Michael Alexander, Dip.Couns., BSc, MBACP
Crossgates Therapy Centre
The Old Manse
13 Austhorpe Road
07533069025 / 01132266677
Welcome to my Counselling Directory Profile;
Hello , I am an integrative counsellor and I work with individuals, including teenage children as well as couples with relationship issues. Integrative means I do not have only one way of working. My belief is that you, the client, determine the approach.
At times we can feel there are no choices left to us;at least give talking therapy a chance when you feel like this.There are always choices for us, it may not seem like there are but I can help to shine a light on where those choices are.
Our mental health is so important perhaps more than what we believe. While keeping fit physically is often raised as something we must do, however, to ignore how we feel and what we keep inside, whether anger, frustration or sadness may adversely affect our mental health.
Anxiety can wear us down worrying about all those 'what if' rhetorical questions we ask ourselves. Depression and anxiety sometimes occur together causing someone great psychological pain.
I can work with you on these, and other issues to shine a light on the reasons for them and help you through the process.
Anger is an emotion that may have damaging effects on you and your relationship. We can work together to understand why it happens so much and hopefully reach a point where you respond to events rather than react.
How do we respond to events in our childhood or adult life that have left a shadow that often comes back to us? I can help you work through these traumatic memories and the pain they still cause.
It may be anxiety, depression, loss of someone you love, low confidence and low self-esteem that has brought you to my site.
Another reason is about a relationship that may have been difficult or has reached a point where you need to talk through your wants and needs, because sometimes we lose the way about what we want and need, indeed we change over time. Working together we can find a way to resolve your difficulties.
.Joyce Vissell made such a meaningful statement when she said “An unresolved issue will be like a cancer with the potential to spread into other areas of your relationship, eroding the joy, lightness, love and beauty.”
Shannon L Alder writes, “Before you can live a part of you has to die. You have to let go of what could have been, how you should have acted and what you wish you would have said differently. You have to accept that you can’t change the past experiences, opinions of others at that moment in time or outcomes from their choices or yours. Counselling offers you that place to reflect and change and I can help you along this journey.
How I work
What is said in the counselling room is confidential and remains in a sense within the room. I have regular supervision but I do not divulge identities. The supervision process allows a supervisor to explore and often suggest useful ideas and techniques.
Yes, counselling is 'talking therapy' but it is carried out with great attention to you, the client, where you will not be judged in any way, where you will be listened to and where light may be shed on your issue.
I complement Talking Therapy with Thought Field Therapy (TFT) for issues such as anxiety. Like acupuncture, this technique utilises the meridian pathways in the body, unlike acupuncture, it does not involve intrusive needles, rather tapping at certain points on the body.
My Experience and Qualifications
2002 Work Place Counselling Training for Call Center staff
2002 Work Place Counsellor Qualification
2003 Higher Education Certificate in Counselling Skills
2004 Certificate in Counselling Skills
2007 Diploma in Counselling
2008 BSc Therapeutic Counselling
2010 Diploma in Schema Therapy
2011 Couple Counselling Course
2012 NLP Practitioner
2014 TFT Certificate ( Thought Field Therapy)
My practice is based in Crossgates at a therapy centre, so you are only a car, bus or train ride away.
Your first session will cost £20
How quickly can I see you for our first Free meeting?
I will contact you once I receive your enquiry and I normally see clients within a short time from our initial conversation.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training and Experience; I am a BACP Accredited Registered Counsellor and psychotherapist, the BACP has established the first psychological therapists' register to be accredited under a new scheme set up by the Department of Health and administered by an independent body, accountable to Parliament.
NLP Practitioner/ Hypnosis Practitioner
NLP Time Line Therapy™ Practitioner
Diploma in Schema Therapy
Masters Level CBT module
BSc Therapeutic Counselling
Diploma in Counselling
Continuing Professional Development;
I am a Thought Field Therapy practitioner (2014)
I qualified to certified practitioner level in NLP in September 2012.
I am qualified to practice Thought Field Therapy (2014)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Dependent personality disorder
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Thought Field Therapy Practitioner
Codependency and love addiction.
Childhood issues that you adapted to then, but now in adulthood you find difficult.
Love and its meaning in relationships.
Our unique models of reality and how we all have a different version. These differences may cause you difficulty in your relationships.
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Couples counselling
Our first session is free this allows you the space to see if you feel comfortable working with me.
For counselling sessions that are normally 60 minutes my fee is £37.50 for individuals and couples.
This fee is adjustable if you have economic difficulties and that is by negotiation.
If you are a counselling student or a student of another discipline I offer a significant discount on my fees, for example £25 per session.
The counselling accommodation at the Therapy Centre consists of a dedicated, secure, confidential room. The contact telephone number is 01132266677 for reception, my mobile telephone number is 07533069025.
The centre has a reception and waiting area. It is a warm and friendly atmosphere.
Parking is available at both front and rear of the building.
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Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Weekdays and Saturday pm-My vacation dates this year are 24 May to 12 June 2017
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|