What is Heart Led Psychotherapy?
Dr Alexandra Dent is the founder of Heart Led Psychotherapy (HLP), a NEW spiritually informed psychotherapy. The model and principles of HLP are actually suitable for everyone as they provide a way of teaching people to mindfully start living a life through their heart and soul rather than their ego, so that they live a more authentic life which is freer of pain and suffering. HLP offers a unique approach that can also be used by therapists and clinicians with their clients or as a coaching method within different settings and organisations.
In HLP, the term ‘ego’ is used to refer to an individual’s ‘self-image’ or conscious perceived thoughts and overanalyses of the world in which they live, where subject and object are considered distinct and separate. The term ‘heart’ refers to a person’s emotional centre that is the source of unconditional love, compassion, inner wisdom and truth.
HLP uses a BioPsychoSocialSpiritual approach to treating psychological distress. HLP applies to anyone regardless of their spiritual beliefs and has two working models. The Heart Led (HL) model can be used with anyone regardless of their spiritual beliefs. For many this is sufficient and can be used either as a standalone spiritually informed psychotherapy, or can be incorporated with other psychotherapies. If someone is open to spirituality and the presence of a soul, then the Heart and Soul Led (HASL) model supports clients to honour what feels authentic at a soul level as well as a heart level.
HLP encourages individuals to find their own truth.
Focusing on what you can expect when living a soulful life.
Soul Level Work
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Testimonials from clients who have shared their experiences.
The aim of this website is twofold: to introduce you to Heart Led Psychotherapy and also to provide you with the tools and resources you will need to get through the challenges and stresses that life presents you with.
I am really passionate that everyone should have access to affordable, easily accessible and authentic guidance in life especially as psychological issues are on the increase globally and there is a general lack of support services available.
I have therefore developed three online workshops that all complement each other and that once purchased you can access at any time. The workshops are designed to teach you many resources and techniques to support you with the challenges and traumas and stresses of life as well as guide you to how to live a more heart led and authentic journey.
The ideas and concepts are generalisable and applicable to everyone regardless of whether you have difficulties or not. They are also suitable for people who have a wide range of psychological or mental health issues and if you practice the techniques regularly then you should soon notice positive changes in your life and a stronger ability to manage and cope. Everything that I have covered in the three workshops are tools that I practise every day of my life.
Dr Alexandra Dent has written a working manual on HLP:
Using Spirituality in Psychotherapy: A Heart Led Approach to Clinical Practice
Predominantly aimed for clinicians and therapists to guide them how to use HLP with clients, the principles and ideas in the book can be used by anyone. Written in a clear, non-jargon way, this book offers the pathway to finding self-love and authenticity. Resources
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About Dr Alexandra Dent
Dr Alexandra Dent is a Registered and Chartered Clinical Psychologist and has been working with individuals across the age span for over 23 years. In addition to her Clinical Psychology role, Alexandra has also started working as a spiritual coach, supporting others on their spiritual journey and awakening process.
She has worked in academia, the NHS and since 2011 she has run her own successful Independent Clinical Practice in the East Midlands, UK. Her particular areas of interest include trauma, attachment work, mindfulness and spirituality. Alexandra is an active member of the EMDR community and is a Europe Accredited EMDR Child & Adolescent Consultant, EMDR Consultant and Training Facilitator. She is current Chair of the UK Special Interest Group in EMDR & Spirituality and was a committee member of the Transpersonal Psychology section of the BPS from 2020-2022.
Alexandra had to ‘walk the walk to talk the talk.’ In other words, she had to experience her own challenges and traumas as part of her individual journey and spiritual awakening process which eventually resulted in the development of HLP. Alexandra talks openly about some of her challenges in her book and online workshops. She highlights that within each challenge there lies a gift of embracing a life lesson and the opportunity to find or deepen one’s own self-love, self-worth and self-belief and authenticity that comes from living a mindful, heartful and soulful existence.
Alexandra embraces spirituality in her life and regularly attends spiritual and mindfulness retreats and courses as well as promoting these within her working career and with colleagues. Alexandra is a regular meditator and embraces healing modalities. She uses Light Language where appropriate with clients as part of a multi-dimensional approach to healing in conjunction with more traditional psychotherapies. She is also a proud mother of her two amazing children, one of whom has complex neurodevelopmental and psychological issues.
If you would like to read any more about Alexandra’s clinical and work experience, qualifications and published articles, please visit www.alexandradent.co.uk