Alexia Harrison, Humanistic-Integrative Psychotherapist, Eating Disorder Specialist
Whilst training at York St John University, Alexia volunteered in a short-term therapy setting for people in crisis. She also worked in a South Leeds Primary School for The Place2Be. She continues to value working in a variety of settings, for the challenges this brings and the diversity of encounters she has with her clients.
Alexia has experience of working in the NHS with adults suffering from a multitude of issues. Her work with adults continues in her thriving private practice whilst she navigates her role as a Primary and Secondary school therapist for the charity Northpoint Wellbeing.
On completion of her Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy, where she earned the departmental prize, Alexia trained with the National Centre for Eating Disorders. She completed the Master Practitioner course in Eating Disorders, Nutrition and Obesity. Her interest in fighting eating disorders has led to several specialist CPD certifications and she is well respected in her field.
Alexia has first-hand experience of an eating disorder and once recovered, she began volunteering for Beat (the UK’s leading charity supporting those affected by eating disorders). For over 10 years she has co-facilitated the Carer’s Support Group for the Yorkshire Centre For Eating Disorders and recently negotiated its continuation by liaising with Northpoint and the NHS. Alexia now co-ordinates and leads the crucial and popular service. She has run multiple sets of Empowering Families Workshops based on the Maudsley Method of treating Eating Disorders which are designed to equip families with the knowledge and tools they need to cope with the trauma that occurs when a loved one has Anorexia or Bulimia.
In private practice, Alexia works face to face with children as young as 7 and her eldest client is well into retirement. Via online video calls, she has supported clients across the UK and around the world – including Spain, France and South Africa. Alexia’s interest in people and enthusiasm for counselling has afforded her a breadth and flexibility in her training enabling her to individually tailor her approach to the needs of each unique client.
Alexia is a well-respected trainer in the counselling community and has trained peers across the North of England in “Working Therapeutically with Eating Disorders.” She provides talks in schools on subjects such as body image, responsible use of social media, combatting self-harm and suicidal tendencies.
Alexia has also represented Beat as a Media Ambassador for the last 8 years and has discussed a variety of issues promoting a healthy attitude towards food and eating. Alexia has been invited to speak on BBC Breakfast, ITV, Look North, The Victoria Derbyshire Show, BBC Radio 5 Live, Capital and Heart FM and BBC Radio Leeds.
Pro-recovery articles include: Good Housekeeping, The Guardian Mental Health Supplement, The Evening Standard and The Yorkshire Post, among others.
Alexia is trained in Safeguarding Children and Young People and holds an Enhanced DBS. She works with all age ranges offering short term, time-limited and open-ended therapy. This is discussed during your initial assessment.
Alexia is a Registered Member of BACP and in accordance with their ethical guidelines, she attends regular CPD and Supervision. She is supervised on a one-to-one basis in York and in London she attends monthly peer supervision with Ernesto Spinelli.
Alexia divides her time between Leeds and London and for leisure, she loves playing tennis with her husband and two children.