Alan Archer MA(Distinction) Humanistic Person-Centred Psychotherapy
I am a qualified doctor and Humanistic counsellor/ psychotherapist and supervisor. I have more than fifteen years experience of working with people who have concerns to do with relationship issues, bereavement and loss, depression, general anxiety, sexual/physical abuse, poor self esteem, disordered eating, post-traumatic stress disorder.
Many people want the safety of a confidential time and place where they can simply 'offload' something; some want to talk more deeply, unraveling or facing the reality of something painful or difficult from their past; or they may want help in overcoming their fear for the future.
Often people discover counselling to be a place of solace, a place where they find words for previously unexpressed thoughts or emotions, a place which provides a unique opportunity to challenge themselves with different choices and ways of being. Some people come just once, some come for very much longer - there is no expected or anticipated way of behaviour and there is no judgement. All are welcome and all enquiries treated confidentially.
I am available Tuesday morning, afternoon and early evening
Training, qualifications & experience
Retired consultant physician with special interest in diabetes and endocrinology
Counselling/Psychotherapy and Supervision
1996 Faculty member Knuston Hall Diabetes Counselling Course
2001 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, Person-Centred Approach
2003 Masters Degree (Distinction) in Humanistic Psychotherapy Person-Centred Approach
2015 Diploma in Supervision, Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute
My initial training was in the Rogerian person-centred approach. My therapy work is grounded in the belief that we all have the inner resources to solve our problems given appropriate support within a truly person-centred relationship.
My personal development over the past decade has led to an integrative approach to therapy so that, depending on the clients concerns and wishes, I am able to draw upon a wide range of philosophies including existentialism, object relations, self psychology, transactional analysis, gestalt therapy and principles of empowerment.
I developed and lead a counselling service, Reflections, within a NHS diabetes and endocrine unit. I was responsible for a team of counsellors training at BSc and MSc Degree level in Humanistic psychotherapy. I retired as Lead counsellor for this service in 2018 but I am still available to provide in-house supervision.
My private practice includes both short and long term therapy and student counsellors requiring personal development therapy.
I have a Diploma in Supervision and Supervision Teaching accredited by the UKCP. I am able to provide supervision for counsellors and psychotherapists and for trainee counsellors and trainee psychotherapists, either one-to-one or in groups.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
Fee - first meeting free of charge, there after the fee for each session is £50 per hour, reviewed in March each year and negotiable depending upon the client's means.
Fee for supervision is £50 per hour, negotiable for those with out financial support.
My interest in counselling/psychotherapy includes being a faculty member of the Knuston England & Ireland Diabetes Counselling course. I have previously been an invited lecturer at Warwick University and a member of the Diabetes UK Psychological Aspects of Diabetes working group that provided workshops for diabetes health care professionals.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Tuesday morning, afternoon and early evening
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
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