alex haynes

Alex Haynes

Counsellor

Professional qualifications, accreditations and memberships:

  • Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP)

My professional experience:

I have worked with adults, of all ages, who have found themselves encountering experiences of anxiety; depression; trauma; relationship difficulties; sexuality; or bereavement.

I’ve also worked with adolescents and young adults in these same areas, being mindful of the complexities that emerge from being rooted in familiar experiences of family while simultaneously discovering a greater sense of independence in the world.

Additionally, I have experience in a child and family setting and have provided a space for new parents, both in ante and post natal stages, to discover more of what it means for them to become parents, especially in the context of challenging life circumstances or a breakdown in their relationship.

My personal statement:

I draw on pluralistic approaches in my therapeutic practice. My aim is to collaborate with clients in exploring the challenging circumstances that they find themselves while also respecting the importance and legitimacy of these experiences in their lives.

As part of this approach I hope to discover with my clients a greater sense of agency and meaning while also allowing space for painful life events to be experienced more safely and without pre-conception or judgement.

I’m primarily informed by existential and relational approaches and my work also draws on the research-led advances in the fields of interpersonal neurobiology and neuroscience.

I’m interested in the processes of becoming a parent and the ways in which childhood leaves a lasting impact on how we view and respond to our adult relationships. However, I don’t see counselling as something that is constantly looking backwards and prefer to keep the significance of past events in balance with what it means to be living in the present moment.

Additional information about my research, publications and interests:

I am currently undertaking doctoral research into experiences of parenting.

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