Allister Murdoch Reg. MBACP

Allister Murdoch Reg. MBACP

EH1 Therapies
28 Forth Street

07821 731811

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EH1 Therapies
28 Forth Street

07821 731811

About me

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. As a private counsellor I can often arrange for you to have an initial appointment with me within a few days.

I have spaces available daytime and an a extremely limited amount in the evening.

I specialise in working with individual clients wanting therapy for:

  • 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 and gender 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.
Trinity Hospice (London) 2005 -
Safe Space (Dunfermline) 2007 - 2009 - For survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
Abused Men in Scotland Helpline(AMIS) 2015 - Abused Men in Scotland (AMIS) is a national organisation providing support to any man affected by domestic 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).

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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 people with an income of less than £20K per annum.
I accept payment by cash or cheque at the end of each session. Paypal payments can be accepted in advance via my website.

Further information

Making an appointment.
Please include a contact telephone number if you email me.
My phone is off when I am with clients. You may find that your call goes straight to voicemail please leave a message.
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 Saturday.

Additional Availability
I clients can also be seen in Glasgow City Centre

Maps & Directions

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 to Friday my first appointment is at 10am and my last is at 9pm.

Saturday between 10am - 6pm.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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