Frequently Asked Qustions- FAQ's

  • What happens in the first session? - The 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.
  • Do you counsel children and adolescents? - No, I counsel adults i.e. ages 18+
  • Do you offer couples counselling? - No, I counsel individuals on a one to one basis.
  • I have often thought "I need help counselling" but find it difficult taking action and getting the help I need. What can I do? - This can happen to a lot of us. In my own experience I have found it hard to recognise at times I could do with some support. When that happened, I also found it difficult to get the help I needed. I started by :-
        • exploring my thoughts around 'I need help counselling' ,
        • To help me find a therapist I started checking out counselling sites and websites for therapists. I also looked for local therapists offering therapeutic counselling.
        • Counselling websites were useful. What really helped me was phoning a counsellor and having a brief chat. I found the tone of their voice calm and reassuring . Thinking back now, I picked up a sense of genuineness and healing. We didn't go into detail, but I distinctly remember putting the phone down and thinking "yes, I can do this". I also felt accepted by them - they would be ok with me and I wouldn't be judged or feel embarrassed opening up and talking to them.
      • I want you to know that this is the atmosphere I hope to create with clients:-
          • Its ok to ring and have a brief chat
          • I hope you will feel reassured, accepted, not judged.
          • I hope you will feel comfortable with me as your therapist.
          • I hope you may recognise that I am a genuine person with a strong drive to heal people.
          • I hope you will be happy to take a step forwards and book an appointment.
          • I hope this is the point where you feel trust developing so you feel safe talking about issues and problems that may be painful, personal and confidential.
    • All of the above are reasons why I welcome an initial phone conversation and clients - When I needed support it helped me. If you need support I hope a phone call will help you. Clients often tell me they 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • How many sessions can I have? - As many as are needed. During our initial meeting we agree to a number of sessions - usually six. Together we make an informal review every six sessions. If we we both feel its beneficial , then counselling continues.
  • 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
  • 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 Register at BACP Register - Alexander Archer
  • 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 listing on Counselling Directory - Counselling Directory - Alex Archer
  • Can I find other information about you online? - Yes. You can find more information on my listing on Psychology Today - Psychology Today - Alex Archer
  • 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