I am Dr. Alexandra Lagaisse, a qualified Clinical Psychologist with a doctorate from the University of Nottingham and an MSc in Holistic Science from Schumacher College.
I have a private practice and work as a Clinical Psychologist with a range of organisations, including within the National Health Service (NHS) and for a humanitarian aid organisation working with survivors of torture. I have developed a specialism working with trauma and work with adults and adolescents with a range of presentations including anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and many others.
After more than a decade of working in mental healthcare services, I firmly believe that what we need is a system of care that is based on deep listening, non-pathologising and empowering individuals to find their unique expression of happiness and peace. That, in fact, our suffering can be a clue and the key to finding true fulfillment.
As a clinician I work integratively, attending to each individual's needs, drawing on a wide range of theoretical backgrounds. As a professional, I continue to seek to answer how I, as a psychologist, can make a positive contribution to change in the world, in these times when so many are facing suffering amidst economic, ecological and societal instability.
I have been involved with the Eroles Project since 2016 an innovative collective of activists creating the conditions for personal and political change, running workshops and projects https://erolesproject.org/
What else? I'm a mother. I take seriously what is happening in our world. I'm concerned about what is happening to the masculine in our culture and strive to understand and support that growth.
I recently appeared in Jason Fox's account of his PTSD in his book Battle Scars, available here www.penguin.co.uk/books