Hello, my name is Alexandra. I am a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist. In practice for five years. My training is 'Integrative’ which means that I see everything as connected and I work with trauma in a way which seeks to restore wholeness. Getting your body, emotions and mind working together to keep you well. Supporting you to reflect on what feels broken or disconnected or missing. I seek to offer a warm and supportive partnership, understanding together what brings you to therapy. We will talk about the past but I also want to help you to think, feel, and notice what is going on for you now. The things which have brought you to therapy.
Increasingly these days therapists understand that trauma sits in the body and in our nervous system and I ascribe to this position. So I use polyvagal theories, non-verbal noticing of sensations and somatic experiences and I support clients to use the breath and physical movement in therapy if that is clinically appropriate. This is something that I will do alongside you as we explore what happens to you in the here and now as you live your life.
I have been an Anglican Priest for twenty years so I work comfortably and happily with questions of spirituality, meaning, identity, life's rituals and changes, death and dying. For the avoidance of doubt I am entirely affirming and supportive of clients wishing to explore aspects of faith and spirituality, gender, sexual orientation and neurodivergence.
I identify as neuro-divergent.
I have been a priest in the Church of England since 2002. Working in parishes in Preston and London, and as a chaplain in Lancaster and Preston.
My training and vocation have given me the lifelong gift and privilege of being part of peoples lives in all kinds different circumstances.
As a therapist this life has given me a particular kind of 'ear' for the big things of life, for the minute detail, and for the spiritual rites of passages, themes and meanings in my own life, and the lives of others. You can rest assured though that, while I may offer challenge as part of your process of change, I am affirmative of all sexual, gender and cultural identities.
Like all UKCP registered psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors I can work with a wide range of issues, but here are some areas in which I have a special interest or additional experience.