Allister Murdoch Reg. MBACP
28 Forth Street
The Consulting Rooms
The Connal Building
34 West George Street
I provide a counselling and psychotherapy service for individual clients, 18 years old and over. I offer appointments Monday to Friday until 9pm, dependant on location. On a Saturday appointments are available in Edinburgh until 5pm.
I have provided counselling since 2004. I opened this full time practice in 2007 after coming back to Scotland after 18 years in London.
I specialise in working with individual clients wanting therapy for:
- Bereavement and Loss
- Domestic Abuse
- Emotional impact of living with a lifelong illness
- LGBTQIA+ issues
- Men's Issues.
- Personal Development
- Relationship issues
I have a particular interest in working with men.
I provide you the time, space and support from me to talk about whatever you feel is a problem for you and explore the choices available to you. I provide support to you in order to find a different way of life that works for you.
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 LGBTQIA+ clients.
I normally see clients on a weekly basis. However, I do offer a limited number of fortnightly appointments.
"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
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)
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}
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 Edinburgh)
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
- Domestic violence
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Emotional impact of living with epilepsy.
+Non monogomous and other relationships diversities.
+LGBTQIA and clients of all other gender and diverse sexualities.
Full Price Individual sessions (50 minutes) £50.00 per session.
Lower Cost Individual sessions (50 minutes) £40.00 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 each session.
PayPal payments/bank transfers can also be accepted by agreement. Paypal is made via my website.
Cancellation and Non Attendance Policy.
When an appointment is cancelled within 24 hours of the booked appointment time my full fee will be charged. After your initial session, if you do not attend a booked appointment you will be charged my full fee. This must be paid before your next session.
Making an appointment.
If you include a telephone number in your enquiry I will contact you by telephone rather than by email.
My calls routinely go to voicemail, please ensure you leave a message. I do not return calls to missed call numbers.
When you leave a voicemail I will call you within 24 hours (normally much quicker), Sunday to Friday between 10am and 8pm.
I am happy to answer enquiries from family members. friends, etc. I only book initial appointments after I have spoken directly with the person who wants to come and see me. There are no exceptions made to this.
If you do not answer my call I will either leave a voicemail or I will send you an email to let you know I have called. I will not keep calling you.
Christmas and New Year Holiday Opening Times 2017/18
22nd December 11am - 8pm Glasgow.
23rd December 10am - 5pm Edinburgh.
Closed 24th December - 26th December 2017 inclusive.
27th December 11am - 5pm Glasgow ( 1 space left).
28th December Edinburgh (Full)
30th December 11am -5pm Edinburgh
Closed 31st December 2017 - 2nd January 2018 Inclusive
Reopen in usual venues and times from Wednesday 3rd January 2018
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mon 11am - 8pm.
Fri 11am - 7pm
Tues 4pm - 9pm.
Thurs 9am - 9pm.
Sat 10am - 5pm.
Types of client