Max Karlin

About me

Max Karlin

Psychologist, Counselor, Trainee Existential Therapist
Max Karlin

With a BA in Practical Psychology, I am currently a trainee Existential Therapist at the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling (NSPC), validated by Middlesex University in London. I am following a comprehensive clinical pathway accredited by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), working towards an MSc degree in Psychotherapy Studies. My active involvement in supervised clinical practice includes seeing clients at Headstrong Counselling in London and Therapy Space in Riga.

I am committed to continuously expanding my knowledge and skills through diverse continuing professional development (CPD) courses in psychology, psychotherapy, and well-being. I have pursued advanced training at renowned institutions such as the University of Michigan, Yale, and Johns Hopkins, ensuring that I remain at the forefront of developments in the field.

I have had a diverse career spanning over two decades in the commercial and business sectors. My professional journey includes various roles in sales and marketing, ultimately leading to the founding and serving as CEO of my own company in the food processing machinery and technology industry.

These experiences have given me a unique perspective and understanding of the challenges and difficulties faced by individuals from different backgrounds and high-pressure environments.

I’m passionate about researching how psychotherapy can contribute to social change and foster a better world.

Founder and co-editor of the Journal of Integrative Psychotherapy and Systemic Analysis.

Associate member of the Federation for Existential Therapy in Europe (FETE) and a student member of The Society for Existential Analysis (SEA) in London.

UKCP_trainee Society for Existential Analysis  Federation for Existential Therapy in Europe 


"When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves." (Viktor Frankl)

My practice is grounded on an existential approach to help individuals navigate life’s challenges creatively, actively and reflectively, aiming to rediscover their sense of meaning and purpose. I intend to support them in experiencing a renewed sense of aliveness, whether for the first time or rediscovered. 
This is practical and experiential approach, emphasising genuine presence, emotional depth and resonance, clear communication, and straightforwardness. Instead of focusing solely on symptoms, I view them as indicators of one’s disconnection or distorted perception of reality. In existential therapy, these symptoms are seen as coping mechanisms during tough times or existential dilemmas.

There are often moments of tension, confusion or profound shifts in life that make our personal foundation seem unstable. This can be related to personal or social relationships, feeling out of sync with the world, or overwhelming emotions. These feelings can manifest as anxiety, depression, or confusion. Whether these issues are fleeting or persistent, we aim to deepen our understanding and offer new approaches and perspectives.

My approach is caring, supportive, empathic and collaborative. I stand with you, prioritising your needs and aspirations while seeking clarity and personal development on your life journey so that you can live more fully and with a clearer purpose.

Besides, I integrate additional techniques in my work, blending my academic knowledge and extensive professional and personal experiences. Such a strategy enables me to provide a tailored, client-centred practice that addresses each individual’s unique needs and concerns.

I aim to help you sort yourself out, improve your life, and enhance your well-being. To make your personal and family relationships more productive and to teach you how to effectively cope with stress, anxiety and all kinds of problems.

I provide a secure and empathetic space where you can freely discuss your concerns and better understand yourself, your relationships, and the world around you. You can discover new perspectives and opportunities, even in the most challenging situations, by delving into and comprehending your thoughts and emotions.

I offer a complimentary 15-20 minute phone or online consultation for you to determine if you would like to work with me and for me to gain a better understanding of your reasons for seeking assistance and how I can help you. Please reach out to schedule a mutually suitable time for this initial meeting.

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Individual counselling

• Emotional support
• Problem-solving related to relationships, work, and personal life.
• Stress management: reduce and manage your stress level
• Coping and regulation skills in challenging situations and emotions, such as anxiety and unhappiness.
• Life transitions navigation and adjustment to significant life changes, such as a loss or a career change.
• Effective communication strategies to improve your relationships with others.
• Guidance through conflicts with others and helping you to find mutually beneficial solutions.
• Self-improvement to identify and work towards your personal growth goals.
• Discovering and pursuing your passions and interests.
• Physical and mental stamina development

Business counseling

• Executive and leadership development
• Team building and conflict resolution
• Stress management and burnout prevention: helping employees and management cope with workplace stress and improve their overall well-being
• Purpose and meaning at work: helping employees find meaning and fulfillment in their work.
• Career transition and job search support
• Work-life balance and time management
• Creative Skills Development
• Organizational culture assessment and improvement
• Emotional intelligence and communication skills training
• Decision-making and problem-solving support
• Change management and transformation guidance
• Mindfulness and well-being practices in the workplace.
• Negotiation skills development


Online Video Consultations

Professional assistance online in difficult life situations. Online support and counselling via Skype, Google Meet, FaceTime, Microsoft Teams, WhatsApp or other available platforms. Confidential and anonymous consultations at a convenient time for you as agreed.


Consultation via chat and messengers

Qualified express help under challenging situations via WhatsApp, Telegram, Apple Messages or other available systems.


Office address

Brīvības iela 105, Rīga LV-1001

get in touch with me

(+371) 2048 2662

Working hours

by appointment