Alan Archibald BSc (Hons), PG Dip, BPC, TSP
Hello, I’m Alan and I’m a trained and registered therapist. I work with a variety of people like you from all walks of life, age, gender, profession and nationality. The type of therapy I use allows me to help you to look a little deeper at the issues you are facing and provide a safe place to do this. I always aim to work with you in a way that allows you the space to explore how you feel. I like to make sure that when you come to see me you will have the safety and security you need to look at the issues you have and feel that I am right there with you. The journey through the problems and challenges you bring is often a painful one but I will always be there to help you understand what might be going on and be able to hold things with you when you need me to. I offer both online (currently) and face to face therapy (once safe) and I aim to help you know that I am solely here to concentrate on you and what you are bringing, not just the words but also how it feels for you and how painful it might have been to hold these for so long.
I have worked in mental health care for the last 24 years. I started out training as a mental health nurse in 1996 and spent the next 16 years gaining experience and knowledge working in the NHS. In 2012 I decided that I wanted to move into psychodynamic psychotherapy. I trained at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust and qualified as a intercultural psychodynamic psychotherapist in 2017. I wanted to gain more experience then and become the best therapist I could for my patients. I worked as a nurse specialist in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the Tavistock for four years before deciding in 2020 to start my own practice Archibald Psychotherapy. I love the NHS, I also know how long it is to wait for psychology services, and feel that it’s important to be able to provide a service that can be there when you need it.
The therapy I give (psychodynamic psychotherapy) provides a safe space that we can explore and think together about the issues and challenges you bring. It allows for unhurried exploration to really get to the bottom of what’s been going on and provide you with the understanding that is often needed to be able to identify, grieve, and move on from the pain that you have gone through. I can think with you and hold with you the weight that you carry and so we can unpack, with care and attention, the difficulties you have faced and try to make sense of it together. Often patterns set in your early life can have an impact on how you feel now and how you see what goes on around you. I will be able to help you look at these things in a nonjudgmental and safe space that allows you to find some peace and resolution.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully trained and registered psychotherapist. The therapy I give is called psychodynamic psychotherapy, all this really means is that we work to identify the feelings that are often hidden, even from you, the past events that have impacted on your life and led to this and how they have been left feeling. People often say how liberated they feel when these past events, feelings and disturbances are held and thought about together. It allows a way in which you can gain back some power over these often horrible feelings that intrude into every aspect of your life and allows you to be free to move on and find true fulfillment. People often worry about the silences that sometimes come in during therapy, and although this can sometimes be true, I am a great believer that even the most difficult of feelings can be shared with the right environment and person.
I work with all sorts of mental health issues or concerns from anxiety, depression, childhood trauma, trauma, relational issues, confusion, low self esteem, anger, to more abstract issues of just finding life joyless or feeling that something just isn’t right but not knowing what that might be. I enjoy the variety of the issues that come up and my main aim being able to think with the person about what all these things mean for them and where the problems might have originated so we can work through them together.
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.
British Psychoanalytic Council
The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) is a professional association, representing the profession of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
The organisation is itself made up of fourteen member organisations and BPC accredits the trainings of its member organisations. An individual who qualifies from one of these trainings is then eligible for entry into the BPC's register.
BPC registrants are governed by a code of ethics, a policy of continuing professional development, a statement on confidentiality and a complaints procedure. The BPC is a Member Society of the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Public Sector (EFPP). Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
General life dissatisfaction and unhappiness. Relational difficulties.
Please ask for fees as these do vary dependent on your circumstances and the service I offer.
I am an approved provider of Vitality and Aviva insurance.
Concessions offered for
Why did I choose this type of therapy?
I chose psychodynamic psychotherapy because of the potential for a depth of understanding for people of their problems and what might be going on. It allows also for creativity and a sense of a journey travelled with the individual in a safe and secure environment that allows them to truly reach into themselves knowing there is someone with them and that they will be kept safe. Psychodynamic psychotherapy also looks into people’s past in an often dynamic way that allows for real time history to play out in the room with the therapist and I found this way of working provided a more meaningful understanding for the patient. I have always felt that human connection is important but not always available for everyone for a lot of complicated reasons whereas this therapy provides that opportunity for it to develop and to bear fruit.
Currently I work online due to the pandemic and although I always intend to offer this as an option I will also work face to face in central London when safe to do so.