About David Archer

So, here's my story.

Read the following, get to know me a bit, and see for yourself if we can be a good fit.

Throughout the Montreal area I have worked and interned in social services, mental health clinics, and community centres. I started off interning in youth protection, worked in domestic violence, and saw diverse groups of people with mental health challenges.

I also spent several years working in the Native reserve of Kahnawake seeing individuals who had addictions and gambling issues. I also saw people who had issues with anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions.

I’ve seen a lot of suffering. It hasn’t been easy, but I wanted to make a difference. So I devoted my life to finding ways that I could help people. 

I am passionate about identity, culture, race, mindfulness, and intersectionalities in our social contexts. I also like to play indie PC video games, meditate, read books on esoteric topics, and I love making Hip Hop music. I like to have fun.

And, oh yeah, of course, humour, authenticity, and just being real with people is the extra icing on the cake 🙂

There is always hope to make a difference.

My model is humanistic and systemic. I believe that anyone is capable of exceeding expectations in a social system.
Our identity is unique but we can always change our minds, and see things from the right perspective.

Got any of these problems?

  • Relationship Problems
  • Stress Reduction
  • Anger Management
  • Social Anxiety
  • Quitting Cigarettes/ Marijuana Abuse
  • Relapse Prevention

If you, a loved one, or one of your children are concerned about these issues, continue reading and we can see if we could be a good fit. 

Already have these?

  • A desire to see a change
  • Appreciation for someone who can help
  • Willing to accept responsibility
  • Willingness to try new things
  • Understanding of the 90/10 principle
  • A decent support system of friends or family

Then we might be ready to work together.

Extra Stuff

The following lists some of my personal experience. I am qualified to provide interventions for diverse populations.
I use mindfulness and cognitive based interventions for emotion regulation and resolution of traumatic events.

Academic Experience
Bachelor of Arts: Specialization Psychology
Concordia University
2009
Master of Social Work Program
McGill University
2013
Master of Applied Science, Couple and Family Therapy
McGill University
2018
Certifications
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Ordre des Travailleurs Sociaux et des Thérapeutes Conjugaux et Familiaux du Québec
2013
Internationally Certified Clinical Addictions Counsellor
Certification from CACCF (Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation)
2015
Basic EMDR Trained Therapist
Basic Training for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Completed.
Certified Member of EMDR Canada and EMDR International Association.
2016
NLP Practitioner and Master Practitioner Training
Certified by iNLP Center
2017
Registered Social Worker - Psychotherapist
Permit Granted by Ordre des Psychologues
2018
Fees
Standard Fee
Fees depend on whether individual, couple, or family therapy. Standard for individuals: $130 / session. Please contact me for more details.
Sliding Scale
Reduced fees and flexible payment plans are available for those who are in financial distress / in need of assistance.

Are you covered by an insurance provider? Receipts for some therapeutic services can be reimbursed. I am registered as a Social Worker (OTSTCFQ) and Social Worker – Psychotherapist (OPQ).
If you’re a student or if money is an issue, reach out to me and we’ll talk.

What can I do for you?

There are a variety of different ways that I may be able to help you out. Here are some of the approaches we will be using.

Emotion Regulation

Need help with Anger Management, Stress Reduction, or Addictions (Relapse Prevention)?

I was trained to provide an individualized therapy called EMDR (Eye movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). This is a trauma informed therapeutic approach. .

It is helpful for people who have events in their past that they have a tough time getting over. These issues can range from bad breakups, job losses, or difficult childhood events. It is also helpful for day to day stresses relating to identity, racial, and societal stressors.

Mindfulness Meditation

Trouble with anxiety or getting your mind to relax?

Mindfulness relates to the awareness of events as they come to pass.

Meditation involves being able to sit in silence and observe these thoughts as they are.

The approach that I use involves being able to cultivate an awareness for difficulties as they arise, and find ways to be able to stay grounded during difficulties.

Meditation is a skill. Don’t worry, many people say they can’t meditate and that’s fine. We will work at it and you will see progress before you know it!

Couple and Family Therapy

We love our loved ones. But it ain’t always easy!

Many problems in life come up from interpersonal situations.. Some of our biggest problems happen when we get into conflicts with people who are closest to us.

Have a loved one that needs help? We will look at the relationship as a family system, and give a voice to everyone involved.

I work with both couples and families. I have experience working with interracial, intercultural, and non-conforming relationships. People of colour/LGBTQ2i+ relationships are very welcome.

Need advice?

If you would like to set up an appointment or request more information, please don’t hesitate to send me an email. I do the best I can to answer all of my emails within a couple of days.

Let's do our best, so you can feel your best.