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Una Archer GMBPsS

I am passionate about creating secure relationships that support the unfolding of who each child is. I developed this interest during my MSc in educational psychology and, since then, I trained in and worked with attachment theory, systemic practice with families, trauma therapy and neuropsychology. I have been in private practice since 2014, working with individuals, couples, children and families.

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Secure attachment provides a foundation for children to explore the world and develop emotional resilience and healthy relationships. Through my experience of working with families, I learned that relationship security is essential when navigating different parenting challenges: behaviour and emotional difficulties, neurodiversity, illness, separation, bereavement, and the list goes on...


I typically work with parents over a few months. We use the Circle of Security Parenting framework to explore their relationship with their children as a starting point to discover what comes up for them emotionally and how that can get in the way of them forming secure attachments. Through this awareness and insight, parents can better regulate and manage their own emotions and those of their children, ultimately leading to more connected relationships. 


If needed, we can support this exploration with Brainspotting therapy. Brainspotting therapy offers a gentle, respectful and effective way to find and heal the traumas we carry in our nervous systems. Brainspotting can help nurture secure attachment by addressing attachment wounds and unresolved traumas stored within the brain and body. These experiences can influence our relationships with our children in ways we don’t realise at the time. Once healed, it can free up space to connect with our children in the present moment, we can see more of who our children are and share more of ourselves with them.


Neurofeedback therapy is a safe and effective way to work with trauma, anxiety, depression and neurodevelopmental conditions. It can help children and adults improve their attention, impulse control, emotional regulation, social adaptation and overall well-being. It uses real-time displays of brain activity to train individuals to self-regulate their brain function. It measures electrical activity in the brain and provides feedback through visual or auditory signals. I offer neurofeedback therapy because it is non-invasive and offers long-lasting results.

I listed my qualifications below.


Member of the British Psychological Society, 2006-currently

Educational Psychology, MSc, Vilnius University, Lithuania, 2002

Psychology, BSc, Vilnius University, Lithuania, 1999

I spent six years in full-time studies and graduated with my Master's Degree in Educational Psychology in 2002. I've learned a lot about what can compromise a child's development, how to recognise it and what we can do about it. It sparked my passion for learning about what we can do to support healthy development, which eventually led me to focusing on secure attachment in parent-child relationships.

Circle of Security Parenting

Registered Circle of Security Parenting Classroom Facilitator, 2023

Registered Circle of Security Parenting Facilitator, 2014

I trained as a Circle of Security Parenting facilitator in 2014, and it is still my primary tool for helping parents, caregivers, and teachers figure out how they can support their children. Circle of Security Parenting is an attachment-based parenting course that guides parents, caregivers, and teachers through a step-by-step process that strengthens the security of their relationship with their children. 


Certified Brainsptting therapist since 2021

Brainspotting Therapy Level 2, BSPUK, 2020

Brainspotting for Addictions, BSPUK, 2018

Brainspotting with Children, BSPUK, 2018

Brainspotting Therapy Level 1, BSPUK, 2016

Soon after I started facilitating Circle of Security Parenting courses, I noticed that even when we have the knowledge and a huge desire to be there for our children, our own trauma of unmet attachment needs can get in the way of connecting with our children and parenting how we really want to. Brainspotting is a gentle and effective way to locate and heal those traumas to help parents feel more present, relaxed and available when they are with their children.

Systemic Practice with Families and Couples

Postgraduate Certificate in Systemic Practice with Families and Couples, Institute of Family Therapy, 2022

Certificate in Applied Systemic Theory and Practice, Chiron Training, 2020

Two more years of postgraduate studies during which I explored how parent-child relationships are affected by broader context - the relationship between parents and wider family, cultural ideas, religion, race, socio-economic status, etc. It also helped me further develop my skills in working with individuals, couples, families and groups.

Neurofeedback therapy

TrueBearing Academy neurofeedback therapy training, 2023

MyndliftGo neurofeedback therapy training, 2023

I am forever curious to explore what else is possible and how we can nurture our relationships, deepen our sense of security and wellbeing. When I heard about neurofeedback therapy I decided to try it our for myself, to improve my energy levels and focus. I was so pleased with the results, I just could not not offer it to my clients as well. 

My role is to help you take the guesswork out of supporting your child and nurturing your family. To help you be there for your child without overparenting or burning out. I invite you to take the next step and book an initial consultation to explore how I can help you.

"Una provides strong support, gently and without judgement. This, coupled with her deep understanding of parenting and children, has helped me to unravel my thoughts and emotions, from which I have gained clarity and understanding that has helped me to parent with more ease and presence."

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