Alex Monk BA (Hons), MA, HCPC (Accred.)
Welcome! Thank you so much for visiting my page. I am an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist with a practice in Islington, N1 and Hackney, E5. I offer both short term counselling and long term psychotherapy. You will be interested in starting therapy for your own unique reasons yet I hope the information below helps to let you know more about how I work, my qualifications and experience. You can also see the video at the bottom of the page to get a better sense of that where I explain a bit more about the process and benefits of therapy. I look forward to hearing from you!
It helps with your relationship to yourself and other people
Therapy can help you to gently get a new perspective on some of the patterns you have established and play an important part in how you relate to the world. Although these patterns may have served you well in the past, perhaps you feel they are not helpful to you any longer and are making you feel anxious, depressed or simply overwhelmed.
The more rigid and inflexible of these relational patterns are often learned early in life, before we can even speak and that things are just 'going wrong' without ever really knowing why. For example, you may keep choosing particular people in relationships as friends or partners that you know are not healthy but can't resist anyway. Or perhaps you are continually finding yourself in a job you don't like and can't stand the people that work there.
Therapy can help you see without judgement why you may find yourself in these situations, yet enables you to open up new possibilities for the future. So, instead of anxiety, depression or unexpressed anger, you find a heightened sense of curiosity and flexibility, which makes you feel more at ease in your relationship to yourself and other people. This can be a great relief.
How does it work?
Therapy is a partnership
First of all it is important that we build a sense of trust and safety together. Many mental health problems such as anxiety or depression arise from feelings of not being supported or listened to in the past and often when it was most needed, so this is of primary importance and in itself can be very therapeutic.
Through my own experience and also from wider research, it has been shown that it is often the relationship between the client and therapist that is most healing, despite any particular method the therapist may use. That is why I believe it is so important that I first of all listen very carefully with an open heart and mind to what you bring. You will also of course need to feel that the rapport feels right to you before embarking on any course of therapy.
No session will be the same, but it may consist of talking about what is happening for you, or you might combine this with expressive arts such as drawing, painting, movement or music. These non-verbal methods of expression are sometimes very useful first of all in that they can help to calm anxiety. They can also help you to get in touch with the creative, imaginative parts of yourself that you may feel that you have lost touch with and offer new resources for any difficulties you may be facing. However you might find that talking things through is enough and this is what works best for you.
The power of the imagination
It is important to note creativity is first and foremost a state of mind that we all have inside us, although it may have nothing to do with 'art'. Yet without it we can all feel pretty stuck and sometimes, not know where to turn. This can make us feel unhappy very quickly.The imagination can help us to feel more curious about our lives, rather than anxious, depressed, or overwhelmed by our thoughts and feelings. This fosters a greater awareness of life's problems and a greater ability to think about them without feeling at their mercy, or that we need to immediately act upon them.
We know from the world of dreams that the the imagination can be profound, and we feel it is perhaps telling us something important, yet we may not really know what it means.This is why using non verbal means of expression in therapy can be helpful in terms of accessing these imaginative parts of ourselves. However, it is important to add that we cannot appreciate the value of the imagination unless we also use words to ground it in everyday reality. Therapy then can be an opportunity for us to think together about what your imagination may be communicating to you within the context of your relationships, your unique life experience and provide valuable new levels of insight.
Although I welcome clients from all areas of life, with my personal experience as a musician, visual artist and Psychotherapist this provides me with a unique set of skills to work with people who are musicians, artists, or performers or from other creative fields. I also have substantial experience previously in business in both the commercial and third sector which I feel is important in terms of understanding and relating to the everyday experiences and challenges of those working in the field.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an HCPC accredited Integratrive Arts Psychotherapist with five years of rigorous training and have extensive experience of working as a Psychotherapist in NHS mental health services for both inpatient and community settings, working with groups and individuals with mental health concerns and learning disabilities.
Training & Qualifications
MA Integrative Arts Psychotherapy (Distinction) - Institute for Arts and Therapy in Education/ University of East London
Advanced Diploma Integrative Arts Psychotherapy - Institute for Arts and Therapy in Education/ University of East London
Diploma in the Therapeutic Application of the Arts (Distinction) - Institute for Arts and Therapy in Education/ University of East London / London Metropolitan University.
Certificate in Counselling (IATE)
Certificate in Mentalisation and the Arts Psychotherapies (CNWL/NHS)
BA (Hons) English Literature (University of Leeds)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Sleep difficulties/ Insomnia
Creative block/ writers block
Photos & videos
£50 per session
I have written several articles on anxiety, politics and creative art therapies published on Counselling Directory and elsewhere. Please feel free to read these as this will perhaps give you a further sense of how I work in therapy and its potential benefits to you.
I also work as an Associate Psychotherapist for Private Psychiatry LLP based in Kent, Surrey and London.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||Polish (intermediate level) Italian (upper intermediate level)|
I currently have some availability in the daytimes and some evening slots. Please contact me for specific times available.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|