Alan Archibald BSc (Hons), PG Dip, BPC
Hello, I provide psychodynamic psychotherapy which allows the unhurried space to really see the issues and to work through them together. The type of therapy I provide can produce life changing experiences for you and allow you to really start living your life. It can help you to have the ability to move on to a more healthy relationship with yourself and others. It allows you to find peace.
I usually see people aged 18 and upwards. I enjoy working with any age in this range but don’t see children or teenagers as my training doesn’t stretch to this or my experience.
I have an online practice currently due to the pandemic but do have an office in central London when it becomes safe to do so.
I have a special interest in trauma and find that my experience working in this area really helps people feel at ease.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified and registered psychodynamic psychotherapist and qualified and registered mental health nurse with 24 years mental health experience and 8 years psychotherapy experience.
I am a member of the British Psychoanalytic Council and the Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists.
I have had substantial and varied experience in mental health. During this time I always felt that a quick fix wasn’t the answer. I would always question the depth of experience that a patient had in my early mental health experience and that what was often expected was often a short intervention that just got rid of symptoms for a while and not looked at what the actual problem was. Like a car with an engine that knocks, adding oil will only resolve the problem for so long before it shakes itself apart.
I trained at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust from 2012. After a two year diploma in psychodynamic psychotherapy and a further two years of a qualifying course in intercultural psychodynamic psychotherapy I completed my studies in 2017. I worked from 2016 in the Tavistock Adult Department as a substantive member of staff as a nurse specialist in psychoanalytic psychotherapy for 4 years before starting my private practice Archibald Psychotherapy.
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
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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.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
General life dissatisfaction and unhappiness. Relational difficulties.
I charge between £65-£80 for a 50 minute session of psychodynamic psychotherapy.
I charge between £75 and £120 for a consultation and normally suggest two. I offer a free initial phone consult prior to starting out in therapy.
I offer once or twice weekly psychodynamic psychotherapy open ended and 16 session short term.
I am an approved provider of Vitality and Aviva insurance.
Concessions offered for
The journey for me to become a psychotherapist wasn’t a straightforward one. I was originally a mental health nurse working in the NHS. I started my training as a nurse in 1996 qualifying in 2000 and worked in inpatient, community, secure, A&E, crisis services and was a Matron in Hammersmith and Fulham over the course of the next 24 years. While working in the NHS I found myself thinking that patients with mental health problems and challenges needed more than just medication or quick fix treatments. I began to feel frustrated that I could not help the patient really get to the core of what was going on and how they felt about it. I felt that I could sit with my patients and try to help them get some understanding of what might be going on for them. I always felt that the connection between two people and the importance of being able to really listen and understand while being with that person in their toughest time was where I wanted to expand my training and provide treatment.
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.
The next step:
You can email, message or call to book a consultation.
You can either email, message or call to enquire further and ask any further questions that you might have. This may also let you know a little bit more about me and the process.
Once we have had the consultation time together to think about what might be the issues and how you wish to proceed we can think about the next step in starting your journey to a better mental health.
Why wait? Enquire today to start that journey