Annette Maylam BA (Hons) / MBACP (Accred) Counsellor & Psychotherapist

Annette Maylam BA (Hons) / MBACP (Accred) Counsellor & Psychotherapist

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27 Sandringham Avenue
SW20 8JY

020 8543-8503 / 07968 721 061

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27 Sandringham Avenue
SW20 8JY

020 8543-8503 / 07968 721 061

About me

Asking for help can be hard.  Sometimes it may be difficult to make sense of what is going on in your life and within yourself. You want someone to listen to you but find it difficult to chose the right person. My aim is to help you gain a deeper understanding of whatever is troubling you, and to help find a positive outcome no matter how deep you feel you have sunk. In essence anything that involves you is appropriate to bring to therapy.

Irrespective of what my clients bring I always see them first and foremost as people, and not a set of symptoms with a diagnostic label. 

About Me

When I started my journey as a therapist I had no idea what to expect but it felt right. As an intuitive person who is also quite practical, I truly value and appreciate the realness of people.

Everyone experiences change in their life and even when we want change the transition can be difficult, as I discovered when I decided to leave my career in Public Relations after 20 years. With any change we will encounter loss, so it's not surprising that we sometimes chose to resist it. Letting go of my familiar way of life was at times painful and isolating, but also enriching, opening up opportunities for growth.    I am glad that the path has not been an easy one, after all, my clients are real people with real issues and I trust that my life experiences and professional training have qualified me to support another human being on their journey.

I work with individuals and couples going through significant life changes e.g. relationship issues, job loss, career change, life-threatening illness, bereavement, mid-life crisis, which result in feelings of isolation, insecurity, desperation and depression.  I also have experience of working with sexual abuse, trauma and violence. I have several years experience of working with different social and cultural client groups

My focus is to help you feel heard and accepted and to make sense of what is happening.

What is my approach?

My approach is humanistic/person-centred with the focus on the client as a whole person rather than a combination of symptoms.  I offer the client a safe and accepting space and work according to their needs.  I have chosen this approach as it accords most closely with my own experience and philosophy. I believe that respect for my clients and providing them a nurturing environment will allow them to fully access their own resources. I believe that working in this way will facilitate the development of greater self-awareness and provide a greater capacity to address changes in life. it is important for me to be sensitive to meet my clients wherever they are in the moment, and this may change from session to session.

Training, qualifications & experience


BA (Hons) Person-Centred Counselling - Middlesex University

Diploma Person-Centred Counselling - Metanoia Institute

Diploma in Psychological Counselling - Roehampton University

Practitioner Certificate in Couples Work - Metanoia Institute

Specialist training in Relationship Therapy

Specialist training in Bereavement and Trauma

Specialist training in Play Therapy

Accredited Member of BACP

Listed on the United Kingdom Register of Counsellors /Psychotherapists

Member of Metanoia Institute, a well-established educational charity, specialising in the professional training of counsellors, psychotherapists, counselling psychologists, supervisors, coaches and organisational development consultants.


I have worked for a number of organisations including: Wandsworth Bereavement Service, Cruse Bereavement Care, Wimbledon Guild Counselling Service, and Wandsworth Prison. I have a particular interest in working with loss and bereavement and feelings of isolation, loneliness, anxiety and depression.  I also have experience of working with people going through life changing experiences.  I continue to work as a therapist within the Wimbledon Guild Counselling Service, and also Place2Be, working in primary schools giving children the opportunity to express their feelings through talking, creative work and play.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Some of the issues I have experience working with include:

loss of sexual desire
communication problems
Anger management
power issues
cultural differences
fertility and IVF
sexual difficulties
family pressures
work stress
financial worries
life changes


My fee is currently £55 for individual fifty minute session or £80.00 for couples. However, I also offer a reduced fee if you are on a low income or unemployed which is negotiable according to your ability to pay. This is also applicable for students or counsellors in training.

Maps & Directions

Wimbledon, SW20 8JY

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


I am available during the week from Monday to Friday - my last appointment is at 8.00p.m. I recommend that we have a brief telephone conversation prior to making the first appointment.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
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