Carol Maynard

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Psychotherapy & Counselling for Couples & Individuals
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Wilmslow SK9 & London N1
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About me

I work UK wide with a base in South Manchester / Cheshire & clients typically based across Manchester, Cheshire, London & Surrey areas, along with some clients in Europe.

I WORK WITH; adults, couples & young people.
I WORK FACE TO FACE; indoors & outdoors in Cheshire & South Manchester areas in Cheadle & Wilmslow.
I WORK ONLINE; UK wide & internationally through Zoom with a hub of clients over Zoom across London & Surrey.
I WORK OUTDOORS; in nature with walk & talk, outdoor therapy & wilderness therapy

FOR COUPLES I also offer private couples therapy days & weekends, these can be UK wide for face to face & at clients houses. 

MY WORK COVERS; family & childhood, inner child, health issues, body aches & pains, eating, depression, anxiety, stress, abuse & sexual violence, negative belief systems, trauma, PTSD, Complex PTSD, attachment, relationships, codependency, marriage, divorce & separation.

THERAPY FOCUS; The three pillars of my work are Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy, Imago Couples Therapy  & Somatic Body Therapy. Across this I work relationally & / or with a trauma focused approach.

Happy to do a free video or phone call initially - contact me to arrange this.

Please note practice times are typically between 9am-5.30pm, no evenings or weekends.

WHY YOU MIGHT COME TO THERAPY; You might be feeling down, stuck, confused, experiencing really difficult emotions. Maybe you are experiencing high levels of anxiety. You may have experienced a particular challenging or traumatic event or series of events. You might have been thinking about it for sometime & then saying to yourself & others, no I'm fine; there are many clients who when they first come say they don't usually talk to anybody. Perhaps you are continuously doubting yourself & being critical of yourself. You may have tried self-help & you are finding yourself in the same patterns. You may want to understand some patterns you've noticed. You may be going through relationship difficulties or there seems to be no other alternative but to break up. You might feel helpless or hopeless. And you may want information & to understand why & you may also want to see shifts in your life. 

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 I help clients learn what’s happening in their bodies & use this to achieve shifts & change. I am a ‘why’ person & believe you need to go backwards to understand & acknowledge in order to go forwards. This includes body & emotional regulation techniques. I enjoy helping clients be curious, join the dots, peel back the layers, gain awareness & to have a different experience in life. Some clients want information & some clients are looking for information & change, both are okay. I also work with 'parts' theory & use creative techniques to help clients with understanding. 

COUPLES WORK; The work I do with clients is based in Imago Couples Therapy (ICT). 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 & resources to have a different & better relationship, improved connection, a new way of communicating & an understanding of each other’s feelings, experiences & wounds. I work with the Imago Dialogue process which provides a safe space to develop understanding, communication, validation & empathy. I really believe in the Imago process & see the difference working in this way with the client being the relationship itself & the understanding & communication being between the couple, as opposed to directed at the therapist. 

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. And for couples I direct & facilitate the work to be between you both & not me as central; Imago therapy is couple centric as opposed to therapist centric.

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. Also passionate about giving couples an opportunity to explore an alternative to splitting or divorce. And seeing how couples can reconnect is amazing! 

INTERESTED IN; attachment theory, trauma work, the effects of childhood trauma & neglect, self-worth & boundaries, relationships, the roots of anxiety along with the different types of anxiety & how it presents, body therapy, psycho-somatic sensations, how couples work, the nature of relationships, nature as therapy.

THE JOURNEY; my journey began in 2014 with personal therapy & from believing I should be able to sort myself out to then 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 & feel them. I felt lighter, less anxious & more able to cope with difficult situations. Started training as a psychotherapist in 2016 & began seeing clients in February 2018. Learnt a huge amount about myself & ended the 4 year course a different person & ready to give that to others.

Training, qualifications & experience


- Level 4 Diploma in ‘Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy from an Integrative Perspective’ from The Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy
- 101 Transactional Analysis Certificate 
- Imago Couples Therapy - Level 1 & Level 2 Clinical Skills 
- Certificate in Trauma Focused Therapy
- Certificate in Taking Therapy Outside - Understanding Therapeutic Practice in Outdoor Natural Spaces
- Taking Therapy Online 
- Advanced Wilderness Therapeutic Interventions 
- Somatic Body Therapy
- Acceptance & Commitment Therapy


- The Inner Child from Various Perspectives 
- Working with Trauma: The Fundamentals
- Attachments and How They Change Across the Lifetime 
- Courageous Conversations in Clinical Supervision
- Autism is Not a Personality 'Disorder':  Misdiagnosis and Stigma
- Working with Depression and TA
- Exploring Personality Adaptations in Relationships
- Habitual Worry, Repetitive Fantasizing, and Obsession
- Nurturing Mums: Supporting & Understanding Post Natal Care
- Childhood Sexual Abuse: The Body Keeps The Score
- Anger Rage & Relationship 
- Sex and Sexual Problems
- Shame, Sex, and the Body
- Growing up with Shame: Children of Shame
- Subtle Poison of Shame: How We Unwittingly Hurt Each Other & Pass Shame on
- Boarding School Survivors Support Conference 2021
- Relational Methods in TA Psychotherapy & Counselling
- 7 Keys for Working Successfully w/ Men in Therapy
- The Neuroscience of Being in a Couple 
- Integrating the Body  - Neuroscience
- Introduction to the Nervous System  - Neuroscience

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Therapies offered

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Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Trainee counsellors

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Cigna
  • WPA

Additional information

There are different costs per session based on the type of therapy, affordability of the client, the length of the session & whether it is individual or couples work. I offer low cost, mid cost & full cost & work on a cost bracket basis for each level. Please get in touch to discuss on 07967 108376 or email me at 

When I work

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Typically I work 9am-5pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday, not a Wednesday. Dependent on availability I may be able to offer evening or weekend sessions at an additional cost of £20. 

7 Hawthorn Lane, Brighter Spaces, Wilmslow, Cheshire East, SK9 1AA

2 Prebend Street, London, Greater London, N1 8PT

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

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Carol Maynard
Carol Maynard