Alex Archer, Mbacp, Dip.Couns, Therapeutic Counsellor.
Hello, my name is Alex. Thank you for visiting my profile and considering me as your therapist.
You may be here because you are facing issues that are affecting your peace of mind. Whatever the reason you are seeking help, I counsel adults and I offer sensitive understanding, respect, empathy and integrity. In our sessions together you have a confidential and safe space to explore your situation and feelings.
I am by nature a good listener, compassionate and don't tend to judge. Finding the right counsellor for you is an important first step towards better mental and emotional wellbeing. I offer a free initial session.
What happens in our first session together? This first session give us both an opportunity to assess if we can work together, and explore the reasons that have brought you to counselling. We look at how we can work together and what you want to achieve from counselling.
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.
Professional, qualified and insured, holding a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, I am also a member of the BACP. My approach is Person Centred. I have a down to earth style and jargon free way of working. In the simplest sense I walk besides you in a journey of healing.
Counselling is a rare vocation where all of lifes experience - the ups and the downs, the good and the bad, the pleasurable and painful, the births and the deaths, good health and bad health, successes and challenges - is relevant and can inform the counsellor in his work with clients. In addition to the formal counselling qualifications I have a wealth of life experience - which has helped me have a greater understanding of what it must be like to to walk in the clients's shoes.
I am a musician and my own personal development has enabled me to overcome stage fright. This has been as much about living true to myself than 'must fix the stage fright'. I bring to counselling the desire to help clients find a way to live more true to themselves.
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
- Carer support
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am a Person Centred counsellor and aim to get as full an understanding of the client's present situation as possible. Additionally we look at what the client hopes to achieve from counselling. As such this style of counselling is not about reducing a client's situation into a list of problems/disorders. If the list above is useful to you, then that is a help. You may know exactly why you are seeking out counselling, or you may have a deep feeling that something is wrong - but you can't name it. Counselling may help you name it to tame it. A lot of the issues we face in life don't fit neatly into one convenient box. You may also find it helpful to know that person centred counselling is about finding the right way forwards for you - tailored to your unique needs and situation. This is a talking therapy where you have space and time to explore different aspects of your life - in sessions we have the opportunity to untangle lifes complexities and gain new perspectives.
Sessions last for 50 minutes and the first session is free. If you are happy to proceed, subsequent counselling is £40 per session, usually on a weekly basis.
Limited spaces are available are concessionary rates under certain circumstances. Please get in contact for further details.
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