About Us

What we do:

Mind Matters is passionate about promoting psychological health and wellbeing. We have a wealth of experience in supporting and enabling people to work through the issues that prevent them from achieving their true potential. We offer a range of interventions including: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Emotional Freedom Technique, Neuro Linguistic Programming and Mindfulness.

Having witnessed the incredible emotional release and seen the significant changes people can make to their lives following a course of intervention, Mind Matters are proud to continue to offer our highly successful services in our well established centre in Mossley. Mind Matters also offers therapy using the telephone and via Skype for those who are unable to attend one of the clinics.

Mind Matters welcomes clients from across Saddleworth, Manchester, Lancashire, Yorkshire and Cheshire.

All our sessions are completely confidential unless there is risk to self or others. The therapists at Mind Matters are qualified Cognitive Behaviour Psychotherapists and are accredited by the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). In addition to this, therapists have undergone further specialist training in a variety of different therapies. This ensures that all Mind Matters therapists have the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to provide you with safe and effective treatment.

Who we are:

Sylvia Edwards

Sylvia Edwards has over 20 years experience in the mental health field.
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Our facilities:

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The Mind Matters Centre is based at Woodend Mill, a fully refurbished textile mill in the picturesque village of Mossley, 30 minutes north east of Manchester. The local area is surrounded by natural moorland and boasts magnificent views of the Southern Pennines. The centre itself has a number of conference and meeting rooms with plenty of natural light, plus several private therapy rooms.

Our Services

What Can We Help You With?




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Therapy & Services that we offer


CBT is an intervention that helps you to look at your emotions, explore your thinking, examine your behaviour and identify the unhelpful vicious cycles we can sometimes find ourselves trapped within. It also enables you to understand the development of your beliefs and looks at how this impacts on how you currently live your life.

Often people’s negative experiences lead them to develop unhelpful beliefs which then manifest itself in the way that they then relate to the world. CBT allows you to develop and implement balanced perspectives, thus altering your behaviour, reducing your distress and allowing you to experience your life in a more positive way.

CBT is proven to be extremely useful for a wide range of issues including:
Working with our highly skilled therapists, you will firstly identify the vicious cycles that are maintaining your problems- ‘what is keeping you stuck?’ Identify how the problems have developed and what unhelpful beliefs are causing you difficulties currently. Once you have a clear understanding of exactly why you feel the way you do, together you will identify the steps to take towards change.

  • Anxiety
  • Panic
  • Phobias
  • Depression
  • Self esteem issues
  • Anger
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Eating Disorder
  • Stress
  • Assertiveness/confidence

CBT is a very practical, ‘hands-on’ kind of therapy that involves commitment during and between sessions. You and your therapist will identify tasks to be completed in between sessions to help you achieve your goals. These tasks could range from keeping a log of your mood, to reading about your condition, recording your thoughts to slowly increasing pleasurable activities. All of the tasks will be aimed at breaking your vicious cycle to allow you to move forward and achieve your goals. Your therapist will also work with you to develop a plan of how to continue using these effective techniques in the future to make sure you maintain your progress.

CBT sessions last 60 minutes and you could need anything from 6- 20 sessions depending on the complexity of your problem. Once you have met with your therapist, and have identified the main problems to be targeted in therapy, your therapist will be able to guide you as to the possible length of your therapy.

Book a session with one of CBT therapists to find out more!


At Mind Matters we offer a variety of therapeutic tools and techniques that can enable our clients to manage their mind, while revitalizing the body. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is a relatively new but increasingly popular method of therapy.

What is EFT?

Developed in the 1990’s by Gary Craig, it’s a simple and effective self help technique and therapeutic tool. It is one of the family of Meridian Therapies, which has its foundation in the recent development in Energy Psychology.

Clinical trials have shown that EFT is able to rapidly reduce the emotional impact of memories and incidents that trigger emotional distress. Once the distress is reduced or removed, the body can often rebalance itself, and accelerate healing.

How does it work?

A combination of tapping the energy meridians (pathways on the body where vocal energy flows) and voicing positive affirmations, work to clear any emotional blocks from your body. This in turn helps to efficiently and effectively restore your mind and body’s balance, which is essential for optimal health and the healing of physical disease.

How Can It Help me?

When conducted properly, EFT has been found to be useful in helping people to:

  • Manage anxiety and trauma
  • Reduce and manage phobias
  • Reduce or eliminate addictive cravings
  • Reduce or eliminate pain

Contact us to arrange and appointment to find out how EFT can help you!


As we know, often life events, other than a life or death event can leave a person feeling traumatized by the experience. These experiences can affect a persons life and prevent them from moving forward and leading the kind of life they desire.

Here at Mind Matters our therapists have been trained to the highest standard which enables them to provide treatment in a safe and effective manner.

EMDR has been shown to be a highly effective treatment for PTSD, anxiety, low self esteem as well as trauma which may have been the result of bullying, domestic violence, emotional, sexual and physical abuse. At the more severe end of the PTSD spectrum, it has also been shown to be effective in treating dissociative states.

This is an example of the problems that EMDR may be used to treat: someone who may have been bullied or a victim of domestic abuse, or experienced/witnessed traumatic events, for example road traffic accident, military vet, or a victim of crime. As a consequence of these experiences, this person may have developed certain dysfunctional beliefs about themselves. They may have the belief that they are powerless, or to blame and therefore behave in a way that reinforces and perpetuates this belief. They may continue to have symptoms of PTSD, in the form of intrusive memories, flashbacks, and nightmares. This may lead to self-esteem issues, feelings of inadequacy and a sense of vulnerability. In turn this can lead to symptoms of anxiety and depression. This may affect all areas of the persons life.

EMDR will help you process these memories and address the dysfunctional beliefs to help you move forward with your life. Please note that before any processing of memories commence, your therapist will ensure that you are emotionally equipped to deal with any distress that may arise by helping you to develop adaptive coping, calming strategies. For a full description of what EMDR is and how it works, please follow this link: www.emdrassociation.org.uk

Prior to beginning treatment, our therapists will carry out a full assessment to ensure this approach will be the most beneficial and to discuss whether this is the most appropriate form of treatment for you.

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Coaching using NLP techniques will help you identify the ingredients necessary to excel and truly be at your best. Be that in sport, career, relationships or personal/business development.

NLP will give you set of psychological tools that will help you design and live the life you truly want to lead.

NLP will help you to change unhelpful thinking patterns and the way you respond to difficult situations in order to improve the health and wellbeing of you, your relationships, your career and your life.

NLP can be used for personal development and to achieve success in business. Learn to understand how we organise our thinking, how the way we communicate affects how we feel and how this in turn impacts on how we behave- and also, how all of this impacts and influences others.

Mind Matters believes that people have all the resources they need to make the changes they want- using NLP, we will provide you with the tools required for tapping in to these resources.

NLP has been shown to be extremely useful for a range of different issues including:

  • Stop smoking/drinking/binging
  • Overcoming phobias
  • Increase your confidence/assertiveness
  • Obtaining a healthy work/life balance
  • Identifying your goals and developing a plan of how to achieve them
  • Stress management
  • Identifying your goals and developing a plan of how to achieve them
  • Life coaching
  • Career change
  • Leadership and management coaching
  • Improve your communication and persuasion skills

So… if what you are doing isn’t working, try something different! Book in with our Mind Matters NLP coach today!


Conflict Mediation

When workplace conflicts threatens communication and productivity, external mediation is often required. Mediation can resolve situations such as:
Mediation usually proves beneficial to both the individuals and the larger organisation. These include:
The process can usually take place in a single day where two complainants are involved, though may take longer if more than two colleagues take part.

  • Personality clashes and power struggles
  • Minor incidents of harassment
  • Situations where formal investigations have proved unsatisfactory

Mediation usually proves beneficial to both the individuals and the larger organisation. These include:

  • Avoidance of disruptive formal procedures
  • The potential for win/win outcomes
  • A confidential and non-judgmental environment
  • The chance to improve problem-solving and communication skills
  • Reduction in unnecessary employee sick-days
  • Prevention of costly and time consuming litigation or formal hearings
  • Increase in staff morale

If you’d like to discuss your requirements for an external conflict resolution, feel free to get in touch for a free consultation.

Mental Health Awareness Training

A huge number of work days are lost each year to absenteeism for minor illnesses such as headaches or colds. The truth is, people are often too ashamed to speak up about issues such as depression and anxiety, and so use more appropriate excuses for their absence.

Mind Matters offers tailored packages to help educate you and your team on mental health in the workplace. This can include:
The benefits for organisations are abundant – increased productivity and employee engagement, reduced workplace conflicts, and reduced absenteeism.

  • Training and information on symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression
  • group or individual ‘stressbuster’ workshops for colleagues and teams.
  • Individual CBT therapy and NLP sessions on motivation, conflict resolution, and workplace harmony

If you’d like to inquire about our Mental Health Awareness training packages, feel free to get in touch.
Therapist Supervision

Supervisory relationships are based on trust and transparency, and are focused on industry practice in order to troubleshoot problems, identify strengths and weaknesses, and share advice and experience. The end goal is to enhance service for patients and clients.

Supervision workshops also offer a fantastic opportunity to keep abreast of current developments in your field, assess ethical and privacy issues, and digest distressing information that you’ve been party to in your capacity as a therapist.

At Mind Matters, all our therapists are required to take part in supervision of their work in order to meet the stipulations of BABCP accreditation.

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Woodend Mill
Manchester Rd


07967.631.912 Sylvia



Mind Matters
132-134 Great Ancoats Street
M4 6DE



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Therapy Rooms for Rent

Apr. 10th, 2016
Individual therapy rooms and a large room available for groups, training or conferences. Available for block bookings or single events. Contact us at Mind Matters for more information.
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COMING SOON! Specialist supervision group for trauma

Apr, 2nd. 2016
Coming soon! A trauma focused supervision group for all clinicians with a specialist interest in trauma. Read on and contact us for more information.
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Courses and Workshops

Apr, 2nd. 2016
Mind Matters are proud to host a variety of external training courses and workshops. From creative writing to sand tray play therapy training, we frequently host many interesting courses and workshops. Keep a watchful eye on our website for upcoming courses. Or, if you are interested in running your own training course, workshop or meeting here, feel free to contact us on 01457 601 607.

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