• 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.
  • Examined life
    Examined life Having compiled 500 plus personal therapy hours over the duration of 12 years (2002-present) with the UK Council for Psychotherapy Senior Practitioners I lead an examined and fuller life. I invite you…
  • One 2 One Therapy
    One 2 One Therapy I offer a warm, relaxed and confidential suite for us to begin our work together with space and support for you to find your feet, recharge and possibly explore re-investing in yourself, and your future potentiality.
  • UKCP Accredited
    UKCP Accredited Having initially undergone three years extensive training as a counsellor, I subsequently chose to pursue training for a further four years achieving a Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy (Distinction) accredited by the UKCP.

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I have had a wide and varied life experience base prior to becoming a Psychotherapist spanning two continents, Africa and the U.K. including formerly working at ground & management level on-shore and off-shore in the fields of construction & engineering industries. Creatively I have written, recorded and performed my own original music as a solo artist (included on my website under the header music lounge), academically, I have recently had a research article of mine published in the European Journal for Qualitative research in Psychotherapy whilst having plans for more research in the offing. In my sporting life I have participated as a former amateur boxer and kick-boxer before injury and surgical intervention curtailed my progress. I have also delivered community sports programmes informed primarily by qualifying as a CSLA instructor underpinned by experience gained as an assistant boxing coaching working with local boxers in both the amateur and professional code.

I have a particularly keen eye for continued Professional & Personal Development. After Qualification and subsequent accreditation, I have completed self funded further training in EMDR, Transactional Analysis, Mindfulness, Biosynthesis, Effective Intervention With Violent Behaviour, Couples Therapy, Experiential Therapy, Internal Family Systems Therapy, Imago Therapy and Meditation Training. I have also been accepted for a place on the European Diploma in Supervision course in 2014 as well as recent notification of being accepted for the 2015 EAP Integrative Association Child Psychotherapy Diploma Training.

In terms of Personal Development, we Psychotherapist practitioners registered with the UK Council of Psychotherapists believe that self knowledge is paramount in enabling us to be at the cutting edge of therapeutic practice. In short the more we know about ourselves, the more effective we can be in assisting you the client. I have been, and continue to benefit from being in regular personal therapy with an excellent therapist post Qualifying, which is over and above my Governing bodies stipulations and I believe a good indicator of both my Integrity and passion as a Psychotherapist.

MY PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

 

·  Level 2 NCFE Humanistic counselling (2003-2004)

·  Level 3 NCFE Certificate in Humanistic Counselling (2004-2005)

·  Level 4 NCFE Diploma in Humanistic Counselling Level 4-5 Validated by Teesside University (2005-2007)

·  POST GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN GESTALT PSYCHOTHERAPY (DISTINCTION) equivalent level to a Masters, S.C.P.T.I UKCP ACCREDITED (2007-2011)

·  I work within U.K.C.P.  S.C.P.T.I  B.A.C.P. codes of ethics.

·  Professional Indemnity Insurance.

·  Full CRB Check


EXPERIENCE


COUNSELLOR & GESTALT PSYCHOTHERAPIST
Therapy with Alex
July 2007-Present 
Private Practice

LEAD COUNSELLOR & TRAINEE GESTALT PSYCHOTHERAPIST
Coatham House Projects
December 2005-December 2010

COUNSELLOR & TRAINEE GESTALT PSYCHOTHERAPIST
T.A.C.T (Therapy And Counselling Teesside)
November 2007-July 2009
Private sector referrals 

TRAINEE COUNSELLOR
New Directions
January 2006-January 2007
Mental Health walk in centre team member supporting clients with a wide range of Mental Health issues.

TRAINEE COUNSELLOR
The Lightouse drop in centre
January 2006-January 2007
Trainee Counsellor in a free, self referral, out of hours, open access, support and information service for those 16+ suffering from emotional distress/mental health problems in the Stockton on Tees area.

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