Frequently Asked Qustions- FAQ's

  • Do you counsel children and adolescents? - No, I counsel adults i.e. ages 18+
  • Is it ok for to speak on the phone and outline the issues I am facing? - Yes, I welcome an initial phone conversation and clients often feel more comfortable with the thought of counselling after they have phoned.
  • If I have phoned and had more thoughts and questions, is it ok to phone again to see if counselling is right for me? - Yes
  • Do you offer online counselling? - Sessions are face to face and currently I do not offer online counselling
  • Do you have evening sessions? - Yes, I offer appointments on some evenings. Please get in contact to check availability
  • I am considering seeing a therapist at some point in the future - is it ok to get in contact with you now, even though I am not in a position to start straight away? - Yes, I think its important that clients undertake counselling when it is the right time for them to do so. 'Dipping a toe in the water' and sounding out a counsellor may be a good starting point for a client.
  • Are you available during the day? - Yes, I offer daytime appointments. Please get in contact to check availability
  • Do you offer couples counselling? - No, I counsel individuals on a one to one basis.
  • Are you on Facebook? - Yes, at https://www.facebook.com/greenlodgecounselling/
  • Is counselling a talking therapy? - Yes, and with person centred counselling you are free to talk about anything that may be concerning you
  • There are some things I may not want to talk about in counselling - what happens then? - That's fine, you are 'in the driving seat' and you decide how much you want to disclose.
  • Are you a member of a professional body? - Yes, I am a registered member of the BACP. My membership number is 376565. You can find me on the BACP website at https://www.bacp.co.uk/profile/7a33cf1f-5390-e711-80e8-3863bb351d40/Therapist
  • Sometimes, all my words come out at once - I may not be able to concisely communicate what is bothering me. Do I have to see the counsellor with an exact list of the issues I am facing? - No, we talk though your situation at a depth you are happy with, and at a pace to suit you. It may take some time to untangle thoughts, feelings & 'your story' . To get a clearer understanding of where you are now and where you would like to be is all part of the counselling process.
  • Is part of therapy telling me what to do? - No
  • If I do a google search for 'counselling near me' , ' counselling Bridgwater ' , ' Bridgwater counselling ' or 'counsellor in Bridgwater' - will you show up? - possibly! My counselling practice is based in Wembdon on the outskirts of Bridgwater. As I am not in the centre of Bridgwater this may effect search results . Although I am on the outskirts of Bridgwater, Its a short drive from Junction 23 of the M5 and a short drive from Bridgwater Centre .
  • Do you have car parking? - Yes, I have a space for visiting clients.
  • Can I find other information about you online? - Yes. You can find more information on my listings on Counselling Directory https://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/counsellors/alex-archer , and Psychology Today https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/counselling/alex-archer-bridgwater-eng/401816
  • What locations do you cover? - If you are looking for counselling Bridgwater, TA6, Somerset, South West - I offer my services in these locations. Overcoming stage fright could be seen as more specialised than other counselling services on offer. Clients are more willing to travel for this service and I include coverage of the South West