Alex Archer, Registered MBACP, Dip.Couns, Therapeutic Counsellor.
Thank you for visiting my profile. People often seek a counsellor when something affects their mental or emotional wellbeing such as anxiety, depression, stress, bereavement etc. Whatever the reason you are seeking help, 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 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. I've created an introductory video - scroll down towards the bottom of this page to watch this brief (under 2 minute) video. My intention is that you find this reassuring and helpful in your choice of counsellor.
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 healing. 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. Scroll down to check out the "what happens in the first session video" - its under two minutes and you may find it helpful to get an idea of what to expect at our first meeting.
You can find out more information about my counselling practice - Green Lodge Counselling by following the above link to my Green Lodge Counselling website. Based in Wembdon Village on the outskirts of Bridgwater, Green Lodge Counselling is a short drive from Bridgwater Town Centre and also J23 of M5. I offer one to one counselling to adults.
Professional, qualified and insured, holding a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, I am also a registered 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 life's 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 - this helps me in seeing things from the clients point of view.
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 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, Self esteem issues, Overcoming stage fright.
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 life's complexities and gain new perspectives.
Photos & videos
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.
I offer a student rate of £25 per session.
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
|Employee Assistance Programme|