Denise Ela Maley

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MBACP (Accred), MA, PGDip, BA, CIPD Assoc.
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High Wycombe HP14 & London W1W
Limited availability
Limited availability

This professional is accepting new clients but may have a waitlist. Please enquire with them directly to discuss availability.

About me

A warm welcome to you seeking support to alleviate the difficulties you may be experiencing at this time. If you need help with anxiety, stress, depression and/or perhaps are struggling in relationships, you can contact me today to arrange a no-obligation discovery call.

The client issues I typically work with include;

  • Anxiety
  • Low Self Esteem
  • Stress and Work-Related Stress
  • Work Performance Anxiety
  • Perfectionism/Procrastination
  • Neurodiversity
  • Imposter syndrome
  • Depression
  • Weight Neutrality
  • Career Transitions
  • Relationship Issues
  • Couple Therapy
  • Child-Free Status and Decision-Making
  • Job Loss/Redundancy
  • Feeling Sad
  • Feeling Lonely
  • Working Through Parental Relationships
  • Young Adult/Student Issues
  • Adapting to Mid-Life
  • Lost meaning in life

I work with a broad range of people including (but not limited to), those from the LGBTQ+ community and those with diverse cultural backgrounds. 

In addition to my decade of clinical experience, I draw upon two decades as a people-oriented HR professional which broadens my real-world insights 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.

Why work with me? - Clients often describe me as extremely warm, understanding, open and easy to talk to, and able to challenge when helpful to do so. At the same time, I am pragmatic, clear, and work with where you find yourself today in order to agree realistic goals for our work together.

I take great care to balance the practical active work with the need to explore your story with you so that any outcomes are meaningful as well as sustainable for you.

Your ‘feel’ for your therapist is such an important part of your ability to ‘go there’ and work together so bear that in mind when seeking a match. I have a few testimonials on my website if you'd like to take a look?

Our sessions together 

These are your private space where you can explore what's coming up for you and your uncomfortable feelings in a way that is rarely possible with friends, partners or family. For those of you new to therapy, I am not there to judge or to give advice but to capture and hold up a mirror so we can then understand and begin to remedy your difficulties. We'll have regular reviews of our work together returning to your best hopes and agreed goals for the work.

I am happy to offer an initial one-off session for online for - especially for those who are unsure if it will feel comfortable. I am a real advocate for the flexibility and effectiveness of this medium as long as you have a private space and good enough internet connection of course!

You can learn more about my approach if you'd like to on my website.

Possible outcomes of therapy - Relief, reduced tension, coping strategies, increased ability to balance your thoughts/emotions, increased self-awareness, confidence, feeling centered, becoming grounded, clear purpose, enhanced problem-solving capacity, increase in resilience (mental and/or emotional), more energy, improved sleep quality, self-compassion, acceptance, increased presence, helpful habit formation.......

Free no-obligation discovery call offered

I am based in High Wycombe, North Buckinghamshire offering online sessions to clients across the UK.

Training, qualifications & experience

As a commitment to the psychological significance of 'relationship', I have 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 a robust couple therapy training.

  • Former BACP Workplace Divisional Executive Board Member & contributing writer to BACP Workplace Journal
  • Master Practitioner Training in Eating Disorders and Obesity (in progress)
  • Rewind Trauma Technique
  • M.A. Psychotherapy & Healing Practice
  • PG.Dip Transpersonal Couples Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • B.A.
  • Fully Accredited & Registered Member BACP
  • I abide by the BACP Code of Ethics

Clinical experience

I currently work as a Counsellor at Oxford University as well as in my private online practice. I have clinical experience in workplace counselling, student counselling, women’s issues counselling and play therapy.

I worked for 3 years as a Senior Associate Psychotherapist at The Health Matters Group in Central London in a multidisciplinary team offering support for general psychological health issues, eating disorders & obesity and nutritional coaching.

You can learn more about my background and approach on my website.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Redundancy support and career transitions


£75.00 - £95.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • Axa Health
  • Vitality
  • Cigna

Additional information

Individual sessions are £75 per session

Couple therapy sessions are £95 per session (the equivalent of £47.50 each for 2 people)

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

My private practice runs weekly on Mondays from 0900 - 1800

Further information

Registered Associate Psychotherapist with Cigna Health Insurance

Stokenchurch, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP14

Type of session


Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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