Hello. My name is Maxwell Addo.
I am a fully qualified integrative counsellor and a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and British Psychological Society (MBPsS).
My role as a therapist is to work alongside you to help find ways to understand and address the issues you may be facing. My approach is to build a safe, trusting and confidential environment that challenges and supports you but also encourages self-awareness, resilience and personal growth.
My therapeutic approach is integrative which means I can draw upon different skills and techniques (Humanistic, Psychodynamic, Existential, Cognitive Behavioural) that may best support you and your personal goals.
I have particular experience in supporting clients from corporate backgrounds and the creative industries. Familiar concerns have included issues with identity, true/false selves, managing relationships, power dynamics - some of which can manifest in anxiety, depression, insomnia and other psychological issues.
What Is Therapy?
Therapy is the meeting of a therapist and client in a safe, non-judgmental and confidential environment.
The goal of therapy is to better understand psychological and emotional difficulties and find ways to resolve issues such as problematic beliefs, behaviours, feelings or relationship issues which can affect our daily lives.
Therapy can often be misunderstood as being required only for people experiencing unbearable life problems or significant mental health issues. Although therapy can certainly be beneficial in those situations, therapy can also be useful to address those early concerns that clients may not yet understand, or for something as simple as self-reflecting, needing help reaching a specific goal or having someone trained to talk to.
Although there are various therapeutic approaches, generally speaking, therapists do not tell their clients what to do or create the solutions for the client but rather have more of a co-creating role where they mirror back the responses from the client to reach mutual conclusions about the best steps to take for the client.
Therapy can be challenging, insightful and revealing and can often bring a range of emotions and feelings to the surface. The role of a trained therapist is to support the client through their journey at a pace that is appropriate and thoughtful, taking into account the clients needs.
Before starting therapy, we can arrange to meet for a consultation session.
This will give you the opportunity to get a feel for the process and how we can work together. I will ask a series of questions to help me understand your needs; what brings you to therapy and what you want to get out of it. There will also be time for you to ask any questions you might have about therapy or my approach. The consultation and any subsequent therapy sessions are held in strictest confidence.
Sessions are normally held weekly or twice weekly, for 50 minutes. I offer both short term and open ended contracts, this can be discussed at the consultation session to see what may suit you best.
I am based in Shoreditch, Central London.
My practice is centrally located and is in close proximity to Liverpool Street, Old Street, Bethnal Green, Aldgate as well as other parts of the City and East London.
Training, qualifications & experience
As well as working in private practice, I also currently provide psychotherapeutic services in voluntary settings (MIND) and statutory organisations.
I work with both individuals and couples and have many years experience in working with clients from wide ranging and diverse backgrounds and communities.
I have experience of supporting clients with various issues including:
- Anxiety and generalised anxiety
- Work related issues
- Work/Life balance
- Low self esteem
- Anger and anger management
- Identity - Self and other
- Gender roles
- Finding meaning
- Issues of power
- Sexual addiction
- Relationship / Family issues
- Race and cultural identity
- Personal development and growth
- Bereavement and loss
- Life transitions
Qualifications / Training
MSc Psychology - University of East London
BSc (Hons) Integrative Counselling - Roehampton University
Foundation Integrative Counselling - Minster Centre
Trained Facilitator - Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Member of British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapy (BACP)
Member of British Psychological Society (BPS)
Member of Universities Psychotherapy and Counselling Association (UPCA)
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I operate a sliding scale of fees dependent on income and time of day you are able to attend.
Fees start from:
£70 per session for individuals
£90 per session for couples
I do reserve a limited amount of concessionary sessions during the day for full time students or those on low incomes. Please feel free to enquire about the availability for these concessions.