Alex Burns

B.A. (Hons.), Dip. Psych., MBPsS, MBACP

Director of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

Alex Burns is co-founder, with Jill Singer, of the North West London Psychotherapy Centre. He has been a Psychotherapist for almost 30 years offering Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Counselling to individuals and couples. Most of his working life has been centred on working with people. For a number of years Alex worked in the public sector in youth and community work and then in the industrial sector with a particular interest in Stress Management and Human Resources. This led him to study for a degree in Psychology followed by a period as a lecturer in the Psychology Department of Middlesex University where he specialised in Child and Adolescent Development.

Alex's postgraduate training as a Psychotherapist was at the Institute of Psychotherapy and Social Studies (IPSS). After qualifying he began his private practice in London, and, for over a decade, was involved in the training and supervision of post-graduate level psychotherapists. He became joint Course Director for the MA/Diploma Course in Psychotherapy at the IPSS, as well as Vice-Chair of the Institute's Training Committee.

Alex's approach is to offer a supportive, gentle and reflective environment in which to explore the possible causes of the difficulties the client is experiencing and the resulting emotions that are raised. With this therapeutic approach, over time, his clients have the opportunity to gain a much deeper understanding of themselves and bring increased clarity to their relationships with others. Alex has a particular interest in the possible links between organic illness and emotional distress. He is registered with The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and a member of both The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and The College of Psychoanalysts (UK). In 1990 he was awarded Life Membership of The Institute for Psychotherapy and Social Studies.

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