Allister Murdoch Reg. MBACP

Allister Murdoch Reg. MBACP

The Consulting Room
6th Floor
34 West George Street
G2 1DA

EH1 Therapies
28 Forth Street

07821 731811

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The Consulting Room
6th Floor
34 West George Street
G2 1DA

EH1 Therapies
28 Forth Street

07821 731811

About me

I have room for some new clients including on 3 evenings.

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 6pm. 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)
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Depression
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Emotional impact of living with epilepsy
  • Men's Issues.
  • Personal Development
  • Relationship issues
  • Sexuality
  • Stress

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

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)
Certificate in Counselling (Birkbeck College, UCL, London) 1998
Essentials in Gender And Sexual Diversity Therapy (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 Glasgow)
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

LGBTQ Issues

Emotional difficulties of Chemsex
(ChemSex is a common term used by gay men on sexual networking sites and smartphone Apps).

Photos & videos

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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.

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

Further information

Making an appointment.

I never make initial appointments by text or email only telephone, so please ensure that you include a telephone number if your enquiry.

Please include a contact telephone number if you email me. I will call you within 24 hours, Monday to Friday between 10am and 9pm, on a Sunday between 5pm and 9pm.
I do not reply to calls on a Saturday except with clients with pre-arranged appointments for that specific day.

I do not accept bookings from other family members, friends or work colleagues. I only accept new clients after I have had a brief conversation directly with the potential client.

Maps & Directions

Glasgow, G2 1DA
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 I work in Glasgow until 8pm.

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday I work in Edinburgh. Weekdays until 9pm. Saturday until 5pm.

I have spaces available this week

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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