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About me

My name is Max Chainey and I am a qualified Integrative Therapist working in Liverpool Street (EC2M), Walthamstow (E17) and Hackney (E8).

I work with a range of issues, including  difficulties in relationships,  stress, anxiety and depression,  grief, concerns about  gender identity or  sexuality, body image concerns, as well as broader  existential questions of purpose, meaning and finding where you fit in in this world.

I provide therapy for adults and young people, from a broad range of socioeconomic, ethnic and cultural groups, including experience working with LGBTQIA+.

Knowing where to start

It’s difficult, isn’t it? To know where to start. To know that something may be weighing you down but be unable to identify exactly what that thing is.

To find meaning in life. To find passion. To shrug off a feeling of emptiness in life. Or to know where your sadness is rooted but be unable to overcome it.

Crisis, long-term distress, grief, a desire to be seen, questions of identity, relationship problems, patterns repeating themselves again and again.

Reading this list you may feel that all, some or none of this resonates with you. You may just want to make changes in your life, to feel more fulfilled and balanced, with a richer and more rewarding relationship with yourself and with the people around you.

Whatever the reason that brought you to think about therapy, we can work together to make sense of your experience and identify what you struggle with.

I’m passionate about this work and about helping you

I love this work. I love the shared space. The intimacy. The privilege of hearing your story and who you are – the story that you’ve shared countless times with others and the one that you’ve never shared before because it feels too shameful or difficult to say.

It is those stories, that narrative of your life, with all the nuances, the emotion, the inner monologue, the perception of your world and how you believe others perceive you, that creates the richness of our work together.

I make no assumptions about our relationship and understand that trust, real trust, is earned and never to be taken for granted. Trust and vulnerability may feel like very difficult concepts, and I will offer you the space and time to allow that to develop.

My commitment to the work and to you

I make a commitment to be an active therapist – to evolve, to learn, to adapt and to study. To be open to your feedback and explore that feedback in earnest. Self-scrutiny and reflection, regular supervision, peer engagement, enhancing my knowledge base through relevant literature and academic engagement, creative pursuits and self-care.

This is how I structure my world to prevent myself from stagnating as a therapist. It is how I do my utmost to provide you with a meaningful and transformative therapeutic experience.

I won’t always get it right. No therapist will. The power of failure, and sometimes rupture, in therapy is often some of the most facilitative parts of a change for a client. It can become a platform for the exploration of how you engage, tolerate and perceive others. A means of testing and normalising feelings in the moment.

A bit about me

Before becoming a therapist, I worked in the media and communications sector on domestic and international behaviour change campaigns. I have also worked with the Samaritans to provide support to those in emotional distress and at risk of suicide. My experience has afforded me the opportunity to meet and work with people from all walks of life.

Training, qualifications & experience

I’m a fully-qualified Integrative therapist, registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) (Reg No. 392744), and therefore bound by the BACP Ethical Framework.

Being an integrative therapist means I’m trained in a broad range of approaches, and I draw upon these different approaches to shape our work together to meet your needs. I’m informed by psychodynamic, humanistic, existential, gestalt and neuroscience theories.

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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£70.00 per session

Additional information

Fees at Walthamstow and Hackney practice are £70 per session.

Fees at Liverpool Street practice are £90 per session.

When I work

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2-8 Victoria Ave, London, EC2M

Walthamstow Therapy, 111A Hoe Street, London, E17 4RX

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

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