Annette Maylam BA (Hons) / MBACP (Accred) Counsellor & Psychotherapist
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.
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
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Part 1, 2 & 3
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.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Dependent personality disorder
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Some of the issues I have experience working with include:
loss of sexual desire
fertility and IVF
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
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
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
|Employee Assistance Programme|