Max Dobres Msc PGdip MBACP

Max Dobres Msc PGdip MBACP


Oakedene Road

07570 971704

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Oakedene Road

07570 971704

About me

Feel better, calmer and more in control. Start with six weeks of brief therapy. This will help you focus on your main area of distress; build initial insights and strategies; and identify practical steps for change. Then you decide whether to carry on or take a break.

If you are worried, anxious or depressed I can help you identify underlying issues and beliefs and make a change so you can feel better, calmer and more in control.

My name is Max, and I am a qualified registered and accredited counsellor and psychotherapist working in the Cobham/Leatherhead/Bookham area of Surrey. I work from a quiet private consulting room in Little Bookham and you can come and see me during the day or the evening from Tuesday to Friday.

Starting with Short Term Therapy can accelerate the benefits of counselling

Those seeking counselling often ask “How long will it take for me to see real results”. The answer of course is “It depends” on a whole list factors from the nature of the distress to the experiences of the client and their readiness to change.

Short term or brief counselling, of around six weeks is often suggested for well-defined issues like a specific life crisis or an important decision, but can it be helpful for more deep seated issues such depression or anxiety? And how do you tell if your issue requires brief or long term therapy?

In my view this over simplifies the choice. It assumes the two forms of therapy are mutually exclusive. I believe You can get the best of both worlds by starting off with a well bounded six week program of therapy and then at the end of the six weeks deciding in conversation with your counsellor whether that is sufficient or whether to carry on for another block of six weeks.

This combined approach has many benefits:

  • An initial six week focus will cover an exploration and assessment of the issue, development of initial insights and strategies and identifying practical steps for change.
  • In six weeks you can build a relation of trust with your counsellor and feel heard.
  • The six sessions end with a summary and review so you know what progress you are making.
  • The six weeks may be enough to empower you to make the changes you want.
  • You have the choice to carry on with further counselling sessions, in which case you would have built a firm foundation and have a better idea of what you want to achieve.
  • The six week focus keeps the responsibility with you for deciding how much counselling is needed and the regular six week reviews make sure that both you and your counsellor keep focused on the issues important to you.
  • Some clients take breaks between six week blocks of counselling in order to apply what they have learnt and then return to continue their journey of personal growth.
  • You can decide at any time to leave counselling, you only pay for the sessions you have used.

Many of my clients do find that six weeks is enough to relieve their distress, while others carry on for an extended period.

Counselling is about helping you to live your life better.

Part of that is ensuring that you remain in the driving seat and aware of the importance of making choices. Starting with a well bounded set of six counselling sessions can help maintain focus and accelerate progress.

At our first meeting I will listen to your concerns and explain how therapy works. If for some reason, you decide therapy is not for you, then there is no obligation to continue. You will find that just talking things through will help you feel better.

My other clients tell me that they value the ability to talk freely about what is on their mind, without feeling judged and without having to try to be someone they don’t want to be. You will be able to talk openly about your worries and anxieties. It is likely that it will be a great relief to finally talk things through.

Call me now on: 07570 971704 to arrange an initial meeting

or email me at:

About me:

I have a Masters Degree (Msc) in Psychology and a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling. I can help you if you are struggling with relationship challenges, feelings of anxiety and depression. Together we will clarify and understand the sources of your anxiety and strong emotions. You will become able to manage them better and reduce their impact so they can live their lives on a more even keel and feel calmer and more in control.

Common sources of stress and anxiety

I have dealt with clients who are struggling with:

  • General Anxiety
  • Social Anxiety
  • Depression and Stress
  • Low Self-Esteem and Lack of Confidence
  • Bereavement and Loss
  • Relationship Issues and Divorce
  • Anger and other Emotional Difficulties
  • Retirement Planning.

Counselling and Psychotherapy help you clarify and understand your sources of anxiety and emotional pain, so you feel better, calmer and more in control. Call me for a brief chat.

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold the following qualifications:

  • Msc in Applied Psychology
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling  (PGDip)
  • Mentalization-Based Treatment: Certified Practitioner

I have undertaken further training in topics such as:

  • Mentalisation
  • Attachment
  • Bereavement
  • Behavior Analysis
  • Mindfulness

I am a:

Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy  (MBACP Accred)

I have experience working with GP referrals and self referrals  with issues such as: anxiety and social anxiety, depression, stress, low self-esteem and lack of confidence, relationship issues and divorce, anger and other emotional difficulties.

I have worked at a hospice with bereavement and loss and I am a mentor at the Surrey University Technology Centre.

Before training as a counsellor and psychotherapist I spent over 20 years in industry, in the U.K. Europe and the United States.

I subscribe to the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

I am registered by the BACP under the scheme administered by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care who are accountable to parliament.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


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Call me for a brief chat or just arrange a one off meeting to see how you get on:


Each session costs £45.   (£35 for Students)

Sessions last 50 minutes and are usually at the same agreed time each week.

Initial Meeting
We can arrange an initial meeting, where I will listen to your concerns and explain in more detail how therapy works. If for some reason, you decide therapy is not for you, then there is no obligation to continue.

To set up a first counselling meeting give me a call on 07570 971704. If I am not there please leave a message giving me a good time to call you. The message system is confidential, only I listen to the messages.

Or Email me on:

Further information

For more Information, visit my website:

Maps & Directions

Bookham, KT23
Cobham, KT11

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Tuesday to Friday. Daytime and evening appointments available.

Types of client

Older adults
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