Max Marnau MBACP (Accred)

Max Marnau MBACP (Accred)

Quaker Meeting House
Abbey Row
Scottish Borders

Scottish Borders

07530 030395

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About me

I welcome anyone who would like to talk over their life; I have particular experience in working with:

  • people suffering from anxiety, depression or low self-esteem
  • people with, or exploring, a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • people who have lost someone important to them, recently or many years ago, by death, disappearance or separation
  • older people, including those with a diagnosis of dementia or other degenerative disease, and their carers
  • people who are discovering or questioning their faith/spirituality, or who have suffered spiritual abuse, whether in cults or in mainstream religious organisations.

I work from the Quaker Meeting House in Kelso and from my house in Selkirk. Sometimes appointments can be arranged in Edinburgh. In addition to my private practice I work for the Student Counselling Service at the University of Edinburgh. I have also worked for several charities. I am an accredited member of the BACP.

The foundation of person-centred therapy is the belief that, damaged, discouraged and desperate as we may be, we all have a natural impetus towards health; as its founder, Carl Rogers, put it, towards “becoming the self that we truly are”. A person-centred counsellor is not the expert in their client's condition; only the client can be that. We are counsellor and client, yes, but first and foremost we are two human beings. What works isn’t techniques or any wisdom the counsellor might have, but the therapeutic relationship between those two human beings: it is the relationship that heals. The counselling room is a safe place to think, say or feel things you need to say, think or feel, knowing that you will be met with respect, empathy and honesty.

Your dog is very welcome to join us in the counselling room, both in Selkirk and Kelso, as long as they are reasonably well behaved.

Training, qualifications & experience

Certificate in Counselling Skills: Alcohol Focus Scotland
Specialist loss and bereavement training: Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland
Postgraduate Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling: Persona Training/Stirling University
Counselling and Dementia course - Edinburgh University
Certificate in Person-Centred Supervision - CounsellingXtra, Nottingham
Accredited Member British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Older people; faith issues; spiritual abuse.


I don't charge for the first session. Thereafter I operate a sliding scale of fees, from £40 per hour downwards - you decide where you sit on that scale. Under certain circumstances - for example with a client with concentration difficulties - I charge £20 per half hour. While I would not like anyone to miss out on counselling because they can't afford it, I would appreciate it if those who can would pay the full fee.

Further information

I also offer person-centred supervision.

Maps & Directions

Kelso, TD5 7JF
Selkirk, TD7

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: French


Wheelchair access: No

There is a flight of fairly steep stairs up to the counselling room. We can meet on the ground floor (two steps up to the front door) but I need to be informed beforehand so I can set up.


Wednesday and Thursday daytime and evening

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme