Alexander Morriss MBACP, MA, BSc (hons)
Although I specialise in addiction, particularly alcohol, drug and sex and love addictions, I work with many forms of suffering, including anxiety, depression, difficulties in relationships, 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, profound 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. Sometimes we can feel trapped by 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 practice existential psychotherapy, a philosophically informed approach meaning I work to understand what it’s like to be in your 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 psychodynamic, 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
Advanced Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy, from Regent's University London (TBA - completing in 2019);
MA in Psychotherapy and Counselling (Grade: Distinction), from Regent's University London;
Foundation Certificate in Psychotherapy and Counselling, from Regent's University London.
Psychodynamic, humanistic (person-centred), and existential psychotherapies. My training is therefore broad, having covered: 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; 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 integrative 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 - voluntary position 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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Attachment disorder
- Drug addiction
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Health anxiety
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Meaninglessness, loneliness, mortality.
Individual, 50-minute sessions from £60-100 per hour, depending on the time slot, with some concessionary rates available.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Tuesday to Friday, 8am - 9pm.
Occasionally other limited availability, please enquire.
Types of client