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Max Cohen Reg.MBACP - LGBTQ+ counsellor

Exeter, Devon, EX4 3PT
07500 015574 07500 015574

About me

Hi, I’m Max. I'm a counsellor, trainer and licensed instructor for “Feel The Fear and Do It Anyway”®, a best selling book by Susan Jeffers PhD.

I have supported people in the Southwest of England for over 25 years in the areas of domestic abuse, young people’s issues, living with HIV, sexual orientation, sexuality and gender identity (LGBTQ+).

I'm based in Exeter but also work online using Zoom. I work individually with young people (18+) and adults (including family members) on all issues including LGBTQ+ issues, questioning gender identity (trans+, genderqueer, non-binary) and sexual orientation, sexuality, living with HIV, domestic abuse, victims of crime and work related problems such as discrimination.


Qualifying as a counsellor in 2008, my approach is integrative, which means we work together to help you feel easier about the things that are getting you down or have kept you stuck or overwhelmed or not able to cope. I use models, techniques and approaches that are specific to your needs which may include talking, drawing, visual imagery, using objects in a sand tray, mindfulness exercises, assertiveness skills and self-care tools.

​I regularly update my professional development. Recently I have been on courses to do with shame and mindfulness.

​Client feedback

Clients who have had sessions with me have said that I’m a good listener, I created a place in which they felt safe and could explore their feelings and thoughts, that I gave them information that explained the models and techniques we used and that I gave useful information for example, on-line support, support groups, exercises or actions they could take away with them to use at home.

​Other work

I’m an experienced trainer and group facilitator. I deliver LGBTQ+ awareness sessions to other professionals, organisations and in workplaces. I have also run groups and courses on compassionate mindfulness, living positively with HIV and surviving domestic abuse.

​I am a licensed instructor for “Feel The Fear and Do It Anyway”®, which is a personal development book written by Susan Jeffers, and deliver sessions face-to-face and online to individuals and to groups.

I have a Diploma in HR management and I’m experienced in managing teams supporting employees and clients in the community. I’m knowledgeable about policies and best practice in relation to anti-discrimination, equality and inclusion. I have also worked with groups of service users to consult them about improving the quality of customer service.

What to do next...

Call, text or email me to book in a free 20 minute call, in which I'll ask a few brief questions about what is troubling you and you can ask me questions. You'll be able to choose whether or not to arrange another session with me - usually an hour every week or fortnight or take some time to think it all over.

Training, qualifications & experience

My qualifications and the professional bodies I’m registered with:

  • BSc Econ (Hons) in Psychology (1990)
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills (1999)
  • City & Guilds Certificate in Teaching Adults (2003)
  • Diploma in Counselling (2008) & Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy - MBACP Register No. 58366
  • Diploma in Human Resource Management (2016)
  • Licensed instructor for “Feel The Fear and Do It Anyway”® based on Susan Jeffers@ PhD best selling book

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Gender identity, sexual orientation and relationship diversity
  • Questioning gender identity including trans and non-binary gender
  • Family members, carers and partners of LGBTQ+ people

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy


Individual counselling
1 hour £45- £55 face to face -includes room rental in Exeter or online using Zoom. Travel costs are added if out of Exeter

Feel The Fear and Do It Anyway - Sessions for individuals
1 hour taster session followed by a series of 6 sessions. £45- £55 per hour face to face -includes room rental in Exeter or online using Zoom
Travel costs are added if out of Exeter

Contact me for more information on prices and limited discounted sessions

Further information

  • I also deliver courses and groups so please look at my website and contact me to find out more.
  • I have a current DBS check and am registered with the Information Commissioner's Office so comply with data protection laws (GDPR) to keep your personal information safe .

The Practice Rooms
15-16 Castle Street

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified

The room I use is up a flight of stairs, has no lift and is not accessible by wheelchair however I can use a room nearby that is wheelchair accessible. Please let me know if you have any needs so that I can provide a service accessible to you.


I work on weekdays between 8am and 8pm and can also arrange appointments on Saturday mornings.

I am usually able to book an initial meeting in within one working week

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


Max Cohen Reg.MBACP - LGBTQ+ counsellor

Max Cohen Reg.MBACP - LGBTQ+ counsellor