Alexander Morriss Ukcp Acc., MbacpExistential psychotherapist
**Working online only at present due to COVID-19** In addition to a specialism 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. Along with the information below, you can also visit my webpage to learn more about me and how I work, including articles and a short video, here: https://www.farahtherapycentre.co.uk/alex-profile.
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, and 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 try to feel better, turning 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
Having trained in an integration of psychoanalytic, humanistic (person-centred) and existential approaches, I can adapt to each individual client's needs, both in the moment and over the course of therapy. I focus on building a strong, trusting relationship with the client, as it is from this place of security that we can safely explore whatever difficulties are present, and seek solutions.
In particular, I specialise in existential psychotherapy, an approach that considers all aspects of a person's life in thinking about their difficulties: their individual history, present experiences and future aspirations, and how all of these influence their thoughts, feelings and behaviours. In short, I work to understand what it’s like to be in your unique situation and how you exist within it, seeking to open up new possibilities for living, with the hope that your life becomes more fulfilling and satisfying.
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.
OnlineI also provide my services online.
Issues often worked with
Types of therapy
Individual, 50-minute sessions from £60, depending on the time slot, with some concessionary rates available.
Fees are payable in-person via cash or card, or via bank transfer.
I am a registered provider with the following health insurers: Aviva, AXA Health (formerly AXA PPP) and Vitality Health. If possible, please let me know when you enquire if you intend to pay via health insurance.
Training and qualifications
Psychotherapy Professional Memberships
UKCP - Full Clinical Member, Psychotherapist - reg 201116682
BACP - Registered Member MBACP - reg 374253
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
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