Clinical Experience of Dr Alexandra Chrysagi
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.