• 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
Do you feel you have benefited and changed during the course of our therapy?
"Yes without a shadow of doubt. I have learnt so much during therapy. Understanding my actions and those of others towards me, the real root cause for these. I have discovered more of my own qualities and have gradually not felt the need to feel approved of, or worthy to others.
I have allowed myself to be vulnerable and honest and to face some very challenging issues by talking through these. This has allowed me to feel the pain but then continue to build up my strength, of which I have learned I do have a lot of! I wish I had of had therapy earlier in life to have been blessed with the benefit sooner".

Question 2
Would you recommend therapy with me? If so why?
"I would definitely. You have been a true example to me. You have inspired me throughout our sessions and I learned to trust you. You work hard, you are determined and you have a great heart. I know you have not had success handed to you, your not a 'text book' therapist you are street wise and that also mattered to me".
 
Date of Posting: 30 December 2014
Posted By: K. R.
Teesside
Question 1:
Do you feel you have changed and benefited during our work together?
"I definitely feel that I have benefited and changed as a result of therapy. You have helped me loads and I now feel 100% confident that I’ll never get into another bad relationship again. I have had a few different types of counselling/therapy and never come away feeling any different but with you I feel I have addressed and actually made sense of everything now… The things that have happened in my life and also why I have got into the relationships I have. I honestly feel you have changed my life because I probably would have continued in that cycle."

Question 2
Would you recommend therapy with me and if so, why?
"I would definitely recommend therapy with you because you’re always honest and challenged me on things, like how I viewed events in my past, but you were always caring. I really can’t thank you enough "
 
Date of Posting: 30 November 2014
Posted By: Claire, D.
Teesside
Question 1
What have you learned about yourself over the duration of our work together & where there any key standout moments?
"I would say accepting myself as a whole and still being able to bring out all the seperate of me as and when I need too. I've learned that previously disowned parts of me are needed. I'm not afraid of what happen anymore. I have been standing up for myself at work, in family life & at University. I can imagine what you might say and that supports me to find my own voice".
Question 2
Would you recommend therapy with me & if so, why?
"Of course I would & I already have done. You do whats needed, you challenge people to be honest with themselves and thats important. You don't hide behind anything, theres no shit, what you see is what you get with you. I'm taking away more courage, more respect for myself and more acceptance that who I am as a person is great. I'll take away the smell of the fire in here too, it's like home".


 
Date of Posting: 03 November 2014
Posted By: Kerri, B.
Middlesbrough
Question 1:
What if anything have you learned about yourself over the duration of our work together?
"I've learned to accept that I am human, and to accept myself as I am. I have also learned not to suppress emotions and how to understand and control my anger more fully. But I guess the biggest thing is that I feel you've given me the confidence to see I'm going to be OK"

Question 2:
Would you recommend therapy with me and if so, why?
"Yes. I never felt judged by you, I was really ashamed and you understood. You also never threw jargon at me, you gave me real life examples that I can relate too. From the first session I've had the utmost respect for you as a therapist. I've really enjoyed it and I feel refreshed".

 
Date of Posting: 02 November 2014
Posted By: Ben, H.
Teesside
Q: What if anything have you learned about yourself over the duration of our work together?
A: "I;d say the biggest learning I've had is that when I drop into my insecure areas I don't need to stay there. I now know that I have the strength to refuse to take bullshit off of people. I can & do say what I need to say so that they know exactly who I am and what my opinion is. I'm clearer and more able to get my needs met too".
Q: Would you recommend therapy with me & if so, why?
A: "I would because for me there is a caring, loving and supportive honesty that runs right through you and thereby the work we have done together. With you, you get what you see. I had heard about you and I knew you were the therapist I needed, and the depth of work we have completed has justified my choice. I will miss talking and sharing with you each week but I feel I'll be carrying your support and care with me & can easily visualise your face & your reactions which is a valuable tool to have".
 
Date of Posting: 08 October 2014
Posted By: S A
Redcar and Cleveland
Q: What if anything have you learned about yourself over the duration of our work together?
A: "I've learned about my shadow side, which makes me think more about the decisions I am making and which side of me is making them. I have also learned how to channel my anger more healthily, the work we did on Bob the slam man gave me a real release".
Q: Would you recommend therapy with me and if so, why?
A: "Yes I would because I like the way you are. You have a nice calm way about you and you seem to have a lot of talents. It's been interesting getting to know you and getting to know more about myself".
 
Date of Posting: 08 October 2014
Posted By: J M
Stockton-on-Tees
Question 1
What if anything have you learned about yourself over the duration of our work together & were there any key stand-out moments?
"Loads of things and memories including the two deaths in my family we dealt with but if I had to put it under an umbrella the biggest is Transference, learning the power of the past and how it still affects me now. As I look back through my notes of our earlier sessions I no longer see myself the same way, the learning and change in me has been Massive."

Question 2
Would you recommend therapy with me and if so why?
"Ohh Yes. I've said before I'm a great believer in fate and I knew last summer I needed help. If I didn't get that help I would have got divorced and I believe I would have killed myself after having come so close to it before we met. I found you on the internet searching for Psychotherapist, you came up third or fourth but we hit it off really well, I believe our similar backgrounds helped too. With the right therapist, and I got the right one with you, everyone can benefit from it. I'm smiling more from within now and enjoying life, I will never forget you."
 
Date of Posting: 01 July 2014
Posted By: Richie. O.
Teesside
Question 1
What if anything have you learned about yourself over the duration of our work together & where there any key stand-out moments?
"I have a greater understanding of my vulnerabilities & thought processes. Through therapy you've taught me how to look at things more calmly and more logically, I had no idea how to deal with the issues I was facing. You helped me break them down one by one and by doing so manage to get ahead of them one at a time. I'd say one of the biggest learnings for me, or key moments was the realisation that I still have a child ego state within me. I've always wondered why at times I have felt so hurt and vulnerable, now I know that I still long for what I never had, I've been trying my whole life to get the love and affection my child never had enough of. I also thought the enactments and role play was very useful, it enabled me to identify and respond to the root of the problem in a way that I wouldn't have done otherwise.
After all the medical checks I've had to try and identify my physical pain drawing a blank you hit the nail on the head when explaining how you see my current life issues through a psychosomatic lens. My physical pain has eased more & more over the duration of our therapy as we have been dealing with my emotional distress".

Question 2
Would you recommend therapy with me & if so why?
"Yes I would indeed. Initially your age put me off but I've found that you have far more life experience and wisdom than I expected. You have what I find to be a unique way of explanation and communication which has helped me to understand myself more fully through the theories that inform your practice. And Alex you must be good because I'm missing the France football match right now in our last session and I don't take my football lightly".
 
Date of Posting: 01 July 2014
Posted By: Brian S.
Teesside
Question1
What, if anything, have you learned about yourself over the duration of our work together, where there any key standout moments?
"I've realised through the course of our therapy that it doesn't have to be just me against the rest of the world. Having never being impacted by a death before I didn't know how to deal with it, I do now and I've been able to grieve properly going through the stages enabling me to remember the best of him, without losing him. I have also felt that by throwing myself in the deep end, way out of my previous comfort zone I have grown and matured. All guns blazing works more for me now rather than my old pattern of avoidance which just made things bigger anyway. The Kahlil Gibran two separate columns analogy also helped me in building a stronger relationship with my partner. Instead of feeling like I have to be in a relationship, I now want to be, I've learned to take more responsibility for 'what's mine' in our relationship and reject what isn't. It's as if I'm leaving with more tools and I know how to use them more effectively".

Question 2
Would you recommend therapy with me, and if so why?
Yes, I definitely would. For me, I was a young lad walking in and I could relate to you. The fact that you've probably been in similar situations to me helped me to connect and open up to you more. One of the biggest things for me was that I didn't just want somebody sat across from me nodding, from your picture you looked like you'd be able to challenge me and you did which has helped me make more changes as opposed to the stereotype I had in my head.
I like how the first five minutes or so we catch up but when its time to work we get stuck in, then warm down at the end leaving everything in the room rather than taking my problems outside.
I've never felt like you've told me what to do its always been like you've walked with me to the end of the diving board and it was up to me to do the rest, ultimately its never been forced.
Thinking back to the beginning I feel totally different, a lot more calm in myself and I think more instead of being as reactive. I also have more empathy with myself and others.
To start with I felt pushed into therapy by my partner and leaving now I'd rather deal with my problems than store them up and deal with the consequences. I'll never regret coming to therapy, I have a much clearer more positive mindset and I'd definitely recommend it for anyone, I feel everyone would gain from it".
 
Date of Posting: 07 June 2014
Posted By: Jonathan, B.
Teesside
"This is my second time I've seen you and it's helped wonders. It's helped me to put my past learning back into place. Your not like like any other therapist I've known, your kind, caring, compassionate and at times cheeky! Your real easy to talk too and one of only a few people who can really make me feel at ease. Sometimes you irritate me me by challenging me, I don't like being wrong, when I'm hell bent and stubborn you can help me shift my one track thinking. I also want to thank you for making therapy affordable for me by dropping your price to what I can afford so that I could still come and see you. You could have said no but you didn't. Whenever I've left you messages you've always got back to me really quickly to put my mind at rest, I never got that elsewhere. I've had good solid therapy with somebody who gets me and my life. I can see a big difference between this ending and our last, I feel more balanced on the whole, I'm less fixed and I'm calmer and happier in general. I've learned that I'm stronger than I first believed, I just needed a tune up to remind me of the good in life and the good in me"
 
Date of Posting: 14 May 2014
Posted By: Louise, C.
Redcar & Cleveland

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