Alexander Duffield MSc MBACP (Accredited)

Alexander Duffield MSc MBACP (Accredited)

About me

My approach to counselling
I work in a collaborative and empowering way. I help individuals to increase their emotional strength by supporting them to talk freely about the issues they are struggling with. I then help them to 'step back' and look again at their responses. This promotes insight and enables individuals to develop new and creative ways of responding to the challenges they face

What is 'psychodynamic' counselling?
A psychodynamic understanding of how we relate is based on the idea that we all have with in us a complex and constantly changing 'internal world' shaped by our past experiences. We might not be able to remember early or more traumatic experiences well or at all. These might be stored in us in other ways e.g. an emotion such as fear, troubling image or recurring dream. Alternatively we might shut ourselves off from these memories and find ourselves being drawn into destructive relationships or situations in ways which do not seem to make sense. Understanding how these deep 'unconscious' currents pull us in a particular direction can help us to take them into account in plotting a new and more rewarding life course.

I am experienced in working with clients who have experienced a wide range of issues including:

- stress and anxiety, including panic attacks
- depression
- feeling 'cut off' and isolated
- trauma, flashbacks and nightmares
- redundancy and work issues
- unresolved issues from the past
- family issues
- issues from childhood
- loss and bereavement
- relationship issues
- mental health problems
- issues around sex and sexuality
- sexual abuse
- illness and disability

Training, qualifications & experience

Professional Membership

  • Accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy in 2012
  • Registered on the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists:

Qualifications from Birkbeck College, University of London:

  • MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling, 2010
  • Post-graduate diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling, 2006
  • Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling, 2003

Further training I regularly attend further trainings. The longer courses I have attended are:

  • Introductory two day training on understanding male sexual violation at SurvivorsUK
  • Therapeutic two day training for counsellors & psychotherapists also at SurvivorsUK
  • Working with Families with Physical Illness, a five day course at the Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust

I also work as a counsellor for:

  • Care first as an counsellor supporting employees (June 2013 - ongoing)
  • The Counselling Centre, Tunbridge Wells as a seminar leader (September 2015 - ongoing)

I have also been at counsellor for the following organisations:

  • SurvivorsUK with men who have been sexually abused (October 2010 - September 2015)
  • Hospice in the Weald (November 2011 - November 2014)
  • Queen Mary, University of London (September 2011 - March 2012)
  • Waterloo Community Counselling (November 2009 – March 2011)
  • Lorrimore Counselling Service (May 2004 – October 2007)

In addition I was on the committee of the Birkbeck Counselling Association between November 2004 and November 2011, including 2 years as chair. I also worked for 2 years as a Peer Support Coordinator for Bromley Mind training and supporting people with mental health difficulties as Peer Support Volunteers.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Photos & videos

  • Introduction
  • Bromley counselling room


£50 - £60 depending on timing and location. Please see my website for more information.

Sessions last for 50 minutes.

Private health insurance
I am an approved counsellor with:

  • Vitality
  • Aviva
  • PruHealth
  • WPA and WPA Protocol

Clients have also been able to claim through other providers including Benenden. Please contact your insurer about how to claim.

Further information

Next steps

If you would like to discuss the possibility of beginning counselling with me please call or send an email. My answering service is confidential. If you leave a message please leave your name and number. I will get back to you back promptly.


Maps & Directions

Bromley, BR2

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


I see clients Monday to Friday and offer both daytime and evening appointments. Please see my website for my fees and current availability.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme