Carol Maynard

  • Counsellor
  • Psychotherapist

Carol is a very open and compassionate therapist with a relaxed and authentic approach. She started training at The Manchester School for Psychotherapy in 2016 for a diploma in Integrative Transactional Analysis.  Carol focuses on adult psychotherapy & working with people who are stuck & who would like to get unstuck in order to have a different life ahead of them. She has a passion for helping clients let go of negative & hindering experiences, emotions and memories.  Carol offers both face to face and online therapy options and as such can work with local, UK based or overseas clients. Having previously worked in a pressurised office job before training in psychotherapy, she has a real appreciation of what it is like to work in challenging business environments.

My Philosophy

Everyone has a story. Sometimes that story becomes too much and it’s not always easy to know what to do or how to deal with it. I realise it can be tough and have had experience of this myself. It was this and wanting to help others deal with their stories that led me to becoming a therapist. I know from personal experience it can also take a lot of courage to come to therapy in the first place or perhaps to go against a previous belief that you can sort out your own problems or therapy is namby pamby?! In terms of my journey, I have also previously worked in a pressurised office job and so have an appreciation of what it is like to work in challenging business environments. This previous lifestyle was also a catalyst for my change of direction.

My Approach

I base my work around Transactional Analysis and Integrative Psychotherapy and the belief that everyone is OK. My style of therapy focuses on helping you understand why you think, feel & act the way you do. The session may involve paying attention to body & health issues, focusing on feelings & emotions, being curious about current & repetitive behaviour, considering thoughts & beliefs, looking at events & experiences from childhood through to current day, mindfulness.  It may also just entail talking.

The therapy may be for a matter of weeks or can be an ongoing journey and it may be that you come along for a while and then return at a later date. This could depend on how ready you are. Ultimately I do believe effective therapy is a journey as opposed to an event and can go at different paces with different paths. Whatever your path, the session is yours and will be about you and for you. I believe a connection between client and therapist is key to successful therapy so understand it is for you to sense if that is there.

Who I Work With

I work with adults and here are some of the areas that I may be able to help you with… family & childhood issues, health concerns, body aches & pains, eating problems, trauma & PTSD, abuse, depression, anxiety, stress & anger difficulties, addiction & OCD’s, phobias, relationship issues, bereavement & grief, low self esteem, extreme emotions, divorce & separation, shame, difficulties with sexuality, work related problems or just not feeling right. If there is anything else you are stuck with we can talk about it and see if I am the right therapist for you.

My Motivation

My motivation initially came from being stuck myself and knowing how tough it can be. This also included experiencing bodily aches and pains that physiotherapy was unable to heal. And then an absolute desire to give people the same opportunity I had to experience therapy and to understand their own story, to experience that release and to improve their well-being. I found out about a brilliant course and decided to begin training. My motivation remains to keep learning and developing and to be the best therapist I can be for my clients. Part of this is continuing to have personal therapy myself. Seeing how clients have changed continues to fuel that desire and motivation, it’s incredibly special to go on that journey with them and I feel very privileged to be able to do so.

Further Information

I am based at both the Cheadle and Wilmslow Affinity centres.

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