Alex Monk UKCP Psychotherapist HCPC Art therapist

Alex Monk UKCP Psychotherapist HCPC Art therapist

About me

'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.

My Approach

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.

What next?

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)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Sleep difficulties/ Insomnia

Creative block/ writers block


Personal boundaries


Controlling behaviour /coercive control

Photos & videos

  • What is therapy and how does it help?
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£60 per session

Further information

I have written several articles on a range of subjects published on Counselling Directory, Private Psychiatry and 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

London, E5

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: Polish (intermediate level) Italian (upper intermediate level)


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


I currently have some availability in the daytimes and limited evening slots. Please contact me for specific times available.

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme