Alex Jozavi

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BA (Oxon), PGDip, MBACP ~ Existential-Analytic Therapist
Available for new clients
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This professional is available for new clients.

Farnham, Surrey, GU10
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

(To learn more about me and my approach, please watch this 5 minute video, in which I introduce the concept of 'containment' in therapy):

In my experience, the quality of the therapeutic relationship—that special bond between client and therapist—is key to change and progress. Because of this, I suggest the following when it comes to therapy. If by the end of our first session you do not feel that we would fit well together, then we can agree to part ways on friendly terms, and I will waive my usual fee entirely. If on the other hand you feel there may be something promising, and would like to keep working together, then I will charge as normal, and we can continue from there. With this as a foundation, your intuitive feel for what may be helpful becomes the main touchstone for our therapeutic relationship moving forward.

As an integrative therapist, I believe in an existential-analytic approach to emotional suffering. My training and clinical experience suggest to me that the 'symptoms' clients enter therapy for help with are meaningfully connected with deeper existential issues. It is shortsighted to view things like anxiety, depression, phobias and more as 'diseases of the mind', 'disorders', or even 'irrational patterns of thought, feeling and behaviour'. At their root they are forms of suffering, linked with real and valid—if sometimes hard to understand—problems in living. Fundamental human concerns around which you (consciously or otherwise) are sensitive, and have developed responses to:

"I regard mental illness as the 'way out' that the free organism in its total unity, invents in order to be able to live through an intolerable situation."
        ~Jean-Paul Sartre, in Reason and Violence by Laing & Cooper~ 

This can result in many complex, painful, and seemingly inescapable forms of stuckness. A new source of turmoil, rather than a real solution to one's deeper problems. The hope in therapy is therefore to invite space for change in how you approach your life situation. To begin forming a curious and self-compassionate attitude toward your own suffering, in partnership with me, the therapist. So that together, we can come to explore the possible meaning and function of your symptoms. With growing understanding and resilience, a path then opens for the client to free themselves up for other less painful, and more authentic ways to emotionally respond to life's deepest concerns. Throughout this shared journey, I will support your courage and self-reflection, as you discover a way of being that truly feels right for you.

I run my private practice from a spacious, sound-proofed, heated and air-conditioned log cabin outside of my home, which is around five minutes away from Frensham Little Pond. Please take a look at the photos below to see if the location appeals to you.    

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BA (hons) Psychology, Philosophy & Physiology (PPP) - Oxford University
  • PgDip Existential Psychology & Psychotherapy - Middlesex University (The New School of Psychotherapy & Counselling)
  • (Current) Postgraduate Training in Daseinsanalysis & Daseinsanalytic Psychotherapy - The Daseinsanalytic Seminar - Society for Hermeneutic Anthropology & Daseinsanalysis (Zurich)
  • NCFE/CACHE Levels 1-3 Diploma in Interpersonal Counselling Skills - Guildford College (Activate Learning)

I have been supporting the emotional wellbeing of people with varied needs for the past seven years, and have been practicing existential-analytic psychotherapy specifically for the past three years. Throughout this period, my clients have included children and adults with learning difficulties; neurotypical adolescents, college and university students; as well as older adult psychiatric inpatients. Detailed information about my employment history can be found in my attached LinkedIn profile.

Across these diverse experiences, my clients have taught me the importance of the concept of 'sonder', which informs my private practice: Sonder Psychotherapy Surrey. Sonder describes the fundamental existential truth that despite how it may appear from the outside, each and every one of us inhabits an infinitely rich, unique, and complex life. One that blends an inner personal world, with a shared external world. As a client, it is a special act of trust and generosity to allow someone else into that world. And as a therapist, it is my duty to respond to this act with respect and care, sharing the insights and experiences from my own world to help you in yours.

I hope that over the course of our therapeutic relationship we never forget this lesson of sonder. 

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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£50.00 per session
Free initial in-person or online session

Additional information

Please contact me via email or mobile (07841 523629) if you would like to arrange a session. 

As mentioned at the start of my profile, my policy with the fee for our initial session is that you only pay if you would like to continue working together. If you do not feel that we would fit well together after our initial session, then I will waive the fee for that session entirely, and encourage you to seek support elsewhere.

When I work

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Rushmoor, Farnham, Surrey, GU10

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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