Allister Murdoch Reg. MBACP
The Consulting Room
34 West George Street
28 Forth Street
I provide a counselling and psychotherapy service for individual clients,18 years old and over. I offer appointments until 9pm weekdays and on a Saturday until 5pm. This allows me to offer you appointments at times that are convenient for most people.
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 South Kensington alongside a full time career in publishing.
I specialise in working with individual clients wanting therapy for:
- Abuse (Childhood Sexual Abuse and Domestic Abuse)
- Bereavement and Loss
- Domestic Abuse
- Emotional impact of living with epilepsy
- Men's Issues.
- Personal Development
- Relationship issues
At your initial session you will have the chance to have a full 50 minute session at which you can talk about what has made you look for counselling/support. It will additionally give you the chance to decide if counselling is for you, whether I am the counsellor for you and ask any questions that you may have.
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.
My practice attracts a large number of men alongside women. The number of men coming for counselling is growing rapidly and I am proud to support it's growth. Clients of all genders, sexualities, faiths or none, cultures, nationalities are welcome..
I have extensive specialised training and experience working with clients of sexuality, gender and relationship style diversities from an affirmative perspective.
I am happy to discuss seeing clients on weekly or fortnight basis. I work on a short term or long term basis with clients. I work on a short term or long term 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
Training, qualifications & experience
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)
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. http://www.amis.org.uk/
Trinity Hospice (London) 2005 - http://www.trinityhospice.org.uk/
Safe Space (Dunfermline) 2007 - 2009 - http://www.safe-space.co.uk/ For survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. www.bacpregister.org.uk (I am listed in Glasgow)
I am a founding member of the BACP Coaching Section. www.bacpcoaching.co.uk
I am listed in The Directory of Pink Therapists. www.pinktherapy.com
I have provided lectures/talks to both professional therapy bodies including The Scottish Association for Psychodynamic Counselling www.sapc-counselling.com. and at Strathclyde University.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
Other areas of counselling I deal with
1. Counselling for and with Men
The number of men coming to counselling is growing rapidly. I have seen this in my own practice and the largest percentage of my clients identify as male.
Many reasons for coming for counselling can affect you regardless of gender, sexuality and relationship style.
However, there are some issues that are often seen as not affecting men emotionally that do. I have experience of working with male clients on issues that have include:
- Being the victim of Domestic Abuse
- Being the victim of Child Sexual Abuse
- Eating Disorders
- Pregnancy and birth
- Postnatal Depression
2. LGBTQ+ Issues
I have many years experience and specialised training working with clients of gender ,sexuality and relationship style diversities.
For more information on this see my entry on The Directory of Pink Therapy.
3.Emotional difficulties of Chemsex
(ChemSex is a common term used by gay men on sexual networking sites and smartphone Apps).
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Full cost Individual Face to Face sessions (50 minutes) £45.00 per session.
Lower Cost Individual Face to Face sessions (50minutes) £35.00 per session.
Lower cost sessions are available to low waged/pensioners (with an income of less than £20K per annum), full time students or unemployed. If you are unsure if you qualify please ask and we can discuss it.
I accept payment by cash or cheque at the end of each session. Paypal payments can be accepted in advance via my website.
When an appointment is cancelled within 24hours of the booked appointment time my full fee will be charged.
Making an appointment.
Bookings must be made with me directly by the client. Please include a contact telephone number. If you contact me regarding an appointment I will call you within 24 hours, Sunday to Friday between 10am and 9pm.
I do not make initial appointments solely by email, text or via any form of social media.
Please note that if you are unable to answer my call I will either leave a voicemail or send you an email to let you know I have called if I unable to leave a message. I will not keep calling you.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mon/Wed/Fri 10am - 8pm (last appt).
Tues/Wed/Thurs 10am - 9pm (last appt) Saturday until 5pm.
Appts available this week including evenings.
Types of client