Alan Archibald PG Dip, BPC, BACP, 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.
Training, qualifications & experience
I completed my training and qualified as an interpersonal Psychodynamic Psychotherapist in 2017.
Prior to my psychotherapy training I was a Mental Health Nurse in the NHS since 1996.
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
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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.
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
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.
I currently have availability
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 but things are opening up and I now offer a limited number of f2f therapy on a Friday and Monday.