Dr Alecia Anderson, DPsych, CPsychol
Chartered and Registered Practitioner Counselling Psychologist
Alecia is a skilled and experienced Psychologist who adopts a pluralistic framework based on the premise that no one therapeutic approach is superior; different clients are likely to benefit from different therapeutic methods at different points in time. The pluralistic position puts the client and their needs at the centre of therapy and is based on working collaboratively.
“I honestly believe that people are experts of themselves but with help from trained professionals they can have a better understanding of themselves and the reason(s) for their behaviours, which can help them to make changes to their lives, be the best person they can be and fulfil their potential.”
Her professional experiences include working with a range of mental health and relational difficulties; such as psychosis, depression, anxiety, trauma related difficulties, borderline and antisocial personality disorders, self-harming behaviours, bereavement, self-esteem and confidence issues. However, she has a particular interest in working with clients who experienced childhood emotional neglect (CEN), treatment resistant depression and anxiety, crisis of faith, borderline and antisocial personality disorders, and trauma bonding.
She has a special interest in supporting clients from the Black Community, in particular the African-Caribbean diaspora. Within the current climate of the Black Lives Matter Movement there are many issues arising for people of colour that can be difficult to process and resolve in oneself. Furthermore, the current Covid-19 pandemic and resulting conspiracy theories on various media platforms can make things difficult not just for people from the African and Caribbean Diasporas but all people the world over. This has brought her focus on working with people who have started experiencing symptoms of mental health difficulties as a result of current world issues.
She has been trained in Relational Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Person-Centred Therapy (PCT), and Mentalization Based Therapy (MBT) frameworks. With further knowledge of a range of other therapeutic approaches, her practice is integrative and provides a range of different lenses through which to conceptualise clients’ individual difficulties.
“In addition to drawing on multiple evidence-based therapeutic approaches, I also adopt a relational focus, which means that I use the therapeutic relationship as a base for understanding clients’ relational and dynamical issues that might be the main problem or an exacerbating factor.”
“I would describe my therapeutic style as creative and innovative because I try to figure out what works for the individual client and implement this, whether it be a single or integrative approach.”
Areas of Specialisation:
- Personality Difficulties: Borderline Personality Disorder, Anti-social Personality Disorder
- Treatment-Resistant Depression: Depression that needs multiple layers of intervention
- Crisis of Faith: Christian Tradition
- Issue of Cultural Identity and Discrimination: In the workplace, Cultural Prejudice
- Chartered Counselling Psychologist (DPsych, CPsychol)
- The British Psychological Society (BPS) Registration: 241856
- Registered Practitioner Psychologist
- Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registration: PYL31907
BPS: Division of Counseling Psychology (DCoP)