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Clear Water Lake

Alan Archer

Humanistic Person-Centred Psychotherapist

 At present I am providing online therapy. This is a moral decision. I am choosing to do this as my therapy room is not Covid safe. I believe I have a duty of care for all people who enter my property and therefor I cannot in all conscience provide face to face contact. Most potential clients welcome this stance and are then more than willing to experience an online session. 

find me on  07974 954 643 with voicemail

Who am I?

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Services I offer


I am a Humanistic Person-Centred psychotherapist offering individual, confidential, one to one therapy.

My clients come with a variety of  concerns: anxiety, relationship issues, low mood, low self confidence, feeling sad, feelings of panic, affairs, betrayals, physical, emotional or sexual abuse, a history of childhood bullying, self harm, domestic violence, work stress and other concerns.

People from all walks of life request counselling. Some are seeking a confidential, safe space to 'offload' their immediate, most pressing concerns. Others want to talk deeply, perhaps unravelling or facing a painful reality from their past and seeking support in facing their fear for the future.

Some come on just one occasion, others for far longer; the average is for 6-8 sessions. I have no expectations of people and there is no judgement.

All are welcome, I respond to all enquiries and treat them confidentially. 

Our first meeting has no fee, thereafter the fee is £45 per session for people with financial support, for those without a lower fee can be discussed.

At present I offer therapy on Tuesdays, just call me on 07974 954 643 - with voicemail - if you have any queries before deciding whether you wish to meet face to face.


I have a Diploma in Supervision and I am registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy as a Therapeutic Supervisor. I offer one to one supervision to trainee and fully qualified counsellors/psychotherapists.

My supervisory experience includes the Nottingham Sexual Violence and Support Service; Reflections, the diabetes counselling service Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, and Resolve, the staff support service of the Derbyshire Community Health Service NHS Trust.

My aims in supervision are to build a relationship facilitates a review of their supervisee/client relationships. 

Call me on 07974 954 643 - with voicemail - if you have any queries before deciding whether you wish to meet face to face.

My fee is £50 per hour for qualified therapists and £25 per hour for trainee therapists.

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What is therapy? How does it help?

"We think we listen, but very rarely do we listen with real understanding, true empathy. 

Yet listening, of this very special kind, is one of the most potent forces for change that I know"

Carl Rogers - originator of the Person-Centred Approach

As a person-centred therapist I believe that if we have the right conditions for personal growth then the vast resources we each have for understanding how we think about ourselves and others,

how our behaviour affects ourselves and others can be mobilised.

In a therapy relationship the power of active listening and certain key attitudes

shown by your therapist facilitate the therapeutic process.

The 3 core attitudes are:


Means the therapist enters the private world of an other person, understands it and shows them this understanding. If a person truly feels understood then empathy becomes, as Carl Rogers said,

" a healing agent...bringing even the most frightened client

into the human race...they belong"


Means the therapist shows the client they are genuinely interested in them

and that they will express what they are thinking and feeling inside and always do so in ways

that are respectful and are not judgemental.  

Unconditional positive regard

Means showing warmth or prizing and is similar to the attitude of parents who value and love their children, no matter what they do.

So my aim is to support you in the choices you make, through developing a relationship with you that is non-judgemental, does not tell you what to do, and accepts the choices you make as being right for you.

"It is the client who knows what hurts, what directions to go,

what problems are crucial,  what experiences have been deeply buried."

Carl Rogers

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Who am I?

I have had two careers. My first was as a NHS hospital consultant physician with a special interest in diabetes and endocrinology. I retired from this work in 2013. In 1996 I began training as a counsellor and psychotherapist at the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute in Nottingham, and in 2002 gained a Master's degree (Distinction) in Humanistic Person-Centred Psychotherapy.

Since graduation I have maintained a private practice providing one to one individual counselling/psychoptherapy. In 2004 I began Reflections, the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS specialist counselling service for people with diabetes in Nottinghamshire. I retired as Lead Counsellor for Reflections in 2018 and continue to provide expertise as and when required.

In addition I work  as a therapeutic supervisor in Resolve, the staff support unit for the Derbyshire Community Health Service 

I am also a Faculty member (since 1997) of the Knuston Diabetes Counselling Course. This course enables diabetes health care professionals to develop person-centred skills which they can use in their professional lives to support people to self-manage their diabetes. The course is recognised by the Royal College of Physicians and the patients' charity Diabetes UK.

The course is held annually in England and Ireland.

In 2015 I gained the Diploma in Supervision and I am registered with the

United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy as a Therapeutic Supervisor.

As an accredited member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy I adhere to the Ethical standards and Code of Practice of the UKCP. My professional practice is audited on a 5 yearly basis.

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Contact me


Contact me today to discuss any queries you may have, learn more and book your first session.

+44 (0) 7974 954 643 - with voicemail

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