Maxine O'Brien Accredited BACP - Counsellor & Sex and Relationship Therapist

Maxine O'Brien Accredited BACP   -  Counsellor & Sex and Relationship Therapist

The Shaftesbury Centre
Percy Street

07970 684558

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The Shaftesbury Centre
Percy Street

07970 684558

About me

Talking about sex, sexuality and relationships can be extremely difficult. Our own feelings of shame can keep us feeling trapped and feel that there is nowhere to go. I offer a non judgemental space to be able to talk sensitively working to resolve issues.  We will agree the focus of the work from the outset and keep this in mind throughout the journey together. We will work together to facilitate change in the areas you feel are needed.

My Services:

I work with both couples and individuals welcoming all gender and sexual orientations.

I offer:

Relationship Counselling working with Individuals/Couple/Group Counselling - All relationships can be difficult at times this may include;

  • Communication Difficulties
  • Unresolved conflict
  • Affairs and Betrayal
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Children leaving home-whats next?
  • Family problems

Sex Therapy -Talking about Sexual issues can be extremely difficult. An example of the issues I work with are:

  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Vaginismus- (painful penetration)
  • Premature Ejaculation,
  • Loss of desire,
  • Pornography Issues
  • Sex addiction/compulsivity,
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Sexual abuse
  • Kink & BDSM

Counselling - Working with Individuals

Choosing a counsellor can be difficult and it is important for you to feel comfortable to work with the counsellor of your choice. I offer a safe, confidential and non judgemental space.

Some of the issues work with are:

  • Anxiety
  • Anger management
  • Bereavement
  • Depression or low mood
  • Low self esteem/confidence
  • Managing stress
  • Work related stress
  • Weight/body image issues

I am a registered member of The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and College of Sexual and Relationship Therapist (COSRT)

I work using a Transactional Analysis (TA) model.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have worked with a wide variety of people from all walks of life, including military personnel & families, issues around caring for family members and student counsellors. For many years I have worked supporting victims of rape, and understand some of the feelings and emotions this can present.

Diploma in Counselling (MBACP)

Diploma in Couples Counselling

Advanced Training in Psychosexual Therapy

Foundation in Transactional Analysis

3 years in Integrative Counselling

Solution Focused Therapy

30 hours training in Obesity issues

Mental Health First Aid Certificate

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Military Issues- serving personnel and families.
Carers looking after family members including Dementia
Work related Stress
Student Counsellors


Initial Assessment -£50
Individuals - £50 per session
Couples - £65 per session
Skype -£45 per session

Maps & Directions

Swindon, SN2 2AZ

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Days & Evenings

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme