• 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 learned about yourself over the duration of our work together, and where there any key standout moments?

"What I've learned is to express my feelings which is a hell of a difference from when I used to build them up and then blow. I don't let things build up now, I take a minute to think, whereas before I'd fly off the handle like a firework. I use what I've learned daily. The way we've worked has also been at my pace, and my choice which I have really enjoyed. I've learned that its not a sign of weakness to express your emotions because your an ex soldier and ex policeman. I'm glad I asked for help".

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

"Obviously yes. It's quite strange what happened. I went on counselling directory and there was a lot of choice, but you stood out for me, there was something about you. I asked my wife to search too and tell me who she thought I should go with, she looked through them all and said, this one, which was you and that sealed it. I think your therapy room is fantastic too, homely which made me feel at ease, with loads of space. You have a nice easy manner and our lives have been very similar at times. One of the toughest things for me to do is to show weakness which wasn't a problem for me around you. I also liked how you asked me what I would like to deal with, and in what order allowing me to ease into the demons. I remember feeling so much lighter after we had worked on the biggest one, I could feel the change as I walked out of the door."


 
Date of Posting: 20 September 2015
Posted By: Andrew
Teesside
Question 1
What if anything have you learned about yourself over the duration of our work together, were there any standout moments?
"Emotions. I have learned to listen to them more and by doing so gain more control over them. I was coming out of depression with my fathers death, and before you I couldn't talk openly about Dad, now I can. I've learned through you and the P.A.C model to recognise and take care of my needs as they arise. The anger work was a superb release valve, helping me to identify and let go of my anger. I am taking away techniques to help me cope with life, like the pictures you made for me that I still use to ground myself and stay in the present. I use our techniques before meetings now and always go in a lot calmer. I also remember how accurate your intuition and summations were of my true feelings in the role play, you could play my feelings and speak my thoughts to a tee. I can now talk about life more openly, and feel more fully. I am a more confident man and not just in my job but in all areas of my life."

Question 2
Would you recommend therapy with me, and if so, why?
100 percent yes. In my lifetime I have never known a person listen so carefully to what I had been through and I was amazed at how you addressed my feelings and in particular my childhood. I think that you are very very conscious of how people are and so understanding. I just think your a top guy to work with. I would recommend you for any form of therapy , your the only person in my life that I have been able to talk 100 percent honestly with and doing so has made me a better man."
 
Date of Posting: 19 July 2015
Posted By: Mark W.
teesside
What, if anything, have you gained or learned about yourself over the duration of our work together?

"I thought I knew myself, but didn’t. The sessions dug up some surprising things about “the inner me” and my coping methods. Some good, but some to work at if I am to keep my equilibrium as a long-term Carer. I am extremely grateful for Alex’s insight into my past experiences, looking from a complete new perspective and with compassion".

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

"Yes, I would. I came out of this feeling worthy and determined, and learnt that if I look out for myself first, then I‘ll be able to look out for the both of us, and we’ll be better for it. The point “Let there be space in your togetherness” really hit home. Altogether, it was an enriching experience that will stay with me for a long time".
 
Date of Posting: 30 June 2015
Posted By: C. S.
Teesside
Question 1
What, if anything, have you gained or learned about yourself over the duration of our work together?
"The main thing is I understand more now, that my problems affect other people too. I don't feel alone anymore which has lifted me."

Question 2
Would you recommend therapy with me, and if so why?
"Yes Its worked in only four sessions with this last one to go. I thought of a therapist and imagined, condescending, but your not. Your explanations are easy for me to take on board because you talk in my language. Without even asking you you just hit the nail right on the head."
 
Date of Posting: 24 June 2015
Posted By: D. A.
Teesside
Question 1
What, if anything, have you gained or learned about yourself over the duration of our work together?
"I'd say I have realised I am not a victim anymore, and I have new healthier ways of coping with anxiety. I've learned I need to do more outside of work, hobbies and stuff like that to find more balance. I have also realised that I can still act reluctantly to being as honest as I could be, which I've learned is an adjustment I have held onto from the past that is still holding me back now."

Question 2
Would you recommend therapy with me, and if so why?
"Yes I would. You have given me a new perspective, a different way of looking at things. This has been different to the therapy I have had before which was more about teaching me to be more assertive. Now I have found the answers as to why I have held back so long and not been assertive."
 
Date of Posting: 24 June 2015
Posted By: S. A.
Teesside
Question 1
What, if anything, do you feel you have learned about yourself over the duration of our work together?

"I've learned a lot. Before I used to put up with, and take shit, I'm a lot more confident now and rather than bottle it up I will say it as it is. I definitely have more confidence now. I've learned to ask for help now when I need it instead of allowing others a free ride. I'm telling people when I'm not happy with their attitude. A lot of what we have discussed helps make things so much clearer, especially around my inner child".
Question 2
Would you recommend therapy with me and if so why?

"Definitely, you've been very helpful to me, helped me cope and put things into clear perspective. As I said you've helped me understand things I couldn't understand and helped me find the confidence along with the strategies to cope and deal with my problems".


 
Date of Posting: 06 May 2015
Posted By: Elaine, E
Teesside
Question 1
What, if anything, have you learned about yourself over the duration of our work together?

"I've learned there's lots of ways I can relax rather than holding things inside. I feel better in myself altogether now, my life without as many arguments is heaven. I was forever feeling angry but I feel free and easy now, my life and anger was like a crescendo that I don't get caught up in as easily now. I've learned to not give my power away".

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

"Definitely. For me once I got over the first hurdle of coming to therapy, I immediately felt comfortable with you. I find you very easy going and very understanding. You have also managed to draw out so many memories and I have come to realise how important the past is in the present. I don't think there was anything I could have done on my own, this has been very beneficial for me and others in my life. The overall experience leaves me feeling much happier and the child in me is getting more than it's ever had which is amazing".
 
Date of Posting: 06 May 2015
Posted By: Lenny, K
Teesside
Question 1: What, if anything, have you learned about yourself over the duration of our work together? And where there any key standout moments?

"Ive learned to allow myself all of my range of emotions and to be OK with that and to make peace with that. The standout moments were revisiting deeply painful times when I felt abandoned".

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

"Yes definitely. I feel you have really lived and been on a big journey and this has opened you up in a way that allows you to connect and be deeply empathetic, and yet rigorous, calm and controlled in the process. I understand the process of letting go requires continually opening the painful moments and I feel we've done that, and I now have the tools to continue that work should I need to in the future, Thank you".


 
Date of Posting: 01 April 2015
Posted By: David, M.
Teesside
Q 1: What, if anything, have you learned about yourself over the duration of our work together, where there any key standout moments?

"The key moments for me are that I found it really easy to open up to you straight away. I've never like therapist/client and I've never felt judged. If anything its felt like a mate type relationship".

Q 2: would you recommend therapy with me, and if so why?

"Yes, just because it was so easy to feel comfortable with you and the environment you provide. Ive learned a lot and I've never felt pressurised, your tea's not to bad either..I'll give it a 8 out of 10".
 
Date of Posting: 11 February 2015
Posted By: Janet, H.
Teesside
Q 1: What if anything have you learned about yourself over the duration of our work together, where there any key or standout moments?

"A key moment was when you said to me 'if you always do what you've always done, then you'll always get what you always got'. That hit home, I was stuck in Groundhog Day and I'm not now. I know I can't control everything and I'm not hung up on trying too anymore. I'm not as anxious all the time".

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

"I would say yes, you have a really calming influence and you've helped me deal with and understand what was going on in my head".
 
Date of Posting: 11 February 2015
Posted By: Jeannette, M.
Teesside

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