Alan Archer MA(Distinction) Humanistic Person-Centred Psychotherapy
I am a qualified doctor and Humanistic counsellor/ psychotherapist and supervisor. I have more than eighteen 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.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Fee - first meeting free of charge, there after the fee for each session is £45 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 without financial support.
Concessions offered for
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.