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Maxine Robertson MBACP and MNCS (Accred)

Old Buckenham, Norfolk, NR17 1RG
07501 729248 07501 729248 Registered / Accredited

About me

* Please note during the covid situation I'm only offering online sessions*

I offer a safe, non judgmental space for you to talk freely and openly about whatever is on your mind. Perhaps you feel overwhelmed, anxious, depressed, unable to cope or stuck. Perhaps you're feeling things need to change and that's why you're seeking counselling. You may want counselling for a specific issue or you may just want a safe space to talk and feel heard, not really knowing what the problem is.

Finding the right counsellor can seem a daunting task and it is important to find someone you feel you click with. Our initial consultation will help you to decide if I could be the right therapist for you. In that initial session we will talk about what you would like to get from therapy and what has led you to look for a therapist. Why not book an initial session with me and see how you get on? There's no obligation to continue if you don't want to.

Common issues men and women come to me with include:

Depression

Stress and anxiety

Work problems

Confidence and low self esteem

Relationship difficulties

Bereavement (including pregnancy/infant loss and pet bereavement)

Abuse

Sexuality and gender

Personal development including finding meaning in life

By providing an empathic, non judgmental environment, I hope to provide you with the opportunity to better understand yourself and work towards bringing about life changes. Together we'll look at areas that are causing you difficulty. You are free to bring any subject you wish to discuss, without fear of judgment.

If you’re feeling stuck, needing to unload and wanting support in finding a way forward, then why not get in touch so we can discuss working together on the difficulties you are experiencing.

I work with individuals from the ages of 18 upwards on either a short term or long term basis, whichever you decide is right for you.  I work both face to face and online (via secure video call).

The benefits of online therapy:

  • My sessions are accessible wherever you are in the UK
  • No travelling so reduced cost and takes up less time
  • Accessible to people with physical conditions

Training, qualifications & experience

My experience includes working for Mind (Norwich), Cruse Bereavement Care (Norwich), NHS referred clients for a Suffolk counselling service as well as private practice.

I welcome enquiries not only from private clients but also enquiries/referrals from GPs and other health professionals, agencies, work places and charities etc.

My qualifications include:

  • Postgraduate diploma in counselling and psychotherapy practice
  • Postgraduate certificate in psychotherapy studies
  • Advanced professional diploma in psychotherapeutic counselling
  • Diploma in delivering counselling online
  • Certificate in awareness in bereavement care
  • Certificate in person centred counselling skills
  • Certificate in counselling skills
  • Certificate in stress management

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, an accredited member of the National Counselling Society and am on a register that has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

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.

BACP

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.

NCS

National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. 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.

National Counselling Society

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

Special interests include:

Mother-daughter relationships

Mother-daughter relationships are diverse and can be complicated. Some mothers and daughters are best buddies, seeing and talking to each other regularly whereas others just don’t get on. Exploring your thoughts and feelings about this important relationship can lead to increased understanding between you, healing of old resentments and improved communication, amongst other things. Some of the work I do involves:

  • Adult mothers and daughters (conflict)
  • Empty nest syndrome for mums
  • Transitioning to leaving home for daughters
  • Being under mothered
  • Being a daughter and a mum

Sexuality and gender identity

Being open with people about your sexual orientation or gender identity may feel like an ordeal , involving an element of taking a risk. Maybe maintaining acceptability to family, friends and the outside world feels difficult as you fight against expectations on how you should be. Perhaps this has led to you ‘hiding’ the real you from others or perhaps you're struggling in knowing who the real you actually is. Establishing who you are and disclosure to others takes courage and may feel impossible, intolerable and stressful , particularly if you’re trying to deal with it on your own. Perhaps, you fear the reaction of other people? Hiding who you really are can take up a lot of energy leaving you feeling pressured. What would it be like for you to be able to be your real self around others? If you’re at the point where you need to talk to someone, to get support and to get it off your chest, then I offer a safe non -judgmental space to work through any issues you have.

Fees

£45 per fifty minute session payable by bank transfer

The Laurel Tree Centre
The Green
Old Buckenham
Norfolk
NR17 1RG

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

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

Availability

I'm able to take on online clients throughout the UK

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme
Maxine Robertson  MBACP and MNCS (Accred)

Maxine Robertson MBACP and MNCS (Accred)