• 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:

Q1: What if anything have you gained over the duration of our work together? Where there any key/standout moments?
"I have gained my happiness back, a sense of freedom and can now control my emotions much easier. No longer do I feel like have the weight of the world of my shoulders with no way of getting it off. I can see clearer, I can concentrate and focus on tasks which I struggled to do previously. I no longer feel embarrassed to talk about what's troubling/worrying me to close friends and family which I never thought I'd be able to do. Life now feels much simpler and brighter".

Q2: would you recommend therapy with me, and if so, why?
"I would 100% recommend therapy with yourself.
I was made to feel at ease at all times. Always felt like you had time for me, I was never rushed in to explaining my thoughts/feelings and could tell from the very moment I stepped in to the room that you were genuinely interested in helping me, listening patiently to all my problems, providing explanations of my symptoms and suggesting productive ways of dealing with certain things.
Overall a very knowledgeable, helpful, patient and trustworthy therapist who I will always be thankful to for bringing out the old me'.
 
Date of Posting: 19 January 2017
Posted By: Lee, L.
Teesside
Question 1
What if anything have you gained over the duration of our work together, and were there any key, standout moments?
"Yeah I think confidence in me and who I am is the biggest thing, because when I first came to see you that was the biggest issue that I had, I wasn't sure who I was. I think even that little bit of me that thought I was somebody, I wasn't confident in that and I think I very much thought that having the different characters within me wasn't right. I thought that that was me not knowing who I was, but the big revelation is that I'm allowed to be these 'different' characters and that I now have the ability to chop and change between them to suit my situation. That's the biggest learning that I have took away from our work. So confidence is definitely the biggest take away, learning about how to deal with other people, working on my dad and understanding that he isn't who I thought he was. I had put him on such a pedestal for my whole life and its through the work I've now done that I realise thats not where he should be, he shouldn't be there at all and the acceptance now of that makes it a lot easier to deal with everything thats happened this year as well. its also been an eye opener for me to be able to see now how my sisters and brothers saw him all this time and me thinking that 'why are yous not looking at him in the way that i do' so with everything that's happened this year thats been a big point for me as well".

Question 2
Would you recommend therapy with me, and if so, why?
"Yeah definitely, I think for me whether or not this would have worked with a different therapist, I don't know. I find you easier to talk to than somebody thats just going to sit there and hasn't had necessarily the same kind of life experience and would deal with things in a potentially different way. I find you more grounded and easier to see eye to eye with, I know we still had very different lives but I think i can connect with you in my head in a way that I wouldn't have necessarily been able to do with somebody that's maybe gone through private school say, and hadn't lived much outside of that. I would recommend you, and I have done'.
 
Date of Posting: 05 December 2016
Posted By: G, F.
Yorkshire
Question 1
What if anything have you gained over the duration of our work together? Were there any key/standout moments?
"I have gained a sense of self, you’ve shown me how to accept myself. At the beginning of our work I struggled to understand where I stood in various relationships, I viewed myself in a negative way. Our sessions gave me the opportunity to be able to escape from certain situations and really focus on how these were effecting me. The ongoing support you have offered me has helped me achieve goals that I never dreamed of being able to reach. The most valuable thing I’ve taken away from these sessions is to believe in myself and feel confident about the fact that I’m a good Mum, daughter and friend".

Question 2
Would you recommend therapy with me, and if so, why?
"Yes, I have and I will continue to do so as I’d love nothing more than for other people to also be able to experience the positive effect that our sessions have had on me".
 
Date of Posting: 02 October 2016
Posted By: K.G.
Teesside
Question 1
What, if anything, have you gained over the duration of our work together? Where there any key/standout moments?

"I have gained a lot of self belief, I have learnt to love myself aswell as others, that is very important. Now I know what it does and how it helps not only you but others around you. I have also learnt self control, a lot of it. When I first came to therapy, there was not a lot, if anything I could let go over my head, after my time with you Alex, I could hold things, learnt new techniques and learn to deal with my own emotions without taking them out on others".

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

"I would definitely recommend you Alex. I was nervous on starting therapy as its a daunting thing for a proud man to start, but it's relaxed, no judgements and has helped me and my family relationship just what I wanted it to do. Worth every penny".

 
Date of Posting: 04 September 2016
Posted By: Danny
Redcar & Cleveland
Question 1
What, if anything, have you gained over the duration of our work together? Where there any key/standout moments?
"I have gained a great amount of patience and self-awareness throughout our sessions, the standout moment for me was where you helped me identify situations that made me angry and unhappy, I was then able to put obstacles in place to avoid them and side step confrontations".

Q2-Would you recommend therapy with me, and if so, why?
"I would definitely recommend therapy with you Alex as you live in the real world and have been part of the real world , many therapists do not understand real life situations and live in an educational bubble and do not fully understand how difficult life can be for most people out there".

 
Date of Posting: 02 September 2016
Posted By: J.S
Tyne & Wear
Question 1
What, if anything, have you gained over the duration of our work together? And where there any key/standout moments?

"For me I think the biggest thing I have taken from therapy is being able to look at things from a clearer perspective. I'm able to see situations, without being clouded by my thoughts, as they actually are. I've also learnt that it's ok to feel particular emotions and I should just go with them, that there's nothing wrong with feeling particular ways and doing so doesn't make me a failure.
Key moments were: speaking as an outsider to myself about my situation, and saying goodbye to somebody who is no longer in my life but regularly in my thoughts".

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

"I definitely would recommend therapy with you, in fact I already have to a few people! Every session I've had a 'light bulb' moment and have come away from therapy feeling positive and having clarity on particular situations".
 
Date of Posting: 11 August 2016
Posted By: Jane
Redcar & Cleveland
Q1. What, if anything, have you gained over the duration of our work together?
"Being true to myself is what I would say. That involves getting stronger and being more independent, our work has given me the drive to know that I can succeed in many areas. It's made me a better parent too, I haven't spilled over at home onto the kids, I have brought my feelings here and then went home and shown my strength to them. I'm just better all round in relationships. I learned to accept being alone, and now even though I'm in a really good relationship, I want him, I don't need him. It's had a massive impact on my life, I never would have thought I'd have the strength and courage I have now".

Q2. Would you recommend therapy with me, and if so, why?
"I do anyway, so yes, massively. It helps you grow, I haven't dealt with my issues with biased people, its not pity with you, which I hate. I think everybody should be in therapy at some point in their life. I have had therapy before and it didn't do me any good, maybe because you've been there, you understand. Therapists I've had before, can I say it, don't get it, it seemed like they were stuck up their own arse. I felt like a tick box NHS client. To be fair maybe I wasn't as ready back then too, but it felt like they had a mould I had to fit into and one of their targets they had to meet".

 
Date of Posting: 24 July 2016
Posted By: Becky, L.
North Yorkshire
Question 1
What, if anything, have you gained from the duration of our work together?

"I have gained more confidence, a way to look at things more objectively, to develop more awareness of a given situation. I remember when I came into one of our sessions having had a particularly hard time at work, and we did the EMDR and it was amazing, I wasn't scared anymore, the fear of that situation was gone. In one of your experiments I also realised that I had come to forgive myself, the four year old little girl that had no voice regained her voice. I learned to acknowledge my pain and to understand that the pain I went through was real and that I had done what I had to to survive.
I always felt that I wasn't enough and you've always reminded me that I am and to keep my child alive because that's where the spirit lives. There were lots of moments when I felt encouraged by you, like a building process, I feel like everything I need is now within me. I just need to continue to nurture and protect myself, I feel like I'm now home. Thank you for that.

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

Yes of course I would. You are genuine, you listen, I've had a therapist before who looked at the clock and nodded, you were there and shared your thoughts and feelings. You could also identify with whatever situation I was in and you empathised with me. I would say that the number one reason is probably that you challenge your clients, if you are serious about doing hard work you have to be ready to rip off the bandage and get to work. You also have the best fireplace and toilet in the north east of England. And also I've never said thank you for working around my surgery schedule. Thank you".
 
Date of Posting: 11 July 2016
Posted By: N. I.
Teesside
Q1: What, if anything, have you learned about yourself over the duration of our work together, where there any stand out moments?

"About half way through our work when I put my barriers up was a stand out moment for me, that's when the penny dropped as I tried repeating what I've always done, kicking off and shutting down but you clocked it and we worked through it. I realised I've lived my life conforming to what others need from me, I've worked my socks off and slowly seen my family life deteriorating. I used to treat everything full on with the same approach. It was hard realising how the way I've been impacts so much on my children especially. I've now learned to tune into how my behaviour effects others around me and see that how I'm being affects their scripts so powerfully. I'm getting in better with everyone now."

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

"Yeah of course, it's difficult to explain why though but if I didn't come I don't know where my life would be now. I think I would have just locked myself away. I speak more now too instead of just shutting up shop and getting angry. I'm now embracing what I used to see as a chore. I've softened a lot, at home and at work and I don't want to fight the world no more. I'll keep working on what we've covered, I've learned what makes me tick and pushed through some dark scary times. I'm focusing on the now and taking life one step at a time."

 
Date of Posting: 22 March 2016
Posted By: M, L.
N. East
Q1: What, if anything, have you learned about yourself over the duration of our work together, where there any stand out moments?

"I came into therapy knowing that I had a high level of negative self-awareness; I already knew a lot about myself; or so I thought. The sessions allowed me to explore how and why I have become the person I am today. They allowed me to connect with several younger versions of myself, recognise why they had developed the way they had and, as the sessions continued, I found that I had understanding and (dare I say) compassion for them and what they have been through. As a result I have been able to extend some of that understanding and compassion to my adult self and start to accept how I have become the person I am today. I was my own worst enemy when I started Gestalt therapy, now I am becoming my friend. Maybe not my best friend yet, but that idea doesn’t seem as impossible now as it once did!! I’m a work in progress, and I am ok with that!"

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

"Undoubtedly. I was challenged in ways that I had never been challenged before, yet I felt psychologically held and totally safe throughout the whole process. Gestalt and your practice have taught me that I should not take what I think I know at face value; things aren’t always what they seem. I listen so much more to my feelings and senses now rather than just relying on my head. I have also learned that the past happened for a reason but that it is how I use that in the “here and now” that will best serve me and my future. I admired your congruence and openness and felt reassured me that things in my own past were not wrong and did not make me a terrible person. “Thank you” doesn’t seem enough!"

 
Date of Posting: 13 March 2016
Posted By: Sarah, P

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