Max Eames

Max Eames

WPS Clinical Director

Wellbeing and Psychological Services Centre

Department of Professional Psychology , School of Psychology

Max serves as Clinical Director of the Wellbeing and Psychological Services Centre (WPS Centre), heading its Counselling and Psychotherapy Services activities. The WPS Centre is a Career Zone initiative sponsored by the Dean of the School of Psychology, offering psychology-enriched training, counselling, coaching and positive psychology interventions, as well as community support services.

Areas Of Interest

Max's clinical and research interests include the following:

  • Information-processing and emotional disorders
  • Cognitive, cognitive-behavioural, and metacognitive therapies
  • Obsessive-compulsive and related disorders
  • Anxiety disorders, including social anxiety disorder
  • Worry and unwanted intrusive thoughts (UITs)

 

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OVERVIEW

An experienced psychotherapist, executive coach and academic, Max's teaching interrogates the boundaries between counselling/psychotherapy and coaching psychology.  As a workshop presenter for both undergraduate and postgraduate training, he also maintains weekly clinical supervision in group settings for postgraduate students preparing to serve their communities in the field of mental health. Max is a Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for the PgCert in Strengths-Based Approaches in CBT. 

CURRENT RESEARCH

The primary focus of Max's clinical and research interest is that of understanding the role of avoidant cognitive/behavioural strategies in information-processing and emotional disorders.  In particular, his clinical work permits a practice-based enquiry into the threat-related processing biases generally associated with obsessive-compulsive and related disorders. 

Max's master's thesis was entitled "Purely-Obsessional Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: What is the Experience of Persons Who Self-Describe as Living with Pure-O?"  It utilised Grounded Theory as an inductive research methodology which permitted an enquiry into how unwanted intrusive thoughts (UITs) are conceptualised and managed in context of living with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
An unexpected set of findings appeared present in this research, which led to further enquiry.  As a student in the School of Psychology's PhD programme, Max's current research is an investigation of metacognitive beliefs about unwanted intrusive thoughts (UITs).  In context of clinical practice, the research considers in particular whether and how acceptance-based psychoeducation might supplement the exposure exercises that are typical of treatment protocols for obsessive-compulsive and related disorders.

MODULES

Max is part of a dedicated team of academics/practitioners who are proud of the 'Psychological Interventions' subject-area's pluralistic philosophy and approach to widening access through valuing diversity.  His teaching commitments have included the following:

  • Core Skills and Processes (GC-4701)
  • Person-Centred Counselling (GC-4703)
  • Working with Diversity and Ethics (GC-4704)
  • Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy Approaches (GC-5704)
  • Research Methods (GC-5705)
  • Clinical Practice and Supervision (GC-6701)
  • Research Dissertation (GC-6704)
  • Application and Integration (GC-7202)
  • Interpersonal Skills (PY-2910)

TEACHING

PGCert Strengths-Based Approaches in CBT

Develop an understanding of strengths-based approaches in CBT, particularly as viewed through the lens of relevant neuroscientific underpinnings.

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