Alex Churchley Cook PGDip MBACP
The Lodge House
43 Downing Street
I am an experienced BACP registered psychodynamic psychotherapist & counsellor who works with individual adults for both short and long-term psychotherapy in Godalming & Farnham in Surrey. I try to provide a calm, safe & confidential space in which, together, we can come to understand what brings you to therapy and look at ways that your life can begin to move forward again.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy is a talking therapy which takes into account your life as a whole, looking at your current circumstances as well as past and present relationships and events. It is hoped that through talking, listening & reflecting, links can be made that provide insight and help you to increase your awareness of your self and why you feel or perhaps act in a certain way. Psychodynamic psychotherapy aims to help you to understand and then begin to change complex, deep and often unconscious, emotional and relational problems.
We all have periods of life that are distressing but occasionally these become too much for us to bear alone. If your problem is affecting the quality of your life and undermining your hopes and aspirations then making time for yourself to try to understand and change these concerns is one of the most important decisions you can make. Taking that first step to see a counsellor often takes great courage but, if you're suffering, perhaps it's time to take that step. I have experience with -
- relationship difficulties
- Panic attacks
- self Esteem
- eating disorders
- loss, grieving & mourning
- obsessive-compulsive behaviour
Please do take a look at my website and if you feel that I might be able to help you then I'm very happy to have a short initial conversation on the phone followed by an assessment at either address.
Training, qualifications & experience
PGDip in psychodynamic psychotherapy taken at WPF and accredited by the university of Roehampton. This 4 year course is an intense training in both theory and clinical experience from the outset. Qualification is based on a true understanding of the theory and on several hundred hours of fully supervised sessions with a wide variety of clients.
Prior or to the PGDip I qualified as a psychodynamic counsellor in a 1 year foundation course at WPF Therapy in London Bridge.
Post qualification I work in private practice in Surrey and have worked as an honorary psychotherapist at WPF in London Bridge.
I trained as a yoga & meditation teacher 7 years ago and have taken several trainings since in both meditation and mindfulness.
I have experience helping people with anxiety, depression and panic attacks.
I have particular experience in seeing men who find coming to therapy and talking about now they feel difficult.
I have worked extensively with addicts,alcoholics and addiction in general.
I've worked with students particularly in relation to starting or finishing university and the anxieties that arise from this difficult time.
I've worked with issues around sexuality as well as sexual problems in general.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
My fees are variable depending on location and time and your financial position. However, the initial assessment which takes between 60 & 75 minutes is £65. Further sessions will always be 50 minutes.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I am available during early mornings and evenings and I work weekends as well. Of course, I am also available during the day as well.
Types of client