Alex Archer, Registered MBACP, Dip.Couns, Therapeutic Counsellor.
Thank you for visiting my profile. Life can 'knock us sideways' . Sometimes we just can't make sense of it. Consequently our emotional well being and mental health can suffer. What ever the reason you are seeking help, I counsel adults and offer understanding, respect and empathy. In our sessions together you have a confidential and safe space to explore your situation and feelings.
Counselling for men - scroll down to the end of this profile - I have a specific section dedicated to counselling for men and men's issues.
I am by nature a good listener, compassionate and don't judge. I think it very important that you feel supported, heard and understood.
Finding the right counsellor for you is an important first step towards healing. This is a reason why I offer a free initial session. This first session gives the opportunity to look at how we can work together and explore the reasons that have brought you to counselling. We look at what you want to achieve from counselling.
Being a counselling professional I am a registered member of the BACP. My approach is Person Centred . I work one to one and face to face. I have a down to earth style and jargon free way of working. I'm not here to fix you, I'm here to help you fix yourself.
We all have our unique story and experiences. Additionally, I have often found themes come up in the therapy room that may have affected many of us at one point or another - for example issues around anxiety, depression, loss, bereavement, loneliness, work, stress, health, self esteem, being stuck, social anxiety, relationships. Relationship issues often are a reoccurring theme. This could be the relationship we have with ourselves, our partner or the relationship we have with family members, money, alcohol, work, sex, food, authority etc...
I appreciate that making contact can feel daunting. I welcome an initial phone enquiry and this often results in clients feeling more relaxed and enabled to make the decision to try counselling.
Counselling is a rare space where all of life's experiences - our relationships, the ups and the downs, the good and the bad, the births and deaths, our health, successes and challenges - can be relevant and be put to good use. In addition to the formal counselling qualifications I have a wealth of life experience - This helps me in a better understanding of life from your perspective.
Training, qualifications & experience
Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Counselling
Level 2 Certificate in Counselling skills
ASSIST suicide intervention Training
Mental Health First Aid Course
I have held various supportive roles with adults with multiple and complex needs such as homelessness and rough sleeping, addiction and mental health issues.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Men's issues
- Counselling for men,
- Overcoming stage fright .
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Sessions last for 50 minutes and the first session is free. Subsequent counselling is £50 per session, usually on a weekly basis.
I offer a student rate of £25 per session.
Limited spaces are available at concessionary rates under certain circumstances. Please get in contact for further details.
Counselling for Men
I counsel women and men. Its widely recognised that women are better at discussing their problems and getting help and support when they need it. Anecdotally, I get more enquiries from women looking for counselling. Additionally, I occasionally get a call from a mum worried about her son, or a woman concerned for her partner.
It's a good thing that women are more proactive in getting the help they need. If only men could do the same! With suicide being the main cause of death for men under the age of 50 in the UK, I wanted to highlight that part of my practice is dedicated to supporting men's mental health and emotional well-being. If men have an outlet to discuss their feelings earlier, it stands to reason that less men would get to the point where they would feel suicidal. Research shows that early intervention and support for anyone facing mental health issues is often most beneficial.
One of the attitudes I grew up with was something like 'If the car is on the blink you go and get it fixed. But if your on the blink, you man up, don't talk about and don't get yourself fixed'.
I can think of many men who have dedicated years of their life to mastering additional skills, gaining extra qualifications, consistently putting in extra hours at work 'to make life better'. At the same time they may have been living with some very painful experiences, emotions and feelings swept under the carpet and not dealt with. I used to live like that myself. My own experience of counselling changed things for the better. I was enabled to better understand, process and let go of the stuff I had swept under the carpet.
I believe its in many men's nature to solve problems - to fix things. Many men may have an a belief something like : 'I should be able to solve the problem. If I can I am a capable man'. This belief can sit comfortably with us when we have problems we can fix. However, its likely for most of us that at some point in our lives we will encounter a problem or situation that we cannot resolve on our own. That's when we can get stuck. This has happened to me in the past. As I write this I realise that I am better at seeking help than I used to be, but it is still uncomfortable to admit that some times I can't figure out all of life's problems on my own. Perhaps this is why it often takes men longer to recognise they are living with a problem they can't sort out on their own, and possibly that it may become serious before they seek support.
Whether you are a woman or a man I'm here to help. As mentioned above I welcome an initial phone call. This first step may put you more at ease about getting the counselling help you need. If I didn't think I could help you, I would look to signpost you onwards.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
My therapy room is on the ground floor. There is a 6" step and a gravel drive.
Daytime and some evenings - please get in touch for current availability
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|