Dr. Alexandra Chrysagi, C.Psychol., PsychD., B.Sc (Hons)
Chartered Counselling Psychologist
Clinical Supervisor (RAPPS, BPS)
BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of Panteion, Athens, Greece
Practitioner Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (Psych D), University of Teeside
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. Provided by Dr Fiona Kennedy; Dr Lorraine Bell; Solent Solent NHS Trust
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (part 1, 2, 3). Accredited EMDR Therapist. Provided by Dr Richard Mitchel; EMDR Europe.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Workshops. Provided by Dr Sue Clark; Dr Helen Bolderston; 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.
Annual Clinical Seminar on the theme of Contemporary Adolescent “Expressions and Psychopathology”. Provided by Psychiatric Department of adolescents and Youths of the Athens General Hospital “G. Gennimatas”.
Annual Clinical Seminar on the theme of Psychoanalytic Treatment. Provided by Psychiatric Department of adolescents and Youths of the Athens General Hospital “G. Gennimatas”.
Registered Practitioner Psychologist, Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC)
Chartered Counselling Psychologist (C.Psychol), British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Division of Counselling Psychology
Accredited Member, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR Europe)
Member, Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)
I have 8 years of clinical experience. I completed my Doctorate in Counselling Psychology. During my 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), 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 specialized in working with adults with complex and longstanding mental health problems and personality difficulties in NHS Secondary Care Psychology service in Hertfordshire, London. I am a member of the Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) team, diagnosing and treating clients with Borderline Personality Disorder. I am also the Principal Psychologist 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 Humanistic, Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), DBT (Dialectical Behavioural Therapy) and ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy). I also very recently, I applied for my Schema Therapy (ST) training.
CBT therapy is most commonly used to treat mood disorders ( e.g. depression, bipolar) and anxiety disorders ( e.g. obsessive compulsive disorder, generalized 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.
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.
Since qualifying, I have specialized in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy. DBT can help clients with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD or Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder) who may struggle with emotional instability which may manifest in self-harm behaviours, such as self-cutting, urges to suicide, impulsive actions, inappropriate anger and forming chaotic interpersonal relationships. DBT has been shown to be an effective treatment to help reduce self-damaging behaviour.
I have also trained in a range of other approaches, including Mindfulness-based approaches such as ACT (Acceptance 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 co-facilitated a Schema Therapy Group which was supervised by the founders of the Group Schema Therapy. Schema therapy is well-suited for resistant clients with entrenched, chronic psychological disorders, including personality disorders (including BPD and narcissism). My experience in the Schema Therapy Group inspired me to start my Schema training.
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 their distress and promote their 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-centered approach prises the therapeutic relationship and as such is regarded as a core feature of our work together.
Although I work with a range of complex and enduring psychological difficulties, I primarily provide specialist services to clients presenting with single and complex trauma (PTSD and dissociative PTSD), often comorbid with personality disorders or other AXIS I disorders.
This includes specialist psychological assessments and provision EMDR or TFCBT therapy. I am the lead of the trauma pathway at the current Community Mental Health Team where I work. My input has helped the therapists who work with trauma to conduct thorough assessments and reviews for the suitability of psychological therapy, whilst also supported by me when needed.
Working with trauma with clients from various ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds has allowed me to develop my cultural awareness and reflective practice. Furthermore, it has equipped me to apply evidence based treatments with cultural mindedness and manage any potential challenges working with interpreters. My diverse experience has increased my insight into the need for flexibility and adjustment of therapy according to the client’s difficulties. Specifically, I have learnt to adjust my therapeutic stance and boundary setting according to the client’s presenting difficulties to enable the development of reparative relationships.
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.
I offer supervision in one to one and via Skype.
I practice in Petersfield and Central London.