Integrative Therapist (BACP)
I work with a range of issues, including difficulties in relationships, stress, anxiety and depression, grief, concerns about gender identity or sexuality, body image concerns, as well as broader existential questions of purpose, meaning and finding where you fit in in this world.
Knowing where to start
It’s difficult, isn’t it? To know where to start. To know that something may be weighing you down but be unable to identify exactly what that thing is.
To find meaning in life. To find passion. To shrug off a feeling of emptiness in life. Or to know where your sadness is rooted but be unable to overcome it.
Reading this list you may feel that all, some or none of this resonates with you. You may just want to make changes in your life, to feel more fulfilled and balanced, with a richer and more rewarding relationship with yourself and with the people around you.
Whatever the reason that brought you to think about therapy, we can work together to make sense of your experience and identify what you struggle with.
I’m passionate about this work and about helping you
I love this work. I love the shared space. The intimacy. The privilege of hearing your story and who you are – the story that you’ve shared countless times with others and the one that you’ve never shared before because it feels too shameful or difficult to say.
It is those stories, that narrative of your life, with all the nuances, the emotion, the inner monologue, the perception of your world and how you believe others perceive you, that creates the richness of our work together.
I make no assumptions about our relationship and understand that trust, real trust, is earned and never to be taken for granted. Trust and vulnerability may feel like very difficult concepts, and I will offer you the space and time to allow that to develop.
My commitment to the work and to you
I make a commitment to be an active therapist – to evolve, to learn, to adapt and to study. To be open to your feedback and explore that feedback in earnest. Self-scrutiny and reflection, regular supervision, peer engagement, enhancing my knowledge base through relevant literature and academic engagement, creative pursuits and self-care.
This is how I structure my world to prevent myself from stagnating as a therapist. It is how I do my utmost to provide you with a meaningful and transformative therapeutic experience.
I won’t always get it right. No therapist will. The power of failure, and sometimes rupture, in therapy is often some of the most facilitative parts of a change for a client. It can become a platform for the exploration of how you engage, tolerate and perceive others. A means of testing and normalising feelings in the moment.
I’m a fully-qualified Integrative therapist, registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) (Reg No. 392744), and therefore bound by the BACP Ethical Framework.
Being an integrative therapist means I’m trained in a broad range of approaches, and I, therefore, draw upon these different approaches to shape our work together to meet your needs. I’m informed by psychodynamic, humanistic, existential, gestalt and neuroscientific theories.
The work is often open-ended and long-term, however, this is completely dependent on the challenges you are bringing and your appetite for longer-term personal exploration.
I charge £70 per 50-minute session.
I am currently seeing clients face to face with some exceptions being made for online and phone.
***If you are interested in contacting Max Chainey or needing information and guidance about therapy, please use the contact form at the bottom of this page.***