Max Dalda Müller MBACP, PGDip (Couns), PGDipEd, QTLS
According to numbers from the Office for National Statistics, one in four people experience a mental health problem in the course of a year. I used to be one of those individuals.
As a teenager I struggled to adapt to changes in me and around me. My inability to cope with these challenges made me very anxious and, eventually, depressed. I dropped out of school and after that, for most of my adult life, I felt inadequate and worthless. I left Spain, the country I grew up in, and travelled around Europe. I lived in Spain, Germany, Sweden and eventually settled in London. However, I always brought my problems with me. These problems affected every area of my life, form my ability to relate to others, and manage everyday life to my capacity to hold down a job. I engaged in relationships which were unhealthy and downright damaging to me. I self medicated with alcohol and drugs and developed dependencies. My downward spiral of depression and self destruction took me to its logical ends of isolation and despair. I ended up up homeless, roaming the streets of North London, surviving hand to mouth, totally and utterly destitute.
But then, one night in February 2007, a miracle happened. A Police Community Support Officer stopped me on the street and, after listening to my story, decided to help me. He put me in touch with an outreach worker for a charity called the Pillion Trust who help young homeless in the Islington area of North London. They in turn got me off the streets and into a rehabilitation programme.
My journey through rehab was painful and difficult but also rewarding and exciting. One of the more amazing aspects of it was the relationship I developed with my counsellor. For the first time in my life I felt heard and understood without conditions or judgement. I wanted to give this to other people. Because of the impact this relationship had on me, I decided to go into counselling training on completing my rehab treatment.
I was given the gift of an opportunity to turn my life around. A lot of people worked very hard to get me to that point.
I believe that we can only keep what we have if we give it away.
Everybody has the capacity in them to reach their full potential if they are given the chance. I aim to provide this by developing an accepting, empathic and genuine relationship, in which you can explore your difficulties and use your strengths to become the person you always wanted to be.
Training, qualifications & experience
- NVQ Level 5 Diploma in Integrative Counselling Practice.
- Level 3 Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- BTEC Level 5 Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector
- Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Qualifications
- How to do counselling online: a coronavirus primer. BACP and Open University
- Moving Your Practice Online. Online Therapy Institute
- Motivational Interviewing
- L2 Certificate in Mental Health Awareness
- L2 Certificate in Equality and Diversity
- L2 Certificate in End of Life Care
- L2 Certificate in Dementia Care
- Positive Suicide Interventions
- Supervision Training
- Signposting in Somerset
- Group Supervision with Robin Shohet
- Certificate in Autism Awareness
- Relational Depth with Mick Cooper
- Single Session Therapy with Windy Dryden
- I can speak the following languages: Spanish, German, Portuguese and Italian
Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy MBACP.
I am a fully qualified counsellor, member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and I have been in practice since 2010. I also hold a Level 5 Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector and I have been working as a teacher and trainer since 2013.
I cut my teeth in the counselling profession at a rehabilitation centre for adults with addiction problems. I worked there between 2010 and 2015. This treatment centre is one of the best ones in the country and has a really good reputation in the addictions field.
I also have worked as a counsellor for two other organisations: Somewhere House Somerset, a charity offering affordable counselling in the Sedgemoor area; and Lighthouse Counselling, a service in West Somerset.
Having practised in these settings has helped me develop excellent skills, self awareness and an ability to respond to the varied needs of clients and presenting issues.
Since 2013, I have been working at Bridgwater College where I have been teaching as part of the counselling training provision at NVQ levels 2, 3, 4 and 5. I have also developed a pilot program for students with behavioural, social and emotional needs; this was a successful program and its challenges were a great learning experience for me!
In April 2014, I started delivering Mental Health Awareness training to a variety of organisations, including Avon and Somerset Police, Probation Services, National Autistic Society and care organisations such as Brunel Care and CareWatch Wessex.
In July 2018 I joined the Iron Mill College in Exeter as a lecturer. I have been delivering their Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling with three cohorts so far.
In August 2019 I become Course Leader for the Levels 2, 4 and 5 Certificates and Diplomas in Counselling at Bridgwater and Taunton College. This is a great opportunity to develop these qualifications, especially in the context of the increased awareness of mental health issues in our society.
I have in the last couple of years been conducting some research into the effects of technology and social media on people's mental health, especially in young people. I have given talks in the UK, including at Glastonbury Festival and in Dublin, Ireland.
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Engaging in counselling has to feel right for you. You need to feel safe and trusting in developing a relationship with whoever you choose as a therapist. My initial consultation is free to help us establish if we feel comfortable to work together.
Thereafter I charge £45 per session.
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