Carley Maxim MBACP Dip.

Carley Maxim MBACP Dip.

Independent Therapy Solutions Ltd
9 Manor Street

07939564245 / 07939 564245

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Independent Therapy Solutions Ltd
9 Manor Street

07939564245 / 07939 564245

About me

About me:
I value each relationship I encounter as unique, this is includes the relationship that develops between self and client. I don't believe that there is much benefit of me telling you what to do, so I take the approach of working with you to find your own way and potentially lead you to the path of being "ok" with out counselling.

As a qualified counsellor I feel that the relationship that is developed between you and I in the counselling space is vitally important. In day to day life we encounter all different types of relationships, some that feel more natural then others. This is why I believe in having a face to face assessment session and to offer you the opportunity to reflect over this, before you make a decision to enter into a counselling contract with me or not.

I have an interest in working with clients in exploring relationships that they may struggle with or that they are content with but have fears attached. This is not just relationships with another human but also relationships you may have with food, drink, drugs, exercise, sex, money or an illness etc. All things in life that are meaning full to us, means we build an attachment to them , there for you have a relationship with that object, illness or person. If you experience difficulties with a certain object or person , I can offer you a safe space to explore things in a way that is right for you and may offer you a different understanding of your self and lead you to live a more full-filled life.

What can I expect?

Our first session will be an assessment, I will speak to you about the service I offer and if you have any questions you will have the opportunity to ask me. I will also ask you questions which will help me gather background information about you. After the assessment session, I will ask that you give yourself a couple a days to decide if you feel comfortable working with me, if you are we will arrange our next session together.
Below are some cases were we may not be able to work together:

  • We feel we have not connected together.
  • Your needs could be better met with another counsellor or health care professional.
  • If during the course of therapy, adoption issues become the main focus of our work. This is because there are counsellors and agencies who specialise with adoption issues and would be more informed to work with you.

If any of the above arises within our work together, where possible we will talk through together and make an action plan that best suits you. If we decide we can work together, we will look at the amount of sessions offered to yourself. At the end of agreed number of sessions we will review how your process is going and where appropriate I will offer you further sessions.

How many sessions will you need and how often:

We will talk through this at our assessment session. I work with a belief that we are all unique and all have different reasons for coming to counselling, we are able explore what we choose in a way that is unique to our self. The amount of sessions you decide to have will depend not only on what you are wanting from counselling, but also will consider other commitments and your financial situation.
I do aim to offer consistency with sessions, with this in mind I aim to meet weekly and where possible at the same time. I understand this is not always possible. We will work the contract to suit us both.

It is important for you to know that when you have signed the contract you still have the choice to end our work together at any time. I do believe that ending sessions are an integral part of the counselling process and where possible we will try to consider this.

How I work:

I believe that we are all unique in our own way and we all react differently to life events. That’s why I work with Integrative counselling as it may help many individuals. This style of counselling draws upon different theories that may help you.

Humanistic approach: I will work from the here and now. I will invite you to look at your world from your perspective and explore choices you have, this can lead to having a deeper self-awareness.

Psychodynamic Approach: I will invite you to look at past events in your life and explore the significant of these events from your perspective as you are in present day.

CBT: I will work with you to draw attention to your thought process and your cognitive responses. We can explore the purpose of certain thoughts and responses we have and look at the choices you have in altering them.

All the above approaches integrate together and can enable you to have a deeper self-awareness and greater self-esteem.

I also acknowledge that talking about yourself may not be easy, if you wish we can also work creatively to enable yourself to express in a way that works for you.

Difference between short term counselling and long term:

Short term counselling will aim to focus on your immediate problems and explore your thoughts and feelings and look at what control you have on managing them.

Long term counselling enables us to work with deeper exploration and aims to connect your present situation to past experiences. This may give you an insight as to how you respond and feel in certain situations. In long term work you may develop a deeper understanding of self and self acceptance.

If you think I may be able to help then please contact me via email, telephone or text. All of which are confidential and only accessed by my self. (If you wish for me to call you back , please leave a message)

Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma in Integrative Counselling (BACP Accredited Course Gold Standard)2015
Level 3 in Child Counselling

Registered Member of the BACP (As a registered member of the BACP I am committed to ethical practice and in keeping with BACP requirements, within this I will continue to broaden my knowledge and experience through continuous professional development).

I have experience in working with clients who have struggled with:
- Abusive Relationships
- Thoughts of suicide
- Low self- esteem
- Bereavement
- Anxieties
- Stresses of studying
- Relationship separation
- Feelings of helplessness
- Difficulties in adjusting life with an illness
- Depression
- Relationship Difficulties such as; With self, friends, family, food, drink, exercise, out side environment......
- Parenting

- body image difficulties

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Photos & videos

  • The evolving tree
  • An inspirational Man
  • Empathy


£35 for a 50 minute session.

I offer afternoons and evening appointments on Fridays.

Cancelation policy: I require 48 hours Notice otherwise the full fee will be required.

Further information

As a registered member of the bacp I am required to attend monthly supervision.
Supervision is confidential and is important for good practice. In my supervision, I present my clients work to review it but as part of confidentiality, I do not present information that involves your personal details.

I also aim to reply to all telephone calls and emails with in 24 hours.

Maps & Directions

Braintree, CM7 3HW

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Friday’s from 2pm till 8pm

Types of client

Older adults