Alex Monk UKCP Psychotherapist HCPC Art therapist
'Perhaps the most curative aspect and the very foundation of psychotherapy is when you actually experience a felt sense that you have been heard and seen as you wish to be, not as someone else wants you to.'
I am a UKCP registered psychotherapist and an HCPC registered art therapist based in London with a private practice in Hackney. I also work as a Clinical Supervisor at Asthma UK.
When we are adversely affected by our life experiences we can also lose our capacity to play. Play is not only connected with childhood. It is not something light and whimsical but relates to the deepest parts of ourselves; those with which we dream and imagine. It is from these deeper resources that can be drawn upon in therapy to find ourselves again.
Part of this process means connecting with the emotions associated with painful experiences though this is not easily done alone. This is why therapy is unique in that provides a containing, safe, confidential space once a week where these emotions can be felt, held and thought about with a person who is trained to bear these feelings alongside us. Once we have witnessed through the therapeutic process that life experiences can after all be thought about and that we can experience the emotions connected with them and survive them. We can then begin to move on from them. We feel more in control of our lives and relationships and re-discover the capacity to dream and imagine again.
You of course will need to feel that I am the right therapist for you. If you would like to find out more about my approach and whether it is right for you do feel free to contact me for a phone consultation. This is free and entirely confidential.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a UKCP registered Psychotherapist and an HCPC registered 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 a wide range of mental health concerns and learning disabilities.I also work as a clinical supervisor at Asthma UK.
My own ongoing professional development is an essential part of my work as a psychotherapist and this combines both experiential and theoretical trainings including psychoanalytic, integrative and arts psychotherapies.
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)
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Child related issues
- Childhood bullying
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Sleep difficulties/ Insomnia
Creative block/ writers block
Controlling behaviour /coercive control
Photos & videos
£60 per session
I have written several articles on a range of subjects published on Counselling Directory, Private Psychiatry and Psychereg.com as well as on my own website. Please feel free to read these as this will perhaps give you a further sense of how I work.
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 limited evening slots. Please contact me for specific times available.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|