Carol Maynard Psychotherapy & Counselling
I work with adults, couples & young people.
I work indoors face to face & online through Zoom.
I work outdoors in nature with walk & talk, outdoor therapy & wilderness therapy.
I work in Stockport & Wilmslow. which is great for Cheshire & South Manchester
Happy to do a free video or phone call initially - contact me to arrange this
My work covers: family & childhood, health, body aches & pains, eating, addiction, depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, extreme emotions, low self esteem, shame, relationships, codependency, marriage, divorce & separation, work, existential dilemmas, self exploration, life improvement or just not feeling right.
Passionate about: I am passionate about helping people understand why they think, feel & act the way they do, helping people gain awareness about how they relate to themselves & others, understanding the root of it all, helping people get unstuck, the connection between body-mind-emotions-lifestyle-experiences, understanding what the body is trying to tell us or can tell us, understanding clients language & helping them finding language for what they are experiencing, helping therapy being accessible to clients, clients feeling safe & secure & being in it together with clients on their journey.
Individual work: My focus with individuals is based in Transactional Analysis (TA) Psychotherapy, which for me is a really accessible form of therapy & one that made total sense to me when I started personal therapy. I also believe that all experiences & emotions are stored in the body, so often I ask clients to notice what’s happening in their bodies to match the situation or thought to help gain awareness. I am a ‘why’ person & believe you need to go backwards to understand & acknowledge in order to go forwards. I enjoy helping clients be curious, join the dots, peel back the layers, gain awareness & to have a different experience in life.
Couples work: The work I do with clients is based around Imago Couples Therapy. Imago is the latin for ‘image’ & is the term used for the unconscious image we hold for our potential partner, the ‘unconscious image of familiar love.’ Imago was introduced by Harville Hendrix & helps couples understand why they were attracted to each other, teaches them about the stages of a relationship & helps them understand how they got in to difficulty. It provides knowledge & tools to have a different & better relationship, improved communication & an understanding of each other’s feelings & childhood wounds.
What I am not: If you are looking for a ‘quick 'fix’ or just purely coping mechanisms, I may not be the right person for you. I would imagine my approach might be too in-depth & I might ask you too many questions. I may also not be right for you if you are just looking to come for one session, if you are not wanting to enquire & find out ‘why’ or to consider links with past experiences & what was modelled or not modelled to you in childhood.
Interested in: attachment theory, trauma work, the effects of childhood trauma & neglect, self-worth & boundaries, codependency, relationships, the roots of anxiety along with the types & how it presents, body therapy, psycho-somatic sensations, Imago couples therapy, nature as therapy, working with children to reduce future emotional distress in adulthood.
The journey: began in 2014 with personal therapy & from believing I should be able to sort myself out to knowing everyone can benefit from therapy. Found therapy tough but great & life changing. Went from not knowing what my feelings & emotions were or where to find them to being able to recognise them & talk about them. I felt lighter, less anxious & more able to cope with situations. Started training as a psychotherapist in 2016 & seeing clients from 2018. Learnt a huge amount about myself & ended the 4 year course a different person & ready to give that to others.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training: Level 4 Diploma in ‘Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy from an Integrative Perspective’ from The Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy / 101 Transactional Analysis Certificate / Imago Couples Relationship Therapy / Acceptance & Commitment Therapy / Taking Therapy Outside / Taking Therapy Online / Level 3 Certificate in Advanced Wilderness Therapeutic Interventions / Somatic Body Therapy
Registered / Accredited
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National Counselling Society
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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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Different costs based on type of therapy & whether it is individual or couples work. Please get in touch to discuss on 07967 108376 or email me.
Please contact me for availability as this varies week to week. Typically I work between 9am-5pm Monday to Thursday & 9am-12pm on Friday