Alex Sanderson-Shortt

Contact Details

79 Carlton Road, Northwich, CW9 5PW
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Fees & Charges

I charge £55 -£65 per hour
I am willing to discuss individual circumstance, please contact me by email for this.


Car parking available, Ground Floor Room But No Wheelchair Access, Skype Video Counselling.

My clients

Gender & Sexual Minorities Experienced:
Kink/BDSM (all gender/sexualities)
Age ranges:
Seniors (60+)
Young Adults (16-24)
Young people (< 16)
Relationship Styles:
Friend and Family members

About me

Working in partnership
Counselling works best when there is a strong partnership between the counsellor and the client(s). I draw from a wide range of theories and techniques, but it is through building this relationship that I have seen the greatest success. I believe absolutely that you are the expert in your life and that you have the skills and resources to know what is best for you. What I can offer is a safe space in which to explore difficult emotions and experiences as you find new ways of understanding and relating to them.

My expertise

  • I have a particular interest in couples counselling and have worked very successfully on issues such as; affairs and betrayals, depression and anxiety, separation and divorce, alcohol abuse, psychosexual therapy and general communication problems - amongst others!
  • I have a great deal of experience working with individuals on issues such as; depression and anxiety, sexuality, addictions, bereavement, low self-esteem, internet addiction and careers and work place issues.
  • My work with families has included working on; general family issues, anger management, child related issues, debt, blended/ step families, dealing with custody arrangements.
  •  In all of my work I have addressed issues around sexuality, including; dealing with homophobia, coming out, exploring sexuality and gender identity, being in non-monogamous relationships.

My career in counselling
My interest in counselling began nearly 20 years ago, after being a user of a counselling service and seeing the benefits it brought to my family after I came out. I started my training in 1995, and used my skills in a role as a workplace counsellor. Since then I have gone on to do more training and qualifications, having recently finished my MA. I work for Relate in North Wales as well as my private practice, working from home in Northwich. My experiences as both a client of counselling services and my range of roles as a counsellor give me a unique perspective. This range of experience means I am not bound to one theory or model of working and can adapt to meet your needs and work in a way that you find comfortable and useful.

Working ethically
I adhere to the ethical guidelines of both the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and the Association for Family Therapy and am a member of both organisations.

Sexual & Gender Identity:
Gay - Male

Experience and approach

Specific experience and training:
Counselling Qualifications:
Basic skills
Intermediate Counselling Skills
Post Graduate Certifcate
Now in the final year of my MA in Relationship Therapy
University Advanced Diploma - Relationship Therapy
Certificate Psycho Sexual Therapy

Additional Training:
I am a fully qualified Relate counsellor
Working with Domestic Violence and Abuse
Working with Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse
Working with Lesbians and Gay Men
Worplace Counselling
Initial Consultations
Dealing with Affairs
Mindful Sex Therapy
Therapies Practiced:
Counselling, Psychosexual therapy, Psychotherapy.
Specialisms and interests:

Relationship therapy - working with couples and poly/ non-monogamous relationships.

Psycho Sexual Therapy



Theoretical approach:
Attachment Theory (Psychodynamic), Couple Therapy, Eclectic, Family Therapy, Humanistic, Integrative, Narrative Therapy, Person-Centred, Psychodynamic, Relational, Systemic.
Ethical Framework:


University Advanced Diploma
University of Hull (Aug 2010)
MA Relatonship Therapy
Universty of Hull (Jan 2014)
Diploma Relationship Therapy with People from Diverse Genders, Sexualities and Lifestyles
Pink Therapy (Sep 2015)
BACP Accred.

Issues and problems I can help with:

Addictions/Compulsive behaviours, Anxiety/ Panic Attack, Bereavement/Grief, Civil Partnership Preparation/ Dissolution, Coming Out Issues, Compulsive Behaviours (Sex, Gambling, Spending, etc), Cross Dressing/ Transvestism, Cultural/Ethnic Issues, Dating And Relationship Skills, Depression, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Drug/ Alcohol Misuse, Gender Identity Concerns, HIV/ AIDS, Homophobic Bullying, Intimacy Issues, Kink/BDSM Identity Concerns, Parenting Issues, Phobias, Relationship Issues, Self Esteem/Confidence, Sexual Arousal/ Desire Difficulties, Sexual Problems/Dysfunction/Desire Discrepancies, Shame/Guilt, Transgender, Workplace Issues.


Contact us by: Email: | Telephone: 07971 205323 | Post: Pink Therapy, BCM 5159, London WC1N 3XX