What our clients say…
"I came for counselling with you between Jan15 and Aug15 after a bad end to my marriage. I was struggling with self confidence and very low generally. I often think about my sessions with you and how valuable they were to me at a critical point in my life, being able to move on and have the confidence to raise my daughter on my own. I wanted to let you know I have recently been promoted at work and I am just in the process of selling my house to move in with a new partner. This is a huge step for me and after 4years of looking after myself it has paid off and I’m ready to trust someone again - Something I couldn’t imagine when I first came to you. Thank you for your support. I wanted to let you know the impact it still has on my life and how it has helped me get where I am today." Amy, Derby
"I went through 6 sessions with Alex and since the first day I could clearly feel that she could offer the help I was looking for. Her professional, gentle and goal-oriented approach with the use of different techniques made me immediately feel better. She used EMDR to help me dealing with core issues and the outcome was great. I have struggled for long time with anxiety and lack of self-confidence and it has been amazing to see how quickly this issues could be faced, solved and archived. I couldn't be more happy with the results I have achieved. I would strongly recommend Alex to anyone looking for a change but struggling to find the way to make it." Dr G C, Derbyshire
"I first came to see Alex in June after suffering from a breakdown, based around suicidal thoughts - I'd been depressed for years. Together we talked about what had brought on the depression, what had happened in my life, and a first for any of the counsellors I'd seen, she gave me the tools to deal with my problems. We used a variety of talking, CBT and EMDR techniques to change my perspective on life - so much so that I had the confidence to completely start a new life, changing university and moving somewhere completely new with my boyfriend. I only saw her for half a dozen sessions, but it was enough to bring me back to the person I used to be.
To anyone hesitating to see her, I would completely recommend it, the price is very reasonable (hey, I'm a student and I could afford it with the last of my loan!), and she is VERY good - definitely worth paying for." Fiona S, Loughborough
"I was in a rut in a job I hated working away from home away from my family, but the money was good, I was existing to earn but not living. I had always dreamed of having my own businees but the FEAR of what could go wrong always prevented me, especially as my father had many businesses most of which ended in disaster, losing the family home and divorce- I didnt ever want to put my family through this. You helped me deal with the FEAR and realise that what was my father's reality didn't mean it was mine. I found something in me that enabled me to take the brave step of leaving my highly paid job and starting on my own. We are 5 months down the line and already have 30 people working for us and have turned over a million pounds already. I get to see my 4 year old boy everyday, have started to enjoy some hobbies- I cant ever remember being this happy.
I owe a lot to you and won't ever forget it." Max F, - Managing Director, Leeds, Yorkshire
"I am a different person, I hardly recognise the person I was (full of sadness, self hatred and zero self esteem). My problems were from early childhood and I thought I was beyond help.
Week by week working with Alex I realised the opposite was true. Alex has such a gift and understanding, she really cares and is very talented. It's not just my life that's improved but my family's too, especially my two children and the relationship with my husband. With Alex's help I have broken the cycle-thankyou." Sharon, Derbyshire
"I’ve only being seeing Alex for a relatively short period of time but in this time she has helped me transform my life beyond anything I could have imagined. Alex has helped me recognise the rather toxic relationships in my life and the unhealthy tendencies I have. She has truly helped me, and continues to help me overcome these by providing me with the techniques to cope now and in the future. She has improved my self-esteem beyond measure and made me feel like a new person. She has helped me realise why I was feeling so low and has given me the tools to take control of my life so I can move forward in the direction I want to go in.
I have learned to value my happiness and put myself first in a good way. As a result of this I have become more confident as a person & this has helped me no end with taking control of my life and doing the things I want to do. I cannot praise Alex enough and would definately recommend her to anyone; she’s a truly amazing therapist, so easy to talk to and a real life saver.Thank you Alex." Aby, 21 years old
“My teenage daughter had been suffering from low mood and low self esteem for 2 years which she had kept to herself. She gradually spent more and more time on her own in her room,was very tearful and withdrew herself from friends and made up excuses to avoid meeting up with them. Even after only one session I could see an improvement in my daughter’s mood and with only half a dozen sessions my daughter was back to her old self and socialising with her friends again. The transformation has been amazing and so rapid. My daughter has more inner confidence now than she has ever had before. Alexandra has a lovely personality - calming and caring which made it easy for my daughter to open up to her. I cannot thank her enough and would highly recommend her.” AF Loughborough
"Alex is an excellent therapist, who has helped me breakdown the barriers preventing me from living life the way I wanted to live it. Like many people, my life has had its ups and downs but being a typical bloke I find it hard to talk to even the most important people in my life. In Alex I found a calming professionalism that built a confidence that she was here to help not judge; a great reflection of the professionalism and personality of Alex.
Together we broke down the issues one by one, using a variety of techniques to conquer each issue.
I have no hesitation in saying I'm a different man to that of the man who walked in for the first session, and have no doubt that this is all down to Alex and her calming and friendly approach to therapy."
Simon, Manager, 27 from Derby
" I first went to see Alex around 2 years ago as a very lost man with zero self-esteem, confidence and battling major anxiety and panic disorders. As a 25 year old I was depressed with no idea or confidence on how I was going to move on with my life. Seeing Alex on a regular basis with talking therapy and Bach remedies I was able to work through my issues one at a time. I have now gone from a very shy man with low confidence in a relationship which did not serve me, to a single man who works behind a bar and plans on travelling Thailand alone!! The changes in me are nothing but amazing and I never thought I could feel this free! I am now full of confidence and beginning to really get to know myself with no signs of anxiety or panic. I would recommend Alex's service to anyone in a heart beat. She has guided me through a change I never thought possible. I now love my life a look forward to the future. If you feel you need to make changes in your life, then get in touch with Alex. You will not regret it!'"
"I made an appointment for my daughter to see Alex to try and help her with anxiety and self esteem issues that were gradually overshadowing her life. After sitting in on their first session and witnessing Alex's kind and gentle approach, I felt sure she was in safe hands.
After a couple of sessions I begin to notice real changes in her and following the course of 7 sessions she was transformed into the happy, carefree teenager she deserved to be.
In her own worlds, she says that she feels happy in her own skin for the first time and is no longer scared of the future because she knows that Alex has given her the tools to deal with any problems that might arise.
I would recommend Alex to anyone who is wondering whether counselling is the right option for them."
"I started looking for a CBT therapist after suffering with anxiety and panic attacks, I looked on the approved therapist website for Leicestershire and Derby and chose to contact Alex as she looked around my age.
After reading her excellent testimonials I made the first move and emailed her, she responded so quickly and my first appointment happened the following week, having never done anything like this before I was understandably nervous and being anxious anyway I didn’t think I would cope but when I first met Alex she made me feel like I was normal and the feelings I was experiencing just needed to be controlled I never thought I would be able to manage my anxiety as it had began to take over my life yet after a few sessions with Alex I felt like I had started to accomplish things again.
I now understand the cause for my anxiety and with a few simple changes to my life feel like I have been given the opportunity to feel like me again which is all anyone suffering with anxiety and depression ever wants. Alex has been a fundamental part in my recovery and I couldn’t have achieved so much without her."
J Bradford, Customer service Manager
“I would like to strongly recommend Alex’s services. I started with Alex a shadow of my former self and left feeling back to being ‘me’. Alex made me feel extremely comfortable from the very start and I opened up to her about issues I would have never dreamt of even speaking out loud to myself, never mind a stranger. She has not only changed my life, but also my partner’s. Even though he did not attend the sessions, it has proven that my positive energy and change of thought processing has had a massive effect on him too. I cannot stress enough how much I would recommend this service to anyone with an issue, big or small.
Thankyou Alex – You not only brought ‘me’ back, but saved my relationship.”
Kate S, Derbys
"I am grateful for the help and support you have given me over the past year- dealing with a nasty and bitter divorce, loss of my business, the repossession of my investment properties in spain, saying goodbye to my pension and life savings, plus the sale of my car and motorbike to pay off debts, it's been a tough time, but with your help and the ability to deal with these challenges and stress, I have come out the other side in one piece and now have the opportunity to rebuild my life, i couldn't have done it without your considerable assistance and skills. Thankyou."
Andy, Sales Manager, Leicestershire
"Alex was recommended to me by a close friend whose daughter had suffered the same sort of anxiety problems as my 16yr old daughter. My daughter was very apprehensive about meeting Alex but after our initial assessment Alex put her so much at ease she was happy to continue her sessions alone. Right from the start we were able to see a positive change in our daughter and now can honestly say we have our happy, smiley daughter back who now faces life’s challenges with a much more positive attitude. The techniques Alex has given her will I am sure continue to help her in the future. As a parent I would highly recommend Alex and only wish I had found of her sooner. So thank you Alex for all your help we thank you from the bottom of our hearts."
K & S – Parents - Derby
"EFT helped me a lot , firstly giving confidence in myself and also helping me accept who I was and understand anxiety more too.
After having several sessions I started to make progress and started to use the Bach. I am now a lot more relaxed and comfortable in meetings at work and eating infront of people. Also I have been going out in busy pubs.
I use EFT everyday (mostly in the morning) and I feel that I have control of my anxiety rather than it over taking me. Thank you very much Alex!!"
K Fern, Leicestershire
"After seeing Alex for a couple of months I felt different. More balanced is the best way I can describe it, like my body and mind had subtly shifted enabling me to manage being me much better.
I orginally booked in with Alex because of her CBT qualifications but the therapy I received turned out to be a mixture of things as she tailored sessions to suit what I needed.
I was definitely cynical about the remedies but my feedback following a course could not really be explained other than by the fact that the remedies chosen were working. It was amazing really and meant that as well as talking the remedies were providing an almost physical therapy alongside what Alex offered in the face to face sessions.
I would definitely recommend Alex to anyone looking to put things right and I will definitely be in touch with her again if any life events wobble my equilibrium!"
Katie S, Leicester
"I suffered with depression, anxiety and panic attacks for over ten years. I always felt that these were caused by growing up in a violent household. I was scared of everything and life had become a difficult chore, rather than a pleasure. I was completely lost and had no confidence in myself or my ability to achieve anything.
I found Alex's website and i thought i'd give it a go! I was a little apprehensive as i'd seen other therapists in the past who weren't able to help me. I'm pleased to say, Alex was the total opposite! She was very, very understanding and calming. I was completely myself with her and found for the first time in my life I could talk about what had distressed me for years. Alex helped me to understand myself and move forward through a combination of Emotional Freedom Technique and talking therapies. I felt better and better after every appointment with Alex and I was really suprised at how quickly I noticed changes in myself. I now feel like the old me; confident, out going, and happy. I've said goodbye to anxiety and panic attacks and I no longer feel down about my life. I am up beat and always see the positive rather the negative.
I genuinely thought there was no hope for me, but I was very wrong. I would highly recommend Alex and her range of therapies."
Hannah B, Derbyshire
"There is a technique called tapping and within time you can reach to your deepest pain and move it – it is an emotional experience and you really have to face truthfully your worst fears and with the trust and guidance from Alex I achieved this over 6 sessions.
I did not realise what lay deep beneath my happy outlook on life and in time uncovered emotional blockages which now I am completely free of – I can deal with things in a different way now which is far more cleansing for your mind and body and I feel stress free and cannot imagine having another panic attack or IBS again – my mind is in control and Alex goes through exercises that help you deal with negative situations.
In conclusion to my time within the last 6 months of meeting Alex I have closed down my recruitment agency which was the right thing to do after 14 years, sold my house and moved to another area with my new partner of 4 months. This is a testimonial to Alex and the wonderful service she can bring to people and also the aftercare and natural healing remedies which have all been part of this hard but wonderful healing process.Thankyou"
"With having had counselling in the past, I was sceptical about E.F.T and wondered if it would actually work for me.
As with most people, I've suffered traumas, and the E.F.T has definitely helped me to "let go of the past" and look forward to the future. I even get excited about going to work these days - I never thought I would ever say that !!! I can help myself and stop the anxiety symptoms by using the breathing and tapping techniques.
This is something I would highly recommend to anyone."
SN, (EAP client)
"After a few weeks of going to these sessions I started to see in a difference in myself. Me being the way I had always knew myself to be but from past, present and future situations had changed me over the years. It was so nice, such a great feeling to be me again. It’s so hard to explain it but I would advise anyone to give it ago. It may take some people a little longer and still may need a little help after as I also found the Bach remedies helped me extremely well and still are!!
Give it ago, don’t not try it……..it really is brilliant and worth every penny spent!!!!"
"I had a treatment with you and found it quite enlightening. I have been on a very long journey into the self for many years and found yet more feminine strength after I saw you. Many clients have come to me since and I am coping with the difficulties more calmly."
Margaret E, Birmingham
"I write this letter to say that I would and have, recommended Alex Bacon to my friends. The first session was amazing, what came up from the depths of my being; I am 68 years old and through the patience and knowledge of Alex, was able to release things that traumatised me from the age of 3 to 68, so much so it has helped me to move forward in my life.
I have had 5 sessions, each one worth its weight in gold."
K Skinner, Burton on trent
“I have had issues over my weight ever since I was a teenager having suffered from an eating disorder, and I can honestly say that is all behind me now thanks to discovering Emotional Freedom Technique. I can now look in the mirror and like what I see!”
"I’ve had a life long phobia of the dentist and even thinking of going used to bring me out in a sweat before I discovered EFT! Now I feel completely calm and have visited the dentist for the first time in years and faced the dreaded drill with no problems whatsoever!”
“I have received several EFT treatments from Alex both over the phone and face to face and cleared some very long standing childhood traumas. Alex gave very in depth, empathic consultations and dealt with issues that came up as we worked together gently and flexibly so I didn’t feel pressured and could cope with whatever feelings that came up. EFT really is amazing and I can recommend Alex as an excellent practitioner.”
“Alex has helped me massively with many issues through EFT - particularly a long standing body image issue that has bothered me for almost 6 years. I felt so much lighter after working through it and she is so understanding - especially with issues I felt embarrassed about. The real proof was when I went on holiday and found that for the first time in years I wasn't embarrassed about my body! Perhaps even verging on confidence - and that for the first time in years I wasn't embarrassed about my body! Perhaps even verging on confidence - and that for me is amazing. Thank you so much Alex.”
Kelly M, Glasgow
“I had a major issue over a past relationship, and I felt so angry and stuck my life was spiralling into disaster and I felt powerless to stop it. Through having two sessions of EFT, my life is back on track again and I’ve left all that old baggage behind me, thanks for empowering my life!”
AC, Therapist, London
"I have been overwhelmed with how effective and how I've responded to the NLP sessions. Alex is an extremely good listener and a very talented professional. She has been very adaptive to my needs, in just 6 sessions the difference in my wellbeing has been remarkable. I would recommend Alex without any hesitation. The Bach's remedies are well worth a try too!"
"I saw Alex details on the website when I was in a crisis following the death of my dear mother. I thought a few sessions for grief counselling would soon have me on my way and back to work. With Alex's support, coaching and facilitation i soon realised that the crisis was just a catalyst for the many issues I had. Over a period of time these issues were explored and brought to the surface. Alex taught me lots of techniques to aid my recovery including learning how to enjoy doing things for myself. With Alex's support I learned how to value myself, spend time enjoying myself and to focus on the things that are important to me. Alex assisted me to balance the challenges life brings whilst enjoying things as they happen. I feel very positive about life now and this has had a positive impact on my husband, children and our family life. I have ended my employment after 27 years and with Alex's support I have learnt the art of acceptance and rekindled my creative side to enjoy my new life at home developing the things that are important to me.I could never have imagined being a full time mother and a wife but I am loving it. I am enjoying spending time spoiling myself and developing the many interests that have been dormant for several years. I could not have made these changes in my life without the excellent support and facilitation from Alex and would recommend Alex to you."
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"I visited Alex after being diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress syndrome following a road traffic accident. Alex decided that Cognitive Behavioural Therapy was the best treatment for me. I can honestly say that thanks to Alex and the CBT I got my life back.
My post traumatic stress was really affecting my day to day life and subsequently having a big impact on my loved ones too. Visiting Alex was one of the best things I've ever done, I am amazed at how CBT works and so unbelievably happy to be able to carry on with my life. Thank you Alex"
"I had suffered with anxiety and panic attacks for several years which led to agoraphobia. I had tried pretty much everything - hypnotherapy, acupuncture, homeopathy and also had seen two therapists. None of this had really helped and although it sounds dramatic, I felt that Alex was my last hope.
I cried lots during my first couple of sessions because I was in such an emotional state, but gradually over the weeks I increasingly felt better. I found Alex extremely easy to talk to and through these sessions discovered things about myself and my anxiety which I could change.
I am now working part time due to my increased confidence, and am beginning to feel like my old self again.
The transformation has been amazing and I am travelling to places now that I haven't been to for years.
I would not hesitate to recommend Alex to anyone - she has been truly amazing."
Mrs B, Swadlincote
"I first approached Alex to help with my low self esteem issues that I have had all my life. She gave me the tools to become aware of my negative thought patterns so that I was able to change them. I used to be fairly shy about meeting new people, especially because of my weight. However, I now understand that I am more than my weight problem and I truely appreciate myself as I am. Whilst I had sessions with Alex, she also helped me with my addictions to chocolate and putting conditions on my happiness. She taught me how to tap away these cravings and thoughts. My life has improved greatly since seeing Alex. I am more content with myself and my family relationships have also improved as a result of this. I am more motivated at work and university and can finally say that I am happy with myself now- no ifs or buts. It is hard to believe that I have changed so much with only five sessions with Alex. Anyone who believes they need help, contact Alex and from the moment you meet her, your life will change for the better. Thank you Alex!"
Jennifer, 21, Derby
"I first took my son Noel, who is 7, to see Alex at the beginning of the summer holidays. Noel had an acute fear of balloons, and anything that made a "popping" noise, such as fireworks, crackers and party poppers. Within 2 sessions we were able to go to the shop and purchase a packet of balloons which Noel then passed to me to put up. We have since progressed to playing balloon tennis, and even watching the fireworks out of the window this Guy Fawkes night. Previously my son would not even enter a room with a balloon in it!! I can not praise Alex enough for her patience, humour and skill in teaching Noel the "magic tapping" which has changed his life, and mine. I would not hesitate to recommend her and the techniques she used - she is a miracle worker!"
"Mentally, I was in a very dark place when I went to see Alex. Having suffered a bereavement some two years prior, I thought that I had managed to overcome most of the associated problems on my own, but there were latent issues which were having a detrimental affect on my emotional responses. It took a crisis to make me realise that I did need outside help to address these. I had never used a counselling service before, so I was initially wondering if it would prove to be right for me. However, through her natural intuition and professional caring approach, Alex provided the tools and techniques that I needed to enable me to move on and progress. I can honestly say that I now feel much calmer, happier and able to meet and deal with all that life offers, on my own terms."
"When I first came to start my sessions with Alex I was suffering from terrible anxiety and I was desperate for help as I was unable to eat or sleep as a result of my constant feelings of fear. I started therapy within three days of contacting Alex, this was a huge relief to me and I had been told other treatments had a waiting list of at least 14 weeks. My treatment consisted of mostly of EMDR and Bach's Flower Remedies but also included CBT. I had seven 1 hour sessions in both Derby and Cromford and began to feel back to normal after only the first couple of hours. Now that I have completed my seven hours I feel like an entirely new person. Alex not only helped me to change the thought patterns that caused my feelings of anxiety but also taught me how to diffuse situations before they became stressful to me. Each of my sessions was worth every penny and I would recommend her to anybody."
Bryony, 16, Derbyshire
“The unique remedy Alex provided me was most helpful in dealing with my symptoms. The remedy helped to calm me and enable me to handle a difficult couple of months more smoothly than I would have been able to unaided by the remedy. I would highly recommend Alex for dispensing Bach’s Remedies as, in my experience with her, she is highly capable in providing the appropriate combination of Bach’s remedies to suit individual needs."
Ms Tarnjit K Tiyur
"Alex's approach helped immensely with my son Matthew, who following my divorce being increasingly depressed and withdrawn. Since the sessions with Alex, he is back to his old self and much happier both at school and at home, and his performance in all his subjects has improved. Thankyou."
Ms M, Derby- Parent
"Thank you so much for helping me over the past couple of months. I remember coming to you the first time and I was so nervous but you were so nice. Now I feel a lot more confident within myself and I will try my hardest to carry that on at Ashby school. Thankyou for everything."
Katy, Year 10 student