Denise Ela Maley Reg. MBACP, MA SoPH

Denise Ela Maley Reg. MBACP, MA SoPH


Bagnall Centre For Integrated Healthcare
71-79 Waterside

07950 404990

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Bagnall Centre For Integrated Healthcare
71-79 Waterside

07950 404990

About me

Welcome. I am a qualified psychotherapist and HR Director with a broad integrative psychotherapeutic training, which has informed my work as a focus on our relationship with ourselves, family, intimate relationships as well as work and all other relational aspects of life.

As a client, it may be that you are very clear about what the 'problem' is but not how to approach it, or it may be that you need help to discover what is causing your sense of not being 'right'. Underlying issues may also emerge through the process of exploration.

Our sessions are a safe space in which to consider your life and what you are struggling with. We can explore your thoughts and feelings in a way that is rarely possible with friends, partners or family. I am not there to judge or give advice, but to act as a mirror to foster a deeper awareness, listen attentively and patiently. I am training in integrating a broad range of therapeutic techniques ( Jungian, Transpersonal and Psychodynamic) always suited to your preferences such as breath regulations, relaxation exercises, guided visualisations, working with your dreams and dream symbols and energetic balancing.

The client issues I typically work with in private practice for individual therapy include;

  • Anxiety
  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder
  • Depression
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Difficult Childhood Experiences
  • Relationship Issues
  • Child-Free Status and Decision-Making
  • Work-Related Stress
  • Redundancy
  • Career Transition
  • Feeling Sad
  • Feeling Lonely
  • Self Identity
  • Working Through Parental Relationships
  • Young Adult/Student Issues
  • Adapting to Mid-Life
  • Meaning in Life

My 20+ years experience in HR and personal therapeutic journey broaden my skill and therapeutic capability in the areas of career transition, changing jobs, redundancy, work-related anxiety, work-related stress, performance anxiety, maternity return to work, relationship issues at work and management pressures impacting on life outside the workplace.

Couple Therapy - In couple therapy, the relationship is the client. It is recognised as an entity with its own personality and dynamic. This means that the couple will always be seen together and not individually as an integral aspect of this therapeutic approach.

It is not an accident why we choose the partners we do, and the reason for this may be more than is obvious to you. Couple therapy can be very effective for those seeking to improve communication or resolve an issue in the relationship. Or simply for those who wish to deepen their intimacy and commitment.

The top 3 reasons for coming to couple therapy are:-

1. not having enough time for each other

2. no longer being able to communicate well, often as a result of financial or work-related stress

3. the loss of sexual intimacy

Our sessions in couple therapy create safety and objectivity to explore your issues, integrating valuable tools and exercises to shed light on what you each bring to the relationship - the hope is that this space and time to focus and listen to one another fosters greater awareness, relief and mutual understanding. As such at times the sessions can be more active and structured than a typical individual therapy session!


My therapeutic services are offered online (via a secure therapeutic platform) and in-person by in Rickmansworth, Chorleywood, Watford WD3 area; Chalfont St Giles; Amersham; Chesham; South West Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire borders. Please note that couples therapy is offered only as an in-person therapy.


I adhere to the BACP code of ethics and strict professional guides relating to client confidentiality. This is important for all clients to be aware of as a structure of the containment and boundaries of our work together to establish trust and a private space to be open with your thoughts and feelings.

Training, qualifications & experience

As a commitment to the psychological significance of 'relationship', I am undertaking a Post-Qualification Diploma in Transpersonal Couples Counselling and Psychotherapy. This area of therapy is not regulated yet and so not all therapists offering couples therapy have undertaken this specialist training.

  • Post-qualification Diploma in Transpersonal Couples Counselling and Psychotherapy    (in progress) - CCPE
  • MA Psychotherapy & Healing Practice, SoPH – Society for Psychology and Healing validated by Middlesex University
  • BA
  • Registered Member BACP
  • Member of the Association of Integrative Coach Therapy

Clinical experience

As well as my private online and in-person local practice, I am a clinical workplace counsellor for a private psychological services organisation. I also have a diverse clinical training experience to date includes working in a university student wellbeing team, a women’s health charity and a non-profit therapeutic service for children using play therapy.

My former career as an HR Director informs my interest in work-affected areas of wellbeing – you can learn more about my background and approach on my website.

Recent CPD include;

  • Safeguarding
  • Working with Trauma
  • Shame in Performance Management Systems

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I also offer therapeutic coaching which is an integration of behavioural coaching work and the ability to work at psychological depth when called to with the client and as appropriate.

This is a valuable approach for individuals seeking a more targeted focus on work-related issues, career transitions and professional development. I can integrate psychometric tests to support this approach and incorporate data which my corporate clients value a great deal. Please contact me for fees as these vary from those quoted for psychotherapy.


Individual Fee per session range £45 - £65 depending on location and time. I offer an initial telephone consultation at no cost and a fee per session thereafter which is discussed as part of the proposed client contract and will also depend on timing considerations.

Couples Fee per session £65 (low cost and in-person only). I offer an initial one-off in-person session for which the fee applies, thereafter an initial commitment of weekly sessions with regular reviews will be discussed for agreement.

All sessions are on a weekly date and time which becomes your time and it is an important part of the therapeutic work that there is a mutual commitment to attending this weekly session.

Further information

Looking for the 'right' therapist for you is an important decision.

I empathise with your position and offer an initial telephone consultation at no cost for you to tell me what it is you're seeking and to ask me any questions about my approach, to help you come to the right decision for you. I am more than happy to take this time and see it as an important aspect of my work.

Should we both like to proceed then we would have an initial session for us both to assess how well we can work together and your best hopes for the therapy. It is again another opportunity for us to assess our 'fit' and to ask any questions. Should you wish not to pursue an ongoing therapy together that's understood, and should I feel your needs are outside my area of clinical expertise I'll let you know and also help with referrals wherever possible.

If we proceed with therapy then I will share a brief client contract with you as a reference for both of us on how we'll work together. You are free to ask any questions about it and also if at any point you'd like to re-assess this framework of practice then we can do so together.

Maps & Directions

Rickmansworth, WD3
Chesham, HP5 1PE

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Monday 10.00 - 17.00 Friday 09.00 - 17.00 Evening availability possible - please ask

Types of client

Young people