Dr.Alexandra Chrysagi, Counselling Psychologist, AFBPsS, PsychD,B.Sc (Hons)
Private Therapy Clinic
19 Kensington High Street
I am a qualified and experienced chartered psychologist and HCPC registered counselling psychologist. I have nine years of clinical experience. During my Doctorate training, I worked in a variety of services both within and outside the NHS including specialist psychotherapy services (tertiary care and private sector), a primary care service (IAPT) and inpatient care and a charity with asylum seekers, where I gained experience in working with clients across all age ranges and with a variety of psychological needs.
Since qualifying, I have specialised in working with adults and adolescents with complex and longstanding mental health problems and personality difficulties in NHS secondary care psychology services. I am a member of London dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT) team, diagnosing and treating clients with borderline personality disorder. I am also the lead of the trauma psychological pathway working with people with complex/dissociative PTSD.
As a counselling psychologist, I have been trained in a range of approaches including Person-centred therapy, psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), eye movement desensitisation reprocessing (EMDR), DBT (dialectical behavioural therapy), ACT (acceptance commitment therapy) and schema therapy (ST).
Cognitive behavioural therapy is most commonly used to treat mood disorders (e.g. depression, bipolar) and anxiety disorders (e.g. obsessive compulsive disorder, generalised anxiety disorder) but can be useful for other mental and physical health problems (e.g. low self-esteem, grief, anger problems, pain management). CBT helps clients to focus on how they think about the things going on in their lives and how this impact on the way they behave and deal with emotional problems. It looks at how they can challenge and then modify any negative patterns of thinking or behaviour that may be causing difficulties.
Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR) has been one of my passions. EMDR is a revolutionary treatment that has been proven to be effective in treating trauma (PTSD), and other anxiety-related disorders (generalised anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder). EMDR assists to unlock these painful memories or beliefs as the eye movement or tapping stimulates the two hemispheres of the brain to communicate with each other. The bilateral stimulation simulates REM sleep, which is when the brain naturally attaches meaning to experience.
I have also trained in a range of other approaches, including mindfulness-based approaches such as ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy). Mindfulness-based approaches can help clients learn strategies to live more in the present during a given moment, more focused on important values and goals, and less focused on painful thoughts, feelings and experiences.
I also draw upon well founded scientific research and her own clinical experience to work collaboratively with adolescents (from the age of 13 years old) and their families to reduce psychological distress and promote emotional well-being. I aim to promote positive mental health in teenagers and to support parents, carers and families to confidently deal with emotional and behavioural difficulties. I am particularly interested in promoting positive attachment and relationships between parents and children as I believe that this is a key way to improve children’s mental health.
I perceive therapy as a journey that can develop your awareness and enable your emotional growth. Having been specialised in utilising different evidence-based treatments, I am committed to working collaboratively with my clients in order to reduce distress and promote well-being and psychological health.
I view every individual as a unique being with their own personal meaning of their experiences and circumstances. Research indicates that the most important predictor of change is the therapeutic relationship. My client centred approach prizes the therapeutic relationship and as such is regarded as a core feature of our work together.
Training, qualifications & experience
I currently work within a community mental health team in the NHS. I have worked with clients exhibiting a wide range of mental health issues including personality and dissociative disorders, often related to physical and sexual abuse. I have significant experience of contributing to the development of services and working with, teaching and supervising other professionals.
- Professional Doctorate (PsychD) in Counselling Psychology, University of Teesside
- B.Sc. Psychology (first-class honours), University of Panteio, Athens
- Schema Therapy, Standard training (Schema Belgrade IST approved)
- EMDR for Children level 1
- The EMDR Toolbox: AIP Methods for Treating Complex PTSD & Dissociative Personality Structure, Jim Knipe
- Compassion Focused Therapy for Trauma, Berkshire NHS (facilitator Dr Deborah Lee)
- Supervision diploma, British Psychological Society. Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisor
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. Provided by Solent NHS Trust
- Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (part 1, 2, 3). Accredited EMDR Therapist. Provided by EMDR Europe.
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Workshops. Provided by Bournemouth University.
- Best Practices: CBT for Depression & Suicide. Provided by Dr Christine Padesky; Logan Hall – University of London Institute of Education.
- Clinical Supervision Diploma. Registered as an Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors. Provided by British Psychology Society.
- Advanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) diploma. CBT advanced Practitioner. Provided by National Kapodistrian University of Athens.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
As a counselling psychologist in the NHS and in private practice, I have experience of offering supervision to a range of professionals including clinical/counselling psychologists trainees. I am a registered of applied psychology practice Supervisor by BPS.
Supervision helps to ensure that good quality services are offered by professionals and that on an individual level skills and knowledge are developed and updated.
Supervision is adapted to meet the needs of the individual, with an emphasis on integrative approach mostly draws upon CBT, DBT, Schema, ACT, EMDR and psychodynamic principles. I offer a safe and supportive environment in which individuals can flourish.
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
Therapy sessions are offered on a basis of weekly sessions of 50 minute duration. One to one therapy fee varies - £90-£110.
Supervision sessions are offered to clinical/counselling psychologists trainees of a one hour duration. Supervision fee varies - £70-£100.
Concessions are available for trainees. Session fees should be paid at the end of the sessions. I am able to accept cash or cheque.
I provide therapy and supervision in English and Greek.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Opening Hours: Thursday: 5pm-9pm Friday: 9am-9pm Saturday: 10am-2pm
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|