I am also registered with the Health Care Professions Council as a counselling psychologist.
I qualified as a counselling psychologist over twenty years ago and I have worked within the NHS for over ten years. I began my private practice over fifteen years ago and I have been based in Highgate, North London throughout. Whilst North London is my main base, I also see a small number of clients at my Central London consulting room. I abide by the ethical guidelines of both the British Psychological Society and the Health and Care Professions Council.
I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and see trainee therapists for both personal therapy and supervision.
Counselling Psychologists are trained in at least two central therapeutic approaches. This means that I have formal training in both Person Centred Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. The former believes in the client’s own sense of personal agency and encourages them to access their own inner resources and strengths. The latter explores the links between thoughts, feelings and behaviours and encourages clients to modify unhelpful thinking patterns and behaviours.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution Focussed Therapy, Compassion Focussed Therapy and Mindfulness.
In broad terms, this means that I can access a range of helpful (and interactive) interventions that can help clients break with unhelpful patterns and develop new coping styles. Whilst a large component of my private work is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, I also use Mindfulness to help clients cope more effectively with the here and now, alongside using breathing meditations to encourage a move away from negative thought patterns toward a set of more helpful (and measured) responses.
As a practitioner, I am warm and accessible in style. I believe in establishing and nurturing a positive and trusting therapeutic relationship and I aim to help clients become more empowered at managing their lives and becoming more fully engaged with what is important to them.
“During a period 3 years ago, when I was suffering from terrible anxiety and obsessive thinking, I found Alexandra to be a most compassionate, resourceful, and effective therapist.”