Dr. Alexandra Chrysagi is a HCPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and an Accredited Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapist.
Alexandra has several years’ experience of working with adults in a variety of different settings in the NHS, including Community Mental Health Teams (CMHT), Specialist Psychotherapy Services, Primary Care Service (IAPT), Inpatient, Charities and Private practice.
Alexandra is currently a Principal Psychologist within the NHS where she leads the Trauma Psychological Pathway working with people with complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. She also works in private practice providing therapy to individuals with a wide range of difficulties.
She has a great deal of experience treating complex and longstanding mental health problems, personality disorders, anxiety spectrum disorders, depression, bereavement and existential issues, she is particularly specialised in treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Alexandra integrates a number of models into her work. She is able to deliver Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) commonly used to treat mood disorders, Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) the most effective modality in treating trauma, DBT (Dialectical Behavioural Therapy) help clients with Borderline Personality Disorder, ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy developing strategies that help clients place more emphasis on the present moment, CFT (Compassion Focused) teaching compassion towards one’s self and others. She is also undergoing training in Schema Therapy (ST), effective for resistant clients with entrenched, chronic psychological disorders, including personality disorders.
Alexandra perceives therapy as a journey that can develop your awareness and enable your emotional growth. She is committed to working with her clients in a collaborative, non-judgemental way enabling her clients to feel understood and establish a road-map for a way forward.
Alexandra works in accordance with professional practice guidelines (BPS & HCPC). She is committed to Continuing Professional Development and keeping up to date with research in psychological treatments. Alexandra is a welcoming, warm and compassionate clinician who adopts a tailored approach to each individual client, helping them meet their needs and achieve their future goals.
Dr Alexandra also draws 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. She aims to promote positive mental health in teenagers and to support parents, carers and families to confidently deal with emotional and behavioural difficulties. She is particularly interested in promoting positive attachment and relationships between parents and children as she believes that this is a key way to improve children’s mental health.
Dr. Alexandra Chrysagi was last modified: October 7th, 2018 by Private Therapy Clinic
I visited the Private Therapy Clinic and saw Alex. Having never been to therapy previously the initial sessions were much easier than I had anticipated due to the friendly nature of the initial conversations. Alex was able to help me in identitfying the cause of my anxiety and was then able to suggest ways to help including slight lifestyle changes, breaking negative thought cycles and coping strategies. I would definitely recommend the Private Therapy Clinic and Alex to anyone suffering with anxiety.
I’ve been with Private Therapy for nearly 2 years now first with Dr. Iram Siddique and most recently with Dr. Alexandra Chrysagi and had a wonderful, productive and rewarding experience with both. The first was CBT and it paved the way for integrative and pyschodynamic work with Dr. Chrysagi. Her empathy, focus, and positivity helped me go through a very difficult period in my life with clarity and patience. She combined structure with free-flowing conversation to ensure that the session was neither just ‘offloading’ or just exercises without a basis in my current circumstances. She helped me deal with the past and connect it to the present and made me understand that therapy works best when its effortless, gradual and one part of a total journey to improve yourself and self-reflect. Its not a silver bullet but when it works its effect is long-lasting and internalized. I would definitely come back to Dr. Chrysagi if and when circumstances demand it.
Life changing! Before I started my therapy sessions I was lost in sadness, confusion, self hate, guilt and fear over some traumatic experiences from the past. It was so difficult for me to wake up and do my normal daily tasks. I wasn’t able to enjoy anything or anyone around me. Everything was blank and the feeling was like even the air was too heavy to breath. I didn’t believe that I could ever feel normal again or that anyone could help me. Today I can’t be more happy and thankfull that I somehow managed to seek help and found it with the private therapy clinic and my therapist Dr Alexandra Chrysagi. Little by little step by step she was helping me to clear my dark thoughts and after each session I felt lighter and stronger. Since my last ever session I have done so many of the things that I used to think i would never be able to do because of fears and anxiety. Today I feel like a positive person, I appreciate and enjoy life and feel braver and steady for the hard moments . Not only my life changed but I learned so much about therapy and most important a lot of ways to how to deal with difficult emotional times and analize my own thoughts and try to battle fears and panic attacks. I am forever grateful for the support and help I was given. Thank you
I found the experience very positive. My therapist was incredibly understanding and easy to talk to, she made me feel very confortable which enabled me to be honest and open and confront issues that i had not been able to talk about with anyone previously.
I have spent most of my adult life in uniform, both the green of the infantry and the blue of a front-line police office in North America. I am an Alpha Male and, although I knew that things were not right in my life, I kept my chin up and soldiered on. I started drinking and retreating from life and soon had lost my relationship and my house. After I found myself with my service pistol in my mouth I knew I had to get out and I quit the police. Life recovered for a few months but then fell apart again. Finally I sought help and was assigned to Dr Alexandra Chrysagi. That was a few months ago and I met with her weekly on an EMDR programme.