Donald Alexander MNCS Accred Counsellor & Psychotherapist
I am committed to supporting people in healing from experiences they have survived or are surviving in their lives.
Maybe you are feeling stuck and are not sure how to move forward in your life, or perhaps you are looking for support as you take your next step. I can help you.
I can help you to heal from your past experiences and to find freedom to be you.
During our lives most of us, if not all of us, experience trauma of one kind or another (even though we may not think to use that word) and our traumatic experiences, often outside of our awareness, can and do profoundly affect how we are in the world, and significantly impact our ways of being in relationship with others and ourselves.
I support people in healing from relational trauma, developmental trauma, childhood trauma and interpersonal trauma of all kinds.
Human beings are amazing, remarkable and resilient in our ability to cope with adversity. When traumatised we often compartmentalise or dissociate what happens to us so we can carry on living. We also turn to all manner of addictions and behaviours that on the surface may seem disordered and destructive yet at the same time they make perfect sense. They protect us, help us to stay in control, help numb the pain, help us to survive, and help communicate our stories. We are courageous and creative, and yet we can struggle to see these qualities in ourselves and our behaviours.
I will respect your protective behaviours and help you to recover—to heal and to grow—to not just survive, but to thrive.
It makes sense to me that relational hurts are also healed within relationship—relationships which must not only be safe but must also feel safe enough too. My way of being in supporting you is relational at heart, trauma aware, and is informed by my training in AEDP, Internal Family Systems and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.
I am very happy to have a 5-10 minute phone conversation with you so you can ask me questions and get a sense of whether you feel I am someone who could help you.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy AEDP (Level 2)
- Internal Family Systems IFS (Level 3)
- Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (Level 2)
- Advanced Professional Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Distinction with Honours)
- Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Distinction with Honours)
- Diploma in Counselling Skills and Hypnotherapy (Distinction with Honours)
- ESTD (European Society for Trauma and Dissociation)
- ISSTD (International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation)
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.
National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.
In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Monday to Friday
I normally practise out of the Calm Minds Therapy Rooms in Bramhall, Stockport.
There is some nearby on-road parking and a public car park in the village centre.
The train station is a short 5 minute walk away. Bramhall is on a direct line to Manchester Piccadilly, Stockport, Cheadle Hulme, Poynton, Adlington, Prestbury, Macclesfield, Congleton, Kidsgrove, Longport and Stoke-on-Trent.