About me

NOTE - due to the current COVID-19 situation I am only offering telephone/video counselling at the present time.

Welcome to my counselling service, OpenView Counselling. The aim of my site is to give you a brief introduction to myself and the kind of work that I do, to help you decide if counselling with me is right for you.

You may have been considering counselling for some time or you may be at a crisis point in your life; whatever has prompted your visit to my site today, I can assure you of my professional approach in every aspect of our counselling relationship.

My name is Maxine Buckley and I am an experienced and qualified counsellor and clinical supervisor and I invite you to click on the above link and explore my website.


I work with a person centred approach, which is based on the relationship between the client and the counsellor. I have no stake in your decisions or fixed opinions on how you should lead your life and I will remain non-judgmental, empathic and genuine at all times.

In our sessions you will find a space to talk openly, giving you the opportunity to express any thoughts, feelings or fears and I offer you a promise that I will work with you and assist you in exploring and understanding those issues either in crisis or from a longer term, deeply embedded psychological problem. I will help you to become more aware of your own coping abilities which in time can give you the confidence to deal with both present and future situations or minimise their effect, allowing you to live a more satisfying life.

I am accreditated by the BACP and comply with the ethics of my profession but do not allow it to harness or detract from who I am; I am as unique in the counselling situation as you are in your life and whilst I offer you my qualifications and experience as a benchmark for your choice of an ethical therapist, I also offer myself, my passion for counselling and my belief in how it can help you to make changes or come to terms with situations in your life and if you are ready and willing to work with me our alliance will be a success.

I do not see a ‘typical’ client; each person is unique, and you can talk about anything in counselling (please refer to my privacy and confidentiality policy on my website) and below are just a few of the issues clients bring. If I felt I could not meet your particular needs I would help you to find someone who may be more appropriate.

COUPLES - I have experience working with couples mainly using a six session model which aims to focus on the difficulties being experienced in their relationship,  taking  thoughts and feelings and finding a way forward.


I am also a qualified clinical supervisor offering supervision to qualified and trainee counsellors in private practice and as part of my role in the NHS.

Training, qualifications & experience

I live in Rossendale and work in the NHS and in my private practice as a counsellor and clinical supervisor. I hold a professional Counselling Diploma and am also a qualified NHS Mediator, Trainer and qualified clinical supervisor offering counselling supervision to qualified and trainee counsellors. I am an Accreditated member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and am guided by the BACP ethical framework, am fully insured for practice, hold a current enhanced CRB, and undertake regular professional supervision and continued professional development.

My current work as a counsellor in the NHS and private practice and my previous work in schools, and the voluntary sector has provided me with a broad experience of successfully counselling men, women and children, through both long and short term therapy.

My counselling experience includes work in bereavement, domestic violence and substance misuse units, work for a national organisation offering therapy in schools and also operating a counselling service in hostels in the Manchester area.

Like everyone I have experienced my own personal life challenges including the stress of management in both industry and self employment and the distress caused by redundancy and I am passionate about offering others the opportunity to explore their issues.


Counselling Diploma - ABC
Therapeutic Hypnosis - ABC
Supervision Diploma - ABC
Child Therapy Training - Place2b
Alchohol and Drugs Training - ADEPT NHS
NHS training including Safeguarding, Mental Health
Mediation Diploma - NHS

Counselling for Depression - UCLAN

Couples Counselling Training - Tavistock

Member of the BACP (Accred)
Associate Supervisor Freeflow, Burnley

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


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.


Additional information


In my private practice I work from a dedicated counselling room with private access in my home in Rossendale, situated in a discreet and quiet location, providing a safe and confidential environment for us to work in. The location is close to Haslingden with convenient motorway access and I will provide the address and directions for your first visit.

The initial consultation session  allows time for me to give you more information and answer any questions and time for you to explore any issues you wish to bring to counselling. If you decide my approach is right for you and we agree to continue, we would arrange a time and day to meet for your first session. There is no obligation to book further sessions and you will be free to go away and think things over before committing yourself to future work.


I offer flexible appointments to meet client needs and have set my fees to reflect today’s economic climate:

  • Appointments offered daytime and evenings
  • Sessions for individuals are 1 hour, this allows time for your arrival and settling in time, 50 minutes therapy and time to check out before leaving
  • Sessions for couples are 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Payment at the end of each session by cash or bank transfer


  • Consultation Session - an opportunity for us to meet, assessment of presenting issue/s, assessment of depression and anxiety where appropriate, advice and guidance - carries no obligation - £20 (for both individuals and couples)
  • Full Individual Sessions (1 hour)  - £35 face to face - £30 telephone/online
  • Reduced fees are available for Trainee Counsellors requiring counselling relating to their training
  • Couples Counselling (1 hour 30 minutes) £45


Further information


i am also a qualified clinical supervisor offering supervision to qualified and trainee counsellors and my current rate is £40 for qualified counsellors and reduced rates for Trainee Counsellors.  All supervision is currently delivered over the telephone or online due to COVID-19 situation.

Consideration given to providing supervision at supervisees location for an additional fee to cover transport costs.


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
Maxine Buckley

Maxine Buckley