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 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 after coming back to Scotland after 18 years in London.
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
- LGBTQIA+ issues
- Men's Issues.
- Personal Development
- Relationship issues
In a culture that can still expect people (particularly men) to 'just get on with it' I have grown and have a particular interest in supporting and providing a service that helps you to stop doing this and be emotionally healthy. Many of my clients are male and I encourage the growth in the number of men coming for counselling. It takes courage to go against what we have been taught.
Counselling provides 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 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
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 In The Therapy Room
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. 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
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Emotional impact of living with epilepsy.
+ Life Coaching
+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 start or end of each session.
When an appointment is cancelled within 24 hours 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. 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 8pm.
If you do not to answer my call I will call you and leave a voicemail. I will not keep calling you.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Appointments often available within a few days
Monday to Friday: I am available between 10am and 8pm.
Saturday: I am available in Edinburgh only between 10am and 5pm.
Types of client