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Alex Proudfoot

Alex Proudfoot

Counsellor in Dudley

I offer three practices for well-being, CBT Therapy, Buteyko, & Alexander Technique.
Since 2011 I have been training in Counselling and Therapy. This has shown me that we can continue to develop both heart and mind throughout life. We can become better at making life choices right for us.

When first exposed to the principles of the Alexander Technique (AT), I quickly appreciated the range of application of the technique. In the first weeks of learning I applied them to my ordinary activities such as walking and cycling to college. I realised this was a new way of living-in-ease and resolved to train to become a teacher of this revolutionary technique.

Finding greater ease with breathing by using the Buteyko Method, I trained as a Buteyko teacher and now provide skills and knowledge to individuals.

Background & Qualifications

In 2012 I obtained a Foundation Certificate in HIC. I have been providing counselling and therapy since October 2012 (BACP Student Member, No731535) and qualified in Advanced CBT/REBT with the College of Cognitive Behaviour Therapies in November 2016. I have worked for the SWAN Project in Bristol for three years, Turning Point in Trowbridge for a year and Anxiety UK from my practice room for 2.5 years. I continue to work in Private Practice, working with clients experiencing anxiety related conditions, depression, anger, jealousy, and those who have experienced trauma. I work one day a week at Arts of Change, Dudley, with children and adults.

I have a background in music, obtaining a BA in music performance from the RSAMD in 1984. I play violin, viola, and double-bass on a semi-professional basis.

Upon finishing my Alexander Technique training in 1987 (MSTAT) from the Haar school ATTC, South Devon, I have continued my private practice.

As well as bodywork with the Alexander Technique, I qualified in the Buteyko Method in 2006 (MBBA), training individuals from age 8 to 88!

My Specialisms

I offer short-term CBT Therapy. Find me at doorwayscounselling.co.uk either via Skype/webcam or face-to-face
I also offer Eye Movement Integration that is face-to-face work over two hours to support the integration of trauma experience.

The Alexander Technique is a generic method. Once you master the basic technique, you can adapt to your needs and lifestyle. Working with simple activities such as walking, sitting and lying down, I use words and my hands gently to guide you towards better co-ordination and alignment, while introducing the Alexander principles in interesting and practical ways. When you have become more familiar with the process, you can go on to apply the Technique to improve everyday activities such as writing, working at a computer, driving, bending and lifting. You then can transfer your understanding to more specialised tasks such as playing a musical instrument (my specialism), sports, public speaking - almost anything.

The Buteyko Method is a breathing technique to manage the symptoms of Asthma, COPD, and panic attacks.

Approach to Therapy & How I Work

In Private Practice I provide a safe space for you receive support in a specific area of your life. Our work is confidential within the limits of law. We can explore together the issue you wish to find balance in.

I find the AT informs all my activities and teaching it to my students brings a great joy in the shared exploration of body/mind use. I share AT work also with the local teachers in the area, as I value sharing knowledge and experience.

I offer a basic course of Introduction plus six weekly lessons. You can opt for further learning lesson by lesson, or with a reduction of fee in blocks of ten or twenty.
With Buteyko these skills are learned by you over a course of five sessions lasting between 45 minutes to an hour. Children receive shorter sessions and the fee is reduced.

Therapies & Rates

Please note the rates detailed below are there to give you an idea of the therapists standard rates, we strongly advise you contact the therapist for more detailed rates and any offers they may have.

Therapy Appointment Type Rate
Alexander Technique In Person £42 per 40 minutes
Counselling In Person £54 per 50 minutes
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy In Person £54 per 50 minutes
EMDR In Person £108 per 120 minutes

Additional Rate Information

For all therapies, I offer a tiered fee structure, so the rate quoted is the standard fee. Reduced fees apply for those with household income less than: £30k £50, £25k £40, £20k £30, £15k £20 This enables most people to access support when they need it. Children, Young People, students £40 I have taught Alexander Technique since 1987, to individuals, pairs, and groups. I am a STAT member. I have taught Buteyko Method since 2006, to individuals. A block of five sessions is £200. I am a BBA member. I work as advanced CBT/REBT Integrative therapist in Dudley daily. I offer short-term individual therapy for 8-12 sessions. I have NCS accred registrant status and am a BACP trainee member.