Alex Monk UKCP Accred. Psychotherapist HCPC Accred. Art Therapist
During the lock-down period, as a result of Covid-19, I will be working online only, using Video Conferencing technology or by telephone.
I have a private psychotherapy practice as a UKCP registered psychotherapist and an HCPC registered art therapist. I am based in Hackney, East London.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THERAPY?
Psychotherapy can help you re-discover and develop a relationship to parts of yourself that due to painful experiences you perhaps never knew existed before. Emotions are no longer to be frightened of or overwhelmed by; they now become aspects of you that are only to be experienced. This new way of relating to your emotional life can improve your relationship between your instincts and capacity to reflect on your experience (instead of getting 'caught up' in it). It can also increase your resilience to life's everyday problems, deepen your contact with life and become an important source of creativity. Therapy takes time, but its developmental effects can be profound and long lasting.
I will listen carefully to what you tell me and give you space for you to reflect on your life experiences and how they have impacted upon you. I will not judge or tell you what I think you 'should' do. However, along with actively listening I will offer my own reflections and perspectives from time to time if I think they will be helpful to you and the process.
I appreciate that it is not easy to talk about painful experiences which we have suffered and we often prefer not to think about by virtue of the fact they have made us suffer. It is therefore very important that I facilitate an environment of care and empathy. This is so crucial therapeutically particularly as for those of us who you have been emotionally wounded, almost in all cases did not receive the empathy and care they needed at the time and therefore definitely require it from their psychotherapist.
WHAT HAPPENS IN A THERAPY SESSION?
Some sessions will be as you might imagine in a 'traditional' counselling/ psychotherapy session where it is two people, talking through an issue. And this works very well! However, if you feel it can work for you we can also turn to other modes of thinking such as working with the resources of your imagination.
Working with the imagination might mean working with dream content or an image that resonates with you. You may also wish to use art materials or a visualisation exercise as a way of deepening your contact with your unconscious mind. We will then spend time thinking together about whatever has emerged from this work and think about how it might relate to you. Making such links can be an invaluable process, as once life experiences and their associated emotions can be named and thought about they are much less likely to feel like they are in control of you or running your life.
I am a trained art psychotherapist but it is not a pre-requisite that you use art materials in our work together. You may feel what works best for you is to talk in the traditional way. If you wish however, you might like to work with expressive arts such as drawing/ painting or working with clay. Drawing/ artistic skills are not needed at all! These non-verbal methods of expression are sometimes very helpful in terms of accessing the unconscious and deeper layers of the self. It can also help you to calm feelings of anxiety, or safely express your anger and make sense of it.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Masters in Integrative arts psychotherapy with distinction and five years of rigorous professional clinical and theoretical training. My experience is diverse, having worked in NHS mental health services for both inpatient and community settings, for charities and in private practice. I also work as as a Clinical Supervisor at Asthma UK. As part of my commitment to ethical practice and continuing professional development, I regularly evaluate my work and attend seminars and workshops.
Prior to becoming a Psychotherapist I taught English abroad in Poland and Italy before returning to the UK where I worked in recruitment, marketing and international development. I am particularly interested in the arts, including visual art, film and music. I also regularly record and perform as a musician. All of this experience informs my work as a therapist.
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 EMDR part 1 (EMDR Academy)
Certificate in Counselling (IATE)
Certificate in Hakomi body psychotherapy (Institute for mindfulness)
Certificate in Mentalisation and the Arts Psychotherapies (CNWL/NHS)
BA (Hons) English Literature (University of Leeds)
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Sleep difficulties/ Insomnia
Creative block/ writers block
Controlling behaviour /coercive control
£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.
I am open to working with everyone and LGBTQ+ affirmative.