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Alexander Morriss UKCP acc., MBACP, MA, BSc (hons)

London W8 & EC2A
07597 997665 Registered / Accredited
London W8 & EC2A

About me

**Coronavirus COVID-19** I am only offering online or telephone sessions at this time.  I hope to resume face to face sessions as soon as circumstances permit.

Although I specialise in addiction, particularly alcohol, drug and sex and love addictions, I work with many forms of suffering, including anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, bereavement, and so on. I have a broad training and have worked in a variety of settings including the NHS, Priory Group and charitable sector.

The root of the problem

I believe that we all have a deep need to be understood; the feeling that another human being gets it. For some of us, that feeling is all too rare. Without it, our lives can become deeply unfulfilling, painful and hard. We can feel let down by others, hurt and alone.  Sometimes we don't even understand for ourselves why things are so difficult.  Perhaps we've become trapped by events of the past, or we can’t imagine a new future because the present is so intolerable. Faced with this, we can turn to ways of being that, although they helped initially perhaps, over time just made things worse.

What to expect from therapy and how I can help

I specialise in existential psychotherapy, an approach that considers all aspects of a person's life: their individual history, present experiences and future aspirations, and how all of these influence their thoughts, feelings and behaviours.  I will work to understand what it’s like to be in your unique situation and how you exist within it. Together we will uncover whatever difficulties are present in your life and in doing so open up new possibilities for living, with the hope that your life becomes more fulfilling and satisfying.

Although I have specialised in existential psychotherapy, I have trained in an integration of psychoanalytic, humanistic (person-centred) and existential approaches. That means I can adapt to whatever might work best for you in the present moment. Nevertheless, I believe that the foundation of any successful psychotherapy is always the relationship that we build between us.

How the process will be structured

I offer an initial consultation of 50 minutes so we can see whether we might work together successfully. After that, we would agree a mutually suitable, regular time to meet. Although I do work short-term, a willingness to work long-term is essential, as I believe most lasting improvements come about this way.

Training, qualifications & experience

Psychotherapy Professional Memberships

UKCP - Full Clinical Member, Psychotherapist - reg 201116682

BACP - Registered Member MBACP - reg 374253

Psychotherapy Qualifications

Advanced Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy, from Regent's University London;

MA in Psychotherapy and Counselling (Grade: Distinction), from Regent's University London;

Foundation Certificate in Psychotherapy and Counselling, from Regent's University London.

Training modalities

Psychoanalytic, humanistic (including person-centred), and existential psychotherapies. My training is therefore broad, having covered: classical and modern psychoanalysis, attachment-informed therapy, relational approaches, embodiment, phenomenological theory and practice, philosophically-informed approaches including meaning-orientation and cultural situatedness, emotion-focussed work, gestalt, and so on.

Experience and positions held

I have worked with men and women struggling with a range of issues, including: addiction, notably drug, alcohol and sex and love addictions; anxiety; depression; separation and divorce; bereavement, loss and limitation; historic abuse (physical, sexual, emotional) and its legacy; family of origin relational trauma; personality disorders including borderline presentation; difficulties in day to day relationships; work issues; meaninglessness and apathy.

May 2019 - present - Farah Therapy Centre - Psychotherapist and Counsellor - offering individual long- and short-term psychotherapy to adults

April 2018 - present - Priory North London Hospital - Sessional Psychotherapist, working with addicted clients on a long- and short-term basis

March 2018 - April 2019 - Claremont Project Islington - Psychotherapist - offering long-term existential-phenomenological therapy to adults

November 2015 - January 2018 - NELFT NHS Trust - Psychotherapist - offering long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy to a variety of clients in the Secondary Psychological Service.

Voluntary positions held

Jan 2020 - present - Secretary of the Society for Existential Analysis

Non-psychotherapy related qualifications

BSc (hons) Physics with Astrophysics, from the University of Leeds

FCA, Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

UKCP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Meaninglessness, loneliness, mortality.

Therapies offered

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalytic therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy

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Fees

**Increased number of reduced-rate places available in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 crisis, starting from £40 - please enquire.**

Normal pricing: individual, 50-minute sessions from £60, depending on the time slot, with some concessionary rates available.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Short flight of stairs.

Availability

Tuesday to Friday, 8am - 9pm.

Occasionally other limited availability, please enquire.

ONLINE & PHONE ONLY DURING COVID-19 PERIOD

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Alexander Morriss UKCP acc., MBACP, MA, BSc (hons)

Alexander Morriss UKCP acc., MBACP, MA, BSc (hons)

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