Maggie Lomax accredited Psychotherapist & Counsellor; PSA reg.
With over 30 years' experience and qualification as a Counsellor and Gestalt Psychotherapist, my therapeutic approach encourages you to make the changes you want in your life. The style is Humanistic, which means caring for the whole person, to help you through your distress or to develop yourself as a person. I use a relational approach, as it is only through relationship with an other that we can truly find ourselves.
I am accredited by UKAHPP as a Psychotherapist and so registered with the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. My accrediting organisation observes very high ethical standards, with a code of ethics and practice which offers you protection and ensures that you are dealt with in a fair and professional way.
The people I see professionally are individuals, couples and groups (e.g. families or work teams). It is you, the person, rather than the issues that count.
A number of my clients are or have been students from Eastleigh College Dip HE in Counselling. Counselling trainees have their own personal therapy to explore their own issues in order to become safe and effective practitioners.
I work weekdays (except Mondays and Wednesdays)and some evening appointments are available.
My successes include the following areas:
- couples counselling
- divorce and separation
- domestic abuse
- boarding school survivors and their partners
- career path
- work-related stress
- change of life direction
- stress, anxiety
- sexuality, including e.g. gay affirmative therapy
- survivors of sexual and physical abuse
- inter-cultural therapy
- miscarriage, termination
- bereavement and loss
- anger management
- issues of shame and guilt
- rehabilitation into society
- personal development
I also offer professional supervision for counsellors and psychotherapists
Some comments from former clients:
"A resting place where life was safely viewed..."
"Thank you for your help and compassion during a very difficult period of my life...
We are living our dream - thank you so much, we wouldn't have made it without your help..."
"Thank you for helping me get through my journey of grieving..."
"When I was afraid, you held my hand - because you came with me, my journey became an adventure"
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Counselling: Gestalt, the Body and the Spiritual (1998)
MSc in Social Science (Applied Social Studies) (1980)
Certificate of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (2000)
Accreditation as Counsellor (2000) and Gestalt Therapist (2001) with UKAHPP
Accreditation as Psychotherapist (2012) with UKAHPP, re-accredited 2017
Certificate in Personal Coaching (Coaching Academy) May 2013
Fellowship Member of the National Counselling Society (AR registered) October 2013
Certificate in Funeral Celebrancy (Fellowship of Professional Celebrants) November 2013
I maintain continuous professional development in therapy and group-work. I completed a modular training in Groupwork Facilitation with the Gestalt Centre, London, in 2010.
I have run a private practice in counselling and psychotherapy since 1989, and alongside this worked in public service as a probation officer (17 years' in total) and in higher education, training the next generation of counsellors. As an independent trainer I have run short courses and workshops for colleagues and organisations in the UK, and also acted as a short-term expert for the EU, training probation staff in the Czech Republic (setting up a parole system) and in Turkey (helping establish services for victims of domestic and sexual violence).
If you would like me to set up an individual training package for your organisation, please contact me.
I am also qualified with the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants, which means that I can conduct non- or semi-religious funerals, each of which is designed to be a celebration of the individual, as well as a comfort to those they have left behind.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
United Kingdom Association for Humanistic Psychology Practitioners
UKAHPP is a national accrediting organisation for all those who apply the theories of Humanistic Psychology in their work. The UKAHPP is an independent member organisation of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and the UK Register of Counsellors.
The Association is made up of a number of different membership classes e.g. Associate Members, Affiliate Members, Full Members, each with different requirements for entry. Full Members may use the initials 'MAHPP' after their names, and have undergone a rigorous accreditation procedure relevant to their discipline.
All members of the Association of Humanistic Psychology Practitioners must commit to acceptance of the UKAHPP Code of Ethical Principles, the UKAHPP Code of Practice, the UKAHPP Ethical Review Procedure and the UKAHPP Complaints Procedure.
National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.
In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Diversity and equality
Fees are normally £55 per 50 minute session. For couples the time is usually extended to 60 minutes at a fee of £65. For groups, the time and number of participants will determine the fee, which will be agreed in the initial session.
Supervision is charged at £65 per hour (£95 for one and a half hours).
Concessionary fees are sometimes available for those on low incomes. If fees are an issue, and we really want to do therapy together, we can discuss how to find a way through this in the initial appointment
For more information, please visit my web site: www.maggielomax.co.uk
For information about my accrediting organisation, see www.ahpp.org.uk
Publication: chapter 14 "Developing programmes for victims of sexual violence", pp 250 - 275 in
ed. Mary Anne McFarlane and Rob Canton (2014): Policy Transfer in criminal Justice - crossing cultures, breaking boundaries (Palgrave MacMillan).
I have facilitated a Therapists' Compassion Group for qualified counsellors and psychotherapists, because many of us feel over-burdened and can find it difficult to nurture ourselves enough. The group was self-directed and mutually supportive and came to a natural end. I would be interested in a similar such group if there were a demand, so if you would be interested, please contact me.
Registered with Counselling Directory