Max Chainey Integrative Therapist London E8Max Chainey:

Integrative Therapist (BACP)

My name is Max Chainey and I am a qualified Integrative Therapist based at HQ Therapy Rooms in both Haggerston and Dalston locations in Hackney, London E8.

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.

I provide therapy for adults and young people, from a broad range of socioeconomic, ethnic and cultural groups, including experience working with LGBTQIA+.

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.

Crisis, long-term distress, grief, a desire to be seen, questions of identity, relationship problems, patterns repeating themselves again and again.

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.

About me
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.


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Clients Max Chainey Works With

Client Issues Max Deals With

Therapy Modalities Max uses With Clients

Max Chainey – Working Hours

Monday N/A Thursday 09:00 – 21:00
Tuesday 10:00 – 16:00 Friday N/A
Wednesday 10:00 – 16:00 Sat-Sun N/A

Contact Details

Max Chainey, Integrative Therapist, can be reached using the following:
Telephone: 07480 068560
Email: [email protected]

Training and Qualifications

BSc Cognitive Neuroscience

Other Therapeutic Experience

Voluntary Sector

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Should I Seek Therapy?

Many people, new to this type of help, believe that they need to be suffering from “mental illness” or serious “psychological problems”, or be in crisis in order for therapy and counselling to be appropriate for them. This is a common misconception; anyone can benefit from therapy when it comes to helping you deal with your personal feelings and problems, make positive changes in your life, and understand yourself better.

So what is therapy and counselling? If you’re new to this world then the first steps can sometimes be the most difficult. Therapy can be a very effective treatment for a whole range of personal problems covering areas from physical and emotional problems, different types of behavioural disorders, through to human sexuality issues and a host of wellbeing and complementary therapy techniques.

Any problem you have that is causing you concern, anxiety or distress is a valid and appropriate reason to reach out and find a therapist and talk to them about it. Far from something to be ashamed of, acknowledging your vulnerability and asking for help is a sign of maturity and strength.

If you feel that you have a desire and are committed to making changes in your life in order to overcome your current problems and achieve more long-term satisfaction, psychological wellbeing and personal fulfilment, then you are ready to seek therapy. We are here to help you work through a wide range of therapy issues that might be troubling you.

Will Information About Me Be Safe & Secure?

It is quite normal to be hesitant when it comes to sharing private and intimate information about yourself with a stranger. You may fear that you will receive judgment from your therapist, or that your therapist will share your details with others.

HQ Therapy Rooms takes your privacy and confidentiality very seriously. Our therapists are required to keep everything said in therapy sessions between you, just like your doctor is required to keep your records private.

For therapy to be effective, there must be unconditional trust built between you and your therapist, and this relies on a shared understanding of confidentiality. It applies to the outside world as well: it is standard practice for therapists not to acknowledge their clients if they run into them outside of the therapy rooms in order to help protect their client’s confidentiality. Read our full privacy policy for more information.

Can I Contact You For Advice About Getting Therapy?

Talking about your thoughts and feelings with a supportive therapist can often make you feel better and help you face your problems. It feels good to be listened to and to know that someone cares about you and wants to help. It is important that you find a therapist with whom you feel comfortable and can build a trusting relationship to help you make positive changes in your life.

But how do you know what type of therapy is right for you? Taking the first steps in finding the right therapist can be the biggest hurdle for newcomers, so we have made it easy. Simply fill out the form below in confidence, and one of our fully qualified referral therapists can work with you to make sure you connect with the right practitioner and receive the correct therapy and counselling services you require.

Our practitioners deal with a wide range of therapy issues using different types of therapy modalities tailored for the types of clients we work with. We also cater for people who are beset with financial difficulties, offering them services ranging from low-cost therapy and reduced rate therapy, to working with seasoned, qualified and accredited talking therapists.


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