Alan Archer MA(Distinction) Humanistic Person-Centred Psychotherapy

Alan Archer MA(Distinction) Humanistic Person-Centred Psychotherapy


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About me

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.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


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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 with out financial support.

Further information

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

Belper, DE56

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No


Tuesday morning, afternoon and early evening

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training


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