Max Eames

Max Eames

Senior Lecturer

Department of Professional Psychology , School of Psychology

Max became part of the BSc (Hons) Counselling team in 2013, thus joining the first undergraduate programme in London to have achieved accredited status from the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Having joined the PGDip Counselling and Psychotherapy team that same year, Max also provides weekly clinical supervision in a group setting.

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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Max Eames is a Senior Lecturer in Counselling and Psychotherapy at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.  As a Senior-Accredited Psychotherapist (MBACP), he also works with individuals and teams who require clinical supervision in context of postgraduate-trainee, NHS-affiliated, and private-practice settings.

Having grown up in California, Max settled in the United Kingdom after completing an honours degree in Florence, Italy.  His varied career has included work as a chartered architect and a restaurateur.  In his Harley Street practice, he facilitates long-lasting personal transformations for those who recognise the need to challenge both self-defeating behaviours and self-limiting beliefs. 

Max's professional memberships include the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies, the Royal Society of Medicine, and the latter's Interprofessional Education Network.


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.


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)