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About me

Covid information at the bottom of this text

How I work and a bit about me
My name is Carley, before my training I often found myself working with people in such a way that equality was the foundation of the relationship. Since qualifying I have continued to value equality within the therapeutic relationship, alongside developing trust and having a space where there is acceptance and is free from judgement. This is my aim in my practice. I will always welcome you into the therapy space as you are in the moment in time. So please don’t feel you need to be anything other then you are.

As part of my journey to becoming a Counsellor I have under taken personal therapy myself. This experience has supported me to work on my own material as well as understanding what it is like to be a client in a therapy session. My personal experience of counselling has supported me in my personal life as well as to be able to work with people at depth in the therapy space. I also understand that starting counselling can be difficult and challenging.

What is integrative counselling
Integrative counselling works by looking at you as a whole person, with this we look at your mental, physical and emotional needs. As your counsellor I will use techniques and tools from different modalities to create an individual approach for you.

The main model of counselling I use is the Humanistic approach. This approach allows us to work with what you choose to bring to the session and explore your experiences from your perspective. Key to this is that you experience the Counsellor as accepting and non-judgemental which is what I aim for in each session.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: This type of therapy focuses on your thoughts and reactions to your thoughts. The aim is to work with you to find tools and techniques you can practice to break your patterns of behaviour that are causing you difficulties.

Psychodynamic : This type off therapy allows us to look at things at a deeper level. We can work together to identify unhelpful patterns that might be having an impact on your life and relationships. This maybe something your are aware of already or they maybe unconscious. An example of this might be: we explore past experiences in your life where you first started displaying patterns of behaviours or even look at messages that were projected on to you that lead you to display certain patterns of behaviours. i.e. “I am so rubbish there is no point me trying a different carer as I won’t succeed!” your response may be to not move forward in life and stay stuck and unhappy. We could explore when did you first start receiving and believing this message that your rubbish, and look at it is something you want to continue to believe ……. We work from there. please note this is just a scenario
I am able to offer Counselling which is a short term therapy, were we will explore your immediate problems and focus on your thoughts and feelings connected to them.

I am also able to offer psychotherapy which is a longer term therapy and the work may enter into a deeper level and we will have the time to explore yourself at Many depths with looking at all areas of your life. Entering into long term psychotherapy can give you a chance to develop a deeper understanding of self and lead to self-acceptance.

First Point of contact- I'd request you either email me or text to enquire about setting up our first meeting.

1st Meeting
Our first meeting will be an assessment session, this is a space for us to meet and get to know each other and start to see if working together might be helpful for you. I will speak about the service I offer andconfidentiality with in the counselling space, fees, availability and my cancellation policy, you will have the opportunity to ask me questions. AT the end of the initial session there will be space for you to reflect upon the experience and we can agree a time scale in which you can contact me to let me know if you would like to begin to work together.

If we move on to a subsequent session, we will explore the length of our contract with considering your personal circumstances. I aim to review our sessions every 6-8 weeks as It’s important that you feel able to explore where you are within your therapy.
The sessions will be 50 minutes long, Due to my own availability I request we both commit to the same time and place on a weekly basis. Unless you have, holiday, appointments or personal circumstance that is important to you. I request the fee is paid prior session via bacs transfer or in cash at the beginning of session. I have a 24 hour cancellation policy otherwise the full fee is required.

Im able to offer Online counselling or face to face.

Here are aspects to consider for online counselling.

How it works Webcam counselling
Zoom is a way for you to see your counsellor face-to-face from your computer whilst engaging in therapy. You will be guided through setting up your own encrypted Zoom account and you will meet your counsellor on Zoom at a time that you have previously arranged. Sessions are 50 minutes in length. Being able to see your counsellor gives you more of the benefits you get from face-to- face counselling but with the convenience of online therapy. By talking you hear tone of voice which is a way to convey empathy and with video you see non- verbal communications such as facial expressions.

Online counselling like most things has its benefits and limitations. Please have a look over the list below and if you have any questions please send me an email.

  • Counselling therapy from your own home or place you feel safe and at a time that suits you
    Therapy at a time, place and pace that suits you
  • Access to counselling may be more immediate
  • Flexibility to choose the technology you feel is best for you: live chat or webcam
  • Things to consider that may create limitations
    Are you comfortable using internet technology?
  • Would you prefer to see your counsellor face-to-face? ?
  • Do you feel your situation is too complex to discuss via the internet?
  • Is there a safe space for you and your computer that you can use privately without interruption?
  • Confidentiality
  • Online counselling therapy take place within a secure, encrypted environment to offer you confidentiality and safety.
  • Webcam counselling take advantage of the encrypted services offered by Zoom and I will guide you through setting up a free account for your therapy.
  • If you would like to have face to face counselling, please take a look at my covid agreement below.

Covid Agreement
This is a mutual agreement between your self and I. So, we can practice face to face sessions securely.

·     I will not attend our session if I have any of the Covid symptoms. If this does happen we can arrange an online session at our same agreed time. This will still be the same fee as our face to face session. If you are unable to attend online session there will still be a payable fee of £20.
·     I will not attend our session if I have been contacted by NHS test and trace and been told to self-Isolate. If this situation occurs we will follow the same procedure as above.
·     I will sanitise hands on entering and leaving the room and will enter and leave the building wearing a face covering.
·     I will allow for a temperature check on arrival and I as your counsellor will also check my own temperature in your presents.
·     As your counsellor I will wear a face shield in our session and will be your desecration if you wish to wear face covering in our session.
·     I am unable to provide water or drinks due to Covid so request you bring your own if you wish.
·     I will pay for the session via Bank transfer were possible before the session.
·     I will keep to social distance guidelines in the counselling space.
I as your counsellor will abide to the same agreement as above regarding how we practice safely with face to face sessions. If for any reason I have to cancel our session no fee will be expected.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling
  • bacp accredited diploma in intergrettive counselling course
  • Introduction to sand tray
  • Understanding imposter syndrom
  • first aid trained

I have experience in working with

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • struggles of being a parent
  • low self esteem
  • suicide ideations
  • infidelity in a marriage
  • conceiving difficulties
  • disturbed thoughts
  • separation anxiety
  • feelings of isolation and loneliness
  • Relationship difficulties
  • dissociation
  • bereavement
  • Historical child abuse

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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).

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Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers

Additional information

Initial Assessment session - £20

Sessions thereafter - £35


Contact me for availability

Further information

If you have any questions drop me an email or a text.

The Christopher Centre
10 Gainsborough Street
CO10 2EU

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

Unfortuantly I am situated upstairs so limited accessibility

Carley Maxim MBACP

Carley Maxim MBACP