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 8pm Monday to Friday and on a Saturday until 5pm. 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 both daytime and evening this week. (W/C 19th September)

With nearly 10 years experience I now specialise in working with a small range of issues. This has helped me to develop my knowledge and the tools that I use to help work with my clients on specific topics

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

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.(Counselling for LGBTQ+).

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.
I may make suggestions, it does not mean that I will be tell you what to do or fix you, I am not an advice service. The choice you make is your responsibility. he first choice to make a change is to decide to contact me.
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.

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).

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 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.

My fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Any changes take place in September of each year. Advance notice is given to clients.

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.

I only accept new clients after I have had a brief conversation directly with you (the client),not a family member, friend or work colleague.
I never make initial appointments by email, text or via any form of social media and make no exceptions to this. I understand that telephone may not be some peoples preferred way of contact. It ensures that I am the right therapist for you to meet and for safety reasons.

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



Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10am - 8pm

Saturday 10am - 5pm.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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