Alexander Filmer-Lorch

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Integrative Counsellor Clinical Psychotherapist PGCert PGDip
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Coulsdon CR5 & London SW18
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About me

“I believe that a different therapy must be constructed for each because each has a unique story” Irvin Yalom (2022)

The quote above resonates deeply with me on a personal level, echoing my own beliefs and experiences.

Early on in life, I developed a great passion and curiosity about understanding what it means to be a human being in a world full of challenges.

This curiosity evolved into my true calling. 

However, to understand and safely facilitate others, I first had to explore and unpack the intricate and concealed aspects of my own being.   

Over 30 years in the therapeutic field, my passion and dedication to support and facilitate others, especially during the most challenging times,  has remained.

My professional journey has been characterised by organic growth and evolution. Through the attainment of diverse qualifications, I am equipped to approach individuals holistically and integratively.

My passion for assisting others began with the exploration of Eastern philosophy and psychology, which sparked my interest in mindfulness, meditation, and subsequent training in various remedial movement and postural integration techniques.

Seeking a deeper comprehension of the mind-body connection, I pursued training as a body worker and SomatoEmotional Release practitioner. This allowed me to support individuals navigating through complex challenges such as terminal and chronic illnesses, trauma, immune response, and brain injuries.

In 2016, a transformative life event prompted a profound shift in my perspective. Motivated by this experience, I dedicated myself to end-of-life and palliative care, specialising further in post-traumatic stress responses, existential questions and concerns, as well as anxiety-related issues and mental health problems. This led me to pursue training as a psychotherapist.

Today, I am privileged to serve as a fully qualified Integrative Counsellor and Clinical Psychotherapist, offering support in private practice in Surrey, London, Greater London and internationally through online platforms.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • PGDip in Integrative Counselling & Clinical Psychotherapy
  • PGCert in the Foundations of Counselling & Psychotherapy 
  • Advanced practitioner in CranioSacral Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release®, specialising in post-traumatic stress disorders, anxiety disorders, immune system response, brain injury, Therapeutic Dialog and Imagery
  • Certified to teach Anatomy in Clay
  • Senior Mindfulness, Meditation, Philosophy & Yogic Disciplines, grandfathered in and certified by the Yoga Alliance Professionals and Yoga Alliance USA
  • Primary E-RYT500, E500 and T500 certification from the Yoga Alliance USA and European Yoga Alliance

Studies & Experience:

  • Foundation in Psychothynsesis 
  • Eastern Psychology and Philosophy
  • Advaita
  • Fourth Way Teachings
  • Mindfulness & Meditation

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society (NCPS)

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In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society
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Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • End-of-Life
  • Palliative Care
  • Chronic illnesses
  • Terminal Illnesses
  • Death Anxiety
  • Cancer

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£65.00 - £85.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Refugees

Additional information

My fee is based on the average going rate in the respective area 

Surrey £65 (long-term) to £70 (short-term 6 to 12 sessions)

London Fee £85 (long-term) to £95 (short-term 6 to 12 sessions)

Long-term open-ended weekly psychotherapy (minimum of 24 sessions).

When I work

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Further information

What I bring to therapy

In order to meet and honour your uniqueness, my work is based on a relational, collaborative and interactive approach. This allows you to focus on matters deeply embedded in your very existence that are exposed to an unpredictable and ever-changing world.

​The single most important thing I have learned from my practice is that everybody’s story deserves to be heard. Therefore, my contribution is to be present and still enough to truly hear what you are saying, approaching you with a sense of openness and wonderment at your unfolding story.

Is there anything you need to bring to therapy?

The answer is simple; just bring yourself, and I’ll meet you wherever you are and with what you are right now. From there, everything else will naturally unfold.

My interests & specialisations:

Trauma, PTSD & C-PTSD

The effects of unsettling or traumatic experiences are frequently overlooked or dismissed, leading to a lack of recognition of post-traumatic stress symptoms and their profound impact on individuals and their lives. Understanding how to identify these signs, manage triggers, and utilise coping mechanisms developed for survival is crucial. It's essential to acknowledge that everyone's experience of trauma is unique and manifests differently.

Loss, Grief & Bereavement

For many years, I have dedicated my work to bereavement counselling, end-of-life and palliative care at St. Raphael’s Hospice in Sutton, London. In this volunteering role, I support patients and their families through difficult times. Grief counselling extends beyond the loss of a loved one and encompasses various forms of loss, including loss of health, relationships, careers, pets, identity, meaning, and purpose, among countless others.

Mental Health

Anxiety, Self-harm, OCD, Personality & Mood Disorders 

We all frequently encounter highs and lows or anxiety-inducing situations in our lives. However, when these challenges become intolerable or overwhelming, we may experience depression, panic attacks, mood swings, paranoia, intrusive thoughts, self-harm, obsessive-compulsive tendencies, or difficulties with self-image, among other issues. During such times, therapy proves invaluable.

Diversity & Inclusion

In my therapy practice, I frequently observe that residing in a multicultural society presents unique challenges. Typically, individuals belonging to diverse backgrounds bear the brunt of discrimination, abuse, and isolation.

My practice warmly embraces individuals from diverse backgrounds, including those who identify as LGBTQIA+, neurodiverse, ethnic minorities, and those with physio-psychological disabilities (accessible for wheelchair users).

Coulsdon, Surrey, CR5

Type of session

In person

Types of client

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

Key details

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Wheelchair user access
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Wheelchair Access & Private Parking on the driveway in my Surrey Practice

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Online platforms