Allister Murdoch Reg. MBACP

Allister Murdoch Reg. MBACP

St Clair Street

EH1 Therapies
28 Forth Street

07821 731811

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St Clair Street

EH1 Therapies
28 Forth Street

07821 731811

About me

I provide a counselling and psychotherapy service for individual clients,18 years old and over.

Appointments are available in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Kirkcaldy.

I offer appointments Monday to Friday until 8pm and on a Saturday until 5pm.

I have been providing counselling since 2004 in both the voluntary and private sector. I opened this full time practice in 2007 when I returned to Scotland from London. I had previously had a part time practice in West London alongside a full time career in publishing.

I specialise in working with individual clients wanting therapy for:

  • Abuse (Childhood Sexual Abuse and Domestic Abuse)
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement and Loss
  • Depression
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Emotional impact of living with epilepsy
  • LGBTQIA+ issues
  • Men's Issues.
  • Personal Development
  • Relationship issues
  • Sexuality
  • Stress

As the number of men coming for counselling has increased I now attract a much higher percentage of clients who identify as male.

Counselling provides you the time, space and support from me to talk about whatever is feel is a problem for you and explore the choices available to you and I provide support to you in order to find a different way of life that works for you. Counselling is not an advice service.

I have extensive experience and training for working with clients of sexuality, gender and relationship style diversities from an affirmative perspective. I have provided training fro other therapists on working with LGBTQI+ clients.

I find that for counselling to be effective initially coming weekly is best. I am happy to discuss fortnightly sessions  if necessary. I work on a short term or long term open ended basis with clients.

I hold a PVG certificate from Disclosure Scotland.

"I underwent therapy for a number of long term difficulties with Allister, including anxiety, depression and relationship difficulties. Allister provided a safe, trusting environment where I could explore these issues.  Allister helped me make choices that lead to personal growth and long lasting change as I have become able to deal much better with my difficulties. A huge thank you to Allister ! I.M., Glasgow".

"Allister created a space where I could be myself and openly talk about anything. He gave me the tools and experience to help unlock the answers to my problems." ​ GD Edinburgh

"I saw Allister on a weekly basis for 6 months. He is very relatable, easy to get on with, and took great care to remember the details of my story. He listened carefully and spoke thoughtfully in each session, and his insights were extremely valuable in helping me on my way. I looked forward to the regular sessions each week, which became a steady cornerstone of my time in Edinburgh. I would highly recommend Allister to anyone considering professional help." EL Edinburgh

Training, qualifications & experience

Professional Qualifications
Graduate Diploma in Humanistic Psychotherapy from Spectrum Training,(London)
Post Graduate Certificate in Psychotherapy and a further 4 years at an on going Post Graduate Group.2004
Spectrum One Year Course in Psychotherapy. 2003
Practical Application of Intimate Relationship Skills (Pairs)
Spectrum Sexuality Programme. (London 1998 -2001)
Practical Application of Intimate Relationship Skills (PAIRS)
Childhood Sexual Abuse: Occurrence and Prevention
Anger Management
Reparent Intensive
Anger In The Therapy Room
Assertiveness Training
Bereavement Training (Cruse and Trinity Hospice)
Certificate in Counselling (Birkbeck College, UCL, London) 1998

Essentials in Gender And Sexual Diversity Therapy (Pink Therapy)
Working with sexual compulsivity in gay and bi men. (Pink Therapy)
Asexualities: intimacy and desires. Working with Chemsex. (Pink Therapy)
Understanding Kink & BDSM. (Pink Therapy}
Introduction to running therapeutic groups(Pink Therapy}

I am committed to further professional development (CPD) and supervision. I regularly attend conferences and training courses to enhance and add to my practice.

Voluntary Counselling/Helpline work.
Abused Men in Scotland Helpline(AMIS) January 2015 to December 2017
AMIS is a national organisation providing support to any man affected by domestic abuse.
Trinity Hospice (London) 2005 -
Safe Space (Dunfermline) 2007 - 2009 - For survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.     (I am listed in Edinburgh)
I am a founding member of the BACP Coaching Section.
I am listed in The Directory of Pink Therapists.

Lectures/Public Speaking
I have provided lectures/talks to both professional therapy bodies including The Scottish Association for Psychodynamic Counselling and at Strathclyde University.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Emotional impact of living with epilepsy.

+ Life Coaching

+BDSM/Kink Issues.
+Non monogomous and other relationships diversities.
+LGBTQIA and clients of all other gender and diverse sexualities.

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Full Price Individual sessions (50 minutes)    £45.00 per session.

Lower Cost Individual sessions (50 minutes)  £35.00 per session.

Lower Cost sessions are available to anyone who has an annual income of less than £20K per year.
I accept payment by cash or cheque at the end of each session.

Cancellation Policy.
When an appointment is cancelled within 24 hours of the booked appointment time my full fee will be charged.

Further information

Making an appointment.
Bookings must be made with me directly by the client. Please include a contact telephone number. I only make initial appointments by telephone. I do not make initial appointments solely by email, text or by any form of social media.

If you contact me regarding an appointment I will call you within 24 hours, Sunday to Friday between 10am and 6pm.

If you do not to answer my call I will call you and leave a voicemail.
​I will not keep calling you.

Maps & Directions

Kirkcaldy, KY1 2NW
Edinburgh, EH1 3LH

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None



Monday & Friday


Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday



Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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