Alex Burns BA(Hons) Dip Psych - UKCP Registered Psychotherapist
Welcome to my online profile page. I have worked as a Psychotherapist & Counsellor for some thirty years, offering therapy to adult clients and couples who are experiencing emotional and relationship difficulties.
Most people seek therapy at a time of difficulty or even crisis in their personal or professional lives. My therapeutic approach is to offer a safe, supportive, gentle and reflective environment in which to explore the possible underlying causes of the presenting issues and a professional and confidential space in which to express the emotions that arise. Through this therapeutic approach, and over time, clients are enabled to gain a much deeper understanding of themselves and bring clarity in their relationships with others.
Among the presenting issues that clients tend to approach me with are low self esteem; anxiety; depression; problems with relationships; home or workplace bullying, or sometimes a general loss of life's purpose. I have a particular interest in the possible links between organic illness and emotional distress.
The impact of Covid-19 is having a profound effect on us all and possibly adding to already existing emotional anxieties and difficulties.
More than ever, working through these feelings and developing strategies of coping may be helpful in moving forwards during this challenging period of time.
As with many therapists and health-care professionals I am currently not offering face-to-face therapy sessions, I am however offering online (Skype or WhatsApp) sessions to new clients.
For many people there is also the additional difficulty of having to self-isolate. The advantage of internet counselling is that no individual is barred from help, whatever their health situation.
I have considerable experience and expertise in internet counselling, having used this mode of working many times with clients over the years. Feedback from clients has been very positive.
The relationship between therapist and client is key. I have found that it is just as possible to build a relationship of client/therapist trust and openness to exploration through online sessions as with the more traditional 'face to face' therapy sessions.
As with all modes of counselling and psychotherapy client confidentiality is assured.
I am happy to offer a free introductory online session to clients to provide the opportunity to 'meet me' and see how the experience feels for them.
I am a Member of the College of Psychoanalysts - UK, a Member of the British Psychological Society (BPsS) and was awarded Life Membership of the Institute for Psychotherapy and Social Studies (IPSS).
I am registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). The register of the UKCP is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Training, qualifications & experience
After completing a degree in Psychology (1984) I trained at the Institute of Psychotherapy and Social Studies (IPSS) where I gained my Diploma in Psychotherapy (1987)
My career, prior to practicing as a psychotherapist, covered a number of areas. I worked in the industrial sector with a particular interest in stress management and human resources; in the public sector spending a number of years in youth and community work and lectured in Psychology at Middlesex University specialising in Child and Adolescent Development.
In addition to private practice, for ten years I also trained psychotherapists and was a joint Course Director for the London based MA / Diploma Course in Psychotherapy at the Institute of Psychotherapy and Social Studies and was Vice-Chair of the Training Committee. I am currently Director of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at the North West London Psychotherapy Centre (NWLPC).
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Individual Therapy Sessions - £70.00 per 50 minute session
Couples Counselling - £85.00 per 50 minute session and pro rata for longer sessions should they be required.
For the time being I will be focussing on offering phone or internet sessions using Skype or Whatsapp.