• Therapy with Alex
    Therapy with Alex Taking the first steps in acknowledging that you need support doesn’t make you weak, in fact it is quite the opposite. Considering the demanding world we live in today I believe that therapy is becoming a necessity
  • Fear of the Unknown
    Fear of the Unknown Through undertaking therapy we can stretch our capacity to tolerate the moment to moment uncertainties of life. Over time you may come to embrace the ebbs and flows of life, and gain an acceptance of ‘what is’.
  • Know thyself
    Know thyself Socrates (C. 469 BC-399 BC) one of the world’s most celebrated philosophers knew the priceless value of self knowledge. In our generation self knowledge gained in therapy is yet again becoming the King of currency.
  • Therapy with Alex
    Therapy with Alex Taking the first steps in acknowledging that you need support doesn’t make you weak, in fact it is quite the opposite. Considering the demanding world we live in today I believe that therapy is becoming a necessity

Your input is important to me. Please provide your valuable feedback. Here are some testimonials from my past and present clients:

Question 1
What, if anything, have you gained or learned about yourself over the duration of our work together, and where there any key-standout moments?

“I've learnt a lot about my relationship with my partner. We are now able to communicate much better. I am more considerate of his feelings. I also have a better understanding of how my childhood and early adulthood experiences have impacted on me and my attitude to life/people. I now allow myself to feel emotions and express those emotions rather than bottle them up. There are a few key moments from my therapy sessions. One being the importance of nutrition on the mind and body but also that for all you can psychologically "put things in a box" the body "keeps score" and this can manifest itself into physical symptoms”.

Question 2
Would you recommend therapy with me, and if so, why?

“I would highly recommend working with Alex as he has a vast amount of knowledge and expertise in lots of areas. I'm in a much better place than I was thanks to the work I have done with Alex. When I'm ready to address other key areas in my life Alex will be the person I contact first.”


 
Date of Posting: 18 March 2018
Posted By: Lisa
North East of England
Q1
What, if anything, have you gained-learned about yourself over the duration of our work together, and where there any key/standout moments?

“I’ve learned a lot about myself and understanding other people points of view. The sessions have vastly improved the relationship of me and my father.”

Q2
Would you recommend therapy with me, and if so, why?

“Yes I would recommend therapy with you, as your recommendations and advice help massively towards most issues I have”.


 
Date of Posting: 18 March 2018
Posted By: Jack
North East of England
Q1
What, if anything, have you learned or gained over the duration of our work together. And where there any key-standout moments?

“Talking about the loss and using the techniques you’ve taught me I feel a lot more relaxed even getting into a car again, I found that really useful. I just feel better, being able to talk about what happened, I didn’t want to put all of that on to others around me, they’ve got enough on their plate, it wouldn’t be fair.
That Zen stuff you taught me too also let me slow things down and get out of my head, choose my thoughts. I can sleep now too, without waking up from the nightmares I’d been having.”

Q2
Would you recommend therapy with me, and if so, why?

“Yeah you’re easy to talk too. I feel relaxed in here with you and I’ve enjoyed coming. It’s just good, I didn’t know what to expect, I thought it would be very different and serious.
You’re really chilled out, that’s helped me chill too.”


 
Date of Posting: 12 March 2018
Posted By: Jordan
Teesside
Question 1
What, if anything, have you gained-learned about yourself over the duration of our work together & were there any key-standout moments?

“I feel like I know how to de-stress, I see things differently to be honest. I think I’ve learned I don’t need as much input from my friends or partner, I can go the right way about things without being the hot headed one. I’ve learned that talking things through is a lot better than shouting or arguing. A standout moment for me is when you taught me the difference between process and content, and how to assess what people want from me, and not to fall for their traps. They don’t get to play me like that anymore”.

Question 2
Would you recommend therapy with me, and if so, why?

“Yes, I would, because I think you have a lot of life experience and could relate to my feelings, in that sense you were perfect for me. And you taught me what caused me to be the way I was, particularly with the way I expressed anger, and that I could choose another way of expressing it without blowing up or denying it.
I can see a massive difference in the way I am”.


 
Date of Posting: 05 February 2018
Posted By: Andy, G.
Teesside
Question 1
What, if anything, have you gained/learned about yourself over the duration of our work together, and where there any key/standout moments?

“Main one for me is keeping calm and not being led by my thoughts the way I used to be. Realising that I can choose to ignore my thoughts, and being taught how too, has allowed me to stop feeding the fire. I’m able to assess quicker now and not let myself spiral out of control. I’ve learned to look after myself better and not let my revs get above the 4.5 we worked on. I’m back hitting the gym hard and less wound which has stopped the negative knock on effect at home as well. I’m modelling the behaviour I want more of at home.”

Question 2
Would you recommend therapy with me, and if so, why?

“Yes. If you purely consider when I started to now and how much more relaxed, healthier, calmer and more in control of myself I am now it speaks volumes for our time. You’ve given me good advice, you have plenty of knowledge which has helped me understand why I’ve been having the thoughts I’d been having by explaining it to me simply, then offering solutions that will sustain the improvements long term.”
 
Date of Posting: 25 January 2018
Posted By: Matty
Middlesbrough
Q1

What, if anything, have you gained/learned about yourself over the duration of our work together, and where there any key/standout moments?

"Since working with you I've changed, started training again, I've re-found it, went back to school too and keeping that up. Got on a lot better with my Dad too from you explaining things in a better way to me. I've now got a clearer vision of what I want to do and don't want to do."

Q2

Would you recommend therapy with me, and if so, why?

"Yeah because I think the most important thing is you listened, and didn't judge the book by its cover, you've listened and explained things clearer."
 
Date of Posting: 21 November 2017
Posted By: L,H.
Teesside
Q1: What, if anything, have you gained/learned about yourself over the duration of our work together? And where there any key/standout moments?

"I think recognising aspects of myself, dealing with my emotions. Keeping a reign on my tendency to let things get to me and go from calm to completely out of control. It has got me into a lot of trouble, I took on board what you said, choose your battles. Also coming to terms with my sexuality, being bisexual, you shone a light on that area and we revisited that side of me. I'm a more relaxed, balanced and happier person which is everything I wanted out of the sessions. Also since we did the EMDR I think it helped with many similar events in my life that have been life threatening. I was able to see big changes, typically I would avoid news about tragic events, now I have a choice to watch or turn off. It's manageable. In retrospect it helped more than the memory we worked on in a weird way. I feel fine about that now".

Q2: would you recommend therapy with me, and if so, why?

"Yes I would. Why? You've helped me and you've got a sound grounding. I was sceptical about some of the things we've done, EMDR in particular, but you've proved me wrong.".

 
Date of Posting: 16 October 2017
Posted By: John
Teesside
Q1.
What, if anything, have you gained or learned about yourself over the duration of our work together? And where there any key/standout moments?

"Patience, that's a big one. Also more understanding of other people, understanding that they are not mind readers. Also allowing people to speak and not to be so serious about everything. I've also learned to be mindful of what other people are feeling instead of just my feelings, that's really helped me and my partner. People have kept telling me I am different, more confident and open.
When I first came I was a bit ashamed, I'd put it off for years. I used to just snap, now I don't, people tell me I'm mellow."

Q2.
Would you recommend therapy with me, and if so, why?

"Already have, I mean I never wanted to see a therapist, never mind trust a therapist with how stubborn I've been, I've already recommended you to several people. You've certainly changed my opinion on therapists. Thank you."
 
Date of Posting: 08 October 2017
Posted By: Daryl
Teesside
What, if anything, have you learned about yourself over the duration of our work together, were there any standout moments?

"How do I answer this in a short paragraph, there is so much to say. You've helped me to love and respect myself, focus on my needs and not give away all my energy to others. Our sessions helped me to see that my default has been the 'rescuer/fixer'. With your help I've learnt how to resist throwing myself in to helping others to the detriment to myself, and to give from my bucket not my well.
I've learnt how to deal with difficult situations and not hold on to my emotions, pretending to everyone I had everything under control and I could keep going with my own issues and everyone else's problems. I thought I was Superwoman, I was a workaholic, had high expectations of myself, in fast mode constantly and therefore able to deal with everything. I will now openly voice how I'm feeling and ask for help. I've learnt how to slow down and enjoy the moment. I can still hear you saying 'slowly, slow down'. You made me see how my inner child still needed fun. I'm now much more aware of my inner child and have more fun, planning things into my day that I enjoy.
You have taught me a number of valuable techniques which I refer to regularly. "

Would you recommend therapy with me, and if so, why?

"Absolutely and I already have recommended you. I openly talk about our sessions to family and friends, initially I was too proud and saw it as a weakness, I now realise it's not a weakness it shows strength.
Always felt I could discuss everything, you made me feel I could be open and never judged me.
When I was looking for a therapist I was determined to speak to a male, I wanted someone to challenge me and not be all airy, fairy. Alex certainly met the criteria, he challenged me on a number of occasions.
You listened and shared your own experiences. I felt you genuinely cared for my well being and I've made a true friend.
Thank you for your support. I'm sure our paths will cross again.
Until I see you again, take care.

 
Date of Posting: 16 May 2017
Posted By: Amanda
Teesside
Question 1
What, if anything, have you gained over the duration of our work together and where there any key-standout moments?

"I felt like when I first came I was lost, I didn't understand who I was, or what I wanted from life. Since we've been working together I feel like my minds clear now on where I'm going. A standout moment for me was when you were challenging me to do things..I didn't think I could do it, then I'd achieve it, and go for another challenge to help me grow as a person. Another standout for me is how much you care about me, for your clients, it's not just the next chicken in the line".

Question 2
Would you recommend therapy with me, and if so, why?

"Yes, definitely. I came in with one issue and over the duration of our work other issues that I have in my life would pop up and I'd resolve them. I remember one particular issue that came up and I thought 'what would Alex do?' And then I'd apply that to my own voice and find the answer. You became my father figure, a brother, a friend that I keep in my mind to draw down on going forward".

 
Date of Posting: 11 May 2017
Posted By: A, P.
Teesside

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