusted space in which to work.

    I can highly recommend him and his approach.”

  3. Gaynor

    Having recently been diagnosed with ADHD I was looking into what support I could get, which would better help me not only understand myself more but why I do what I do.

    I felt my life was forever going in circles and, at times, self-destructive.

    After much research and endless nights trolling for self-help answers, I contacted Matt through the ADHD website.

    Matt responded straight away. I needed that; for the first time in a long time, I felt someone wanted to listen and help.

    Matt explained his 8-week program, and honestly, on that day, I didn’t realise how this would help and CHANGE my life. I had to put the work in, and with his support, I have changed my mindset. Boundaries, life coping skills and self-worth are what I’d developed at the end of my 8 sessions.

    I know I still have things to work on and may slip back into old habits, but that’s ok my mindset is stronger, and I now have the skills to address this.

    I really can’t thank you enough.

  4. Mark

    When I met Matt I was in a sorry state with my ADHD and I thought motivation would be an issue, I needn’t of worried, I’m pleased to say that the way that this course works, it works on the areas you need help in, so motivation was something that although I’d lost, I knew that I “had it” once, so we worked on that as one of my “Pillars” to get “it” back.

    The sessions were well structured as we identified what pillars I needed to structure my life on.

    Once identified I would spend the time in between sessions trying out strategies we came up with and tested them out. Not everything worked straight away but there were some pleasant surprises for me. The ones that were not as good were quickly identified and I tried the goal again.

    The sessions are very much client led with Matt’s input being invaluable. The real test was the assessment at the end of the session using the Star Chart, where I could see how far I had come and I was proud.

    The comparison between then and now was amazing. It was clear that I felt totally different, more positive about key areas of my life. It was a privilege to be coached by Matt.

    All I would implore you to do if given the opportunity to do so is engage with the process to get the best from it.

  5. Ben

    I needed coaching because I was feeling overwhelmed, both in my personal and professional life. Matt is an excellent coach who helped me better understand myself, my ADHD, and how to work with it to achieve my goals.

    I’m now much more confident managing my time, pacing projects, and keeping track of my progress. I feel calmer, happier, and more positive about the future! I’d recommend Matt to anyone who wants help managing the complexities of life with ADHD.

  6. Sarah

    Good afternoon Matt,

    Hi, I hope you are having a lovely day. My name is Sarah, and I am married to John. Sometimes in life, things happen, and it takes time to recover and get over them. Sometimes big things occur and nothing and seemingly no one can help.

    We were glad that John was given the opportunity to have time allocated with you to help him. I know he was dubious as he had been given this support when issues first happened years ago. It was clear to me that after just 2 sessions, he was becoming a little more confident and able to begin to talk properly about the past.

    I was always there in the past, but I honestly saw no signs of the breakdown he had until the day it all went terribly wrong. The support John had always received was basically non-existent from his work and everything always seemed so hopeless. I felt hopeless as I did not know what to do to help so medication from the doctor was the only solution…..

    I just want to say thank you. I cannot say this without a tear as you have given me back my husband. He never left me in body but for many years John was there – just there. We existed and I always loved him but my John who I married was not there.

    You have given him everything he needed, the confidence, and the ability to put it all into perspective and to use his strategies when little hiccups happen – we are moving in 12 weeks, and I really thought and expected him to wobble but no it is all right.

    Above all you helped him to talk- John just didn’t speak as much for a long time. He spoke but didn’t chat….. he now chats…. 😊 but he is back to being our funny, chatty, and above all, happy husband, and dad.

    I am so grateful, and I hope many more people are blessed by the work you do. You have an amazing gift.

  7. Cathy C

    “Before coaching sessions with Matt I’d spent my time rollercoastering through life trying to survive. Listening to other people about what I “should” do. I had never stopped to think about what I wanted or needed. This resulted in long periods of depression, anxiety and OCD symptoms.
    I’ve suffered two major traumatic events at the ages 14 and 30. These events have massively impacted my development and mental health. I was eventually diagnosed with PTSD at 36.
    Working with Matt on my ‘Foundations of Life’ has enabled me to really consider what I need to have a stable and sustainable life. I’m now hopeful for the future. I highly recommend this coaching process”
    – Cathy C
    Thanks for everything Matt.

  8. Michael

    “I think the best way of summing up my experience with the program is what I said in my final session: ‘If you went back in time and gave me the tasks I’m now doing routinely at the end of the program, to me at the start of the program; I would wonder what on Earth you were trying to do to me.

    With Matt’s help, I’ve come a long way from where I was at the start, I certainly wouldn’t have seen myself being the version of me I am now without it.

    Matt was great throughout, he was patient, and understanding, but also knew when and where I needed a little prod in the right direction. The program was easy to understand and very clear, as long as you apply yourself to this model it should work.

    I made sure I did and I’m reaping the rewards now. At times it was hard pushing myself out of my comfort zone but I’m glad I did.

    The program is also very client centred, with pretty much everything that I’ve ended up doing being my idea more or less.
    Matt chipped in here and there with suggestions if I requested them but this was all at my request.

    This focus on everything coming from me made the ultimate benefits to me that much greater, plus it’s given me confidence that I can make good decisions that will benefit myself.

    Overall the program has given me a much clearer idea of what I want out of life, and how I need to go about reaching those goals. Now, it’s just a matter of continuing to apply myself like I did during the program. I would recommend this program to anyone who feels their life isn’t going where they want it to be going since it will give that bit of guidance and structure to let them get their life back on track.

  9. Nic

    I started the course 8 weeks ago struggling a little bit with some things in my life that were on the recovery outcome star.
    We spent the next weeks working on it all and I feel like it has helped me a lot, I have improved my physical health and my social life as well which was a massive problem when we started the sessions.
    It was very useful and made me understand life a bit more and how everything works in day to day life.

  10. Carl

    Having been recently diagnosed with ADHD and also coming out of a 23-year relationship with my wife, I started Life coaching sessions with Matt from Sole Survivor.

    I found the sessions extremely helpful and supportive. I was able to set clear goals from week to week. Matt clearly set out pillars of strength to keep me on a stable path By the end of the course, I was able to see how far I had come, and the improvements I had made, with both my mental health and also my existing and new relationships. Matt is very helpful by nature and the sessions were enjoyable and informative

    I would strongly recommend Matt and Sole Survivor for life coaching and mentor support.

  11. Thomas

    I got run over in my teens which began nearly a two-decade nightmare journey to get help. Help that I asked GPs and various doctors for but didn’t get, largely due to them not seeing me as someone with ADHD and instead as someone with treatment-resistant depression, anxiety, and later just a hypochondriac or someone only after drugs.

    This made me much worse and I was given the wrong medications and therapies which was a very confusing time. I gave up on asking them for help but got addicted to pretty much everything, especially with a physical withdrawal.

    Eventually, I got diagnosed with ADHD and after a few other hurdles like getting covid and then long covid, I was able to start getting back into the world and meeting new people I started going to the ADHD group in Birkenhead and then began coaching with Matt.

    Before I started the coaching process I was unsure if I was physically or mentally able to start working again after many years of being out of work. With Matt’s help, I have been able to start volunteering and have updated my design portfolio with new work for the first time in years I’m now much better equipped to handle stuff that most people probably take for granted such as knowing how many hours I can work a day before getting too tired (something you definitely need to know before you start applying for jobs!) and refreshing skills I haven’t used properly for years.

    This is why I think Matt is great at what he does. He was able to apply his skills to different areas of my life that I needed help with and he did it in a way that allowed me to have the realisations for myself through different tactics and strategies such as using a physical handwritten monthly planner and tracking the amount of time spent doing certain tasks and writing down the hours I was able to be creative in a day. This helped me build a better picture and understanding of what was going on and how to apply it to the overall goal of working again. The sessions seemed to fly by too (which if you have ADHD you know rarely happens) and they had a clear focus that built upon the previous sessions that ended with a goal based around something I wanted or needed to do that week, something that people with ADHD rarely do on their own accord so having help to visualise and prioritise what those tasks actually were was really helpful.

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