Allister Murdoch Reg. MBACP - Counselling for Men

Allister Murdoch Reg. MBACP -  Counselling for Men

EH1 Therapies
28 Forth Street

The Consulting Rooms
The Connal Building
34 West George Street
G2 1DA

07821 731811 / 07821731811

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About me

I decided to run a counselling service specifically aimed at clients who identify as a man.  As a man coming for counselling with me you will be coming to work with a counsellor whose practice where the clients are other men.

It is recognised worldwide that men often feel unable to talk, stigmatised and admit when they have a problem. In Scotland suicide is now the biggest killer of men aged between 37-54 with a huge increase of men in there 20's.

I offer you the change to talk and be listened to.

In a recent survey by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy it was recognised that there is a growing number of men coming for counselling.

Men make over 95% of my clients at anyone time.

Talking with a trained professional counsellor in confidence can be extremely helpful in looking after yourself.

I offer you the change to talk and be listened to. You do not have to feel suicidal to have counselling.

I specialise in working with individual men wanting therapy for:

  • Abuse (Current/Survivors only)
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Depression
  • LGBTQIA+ issues
  • Relationship issues

In counselling and psychotherapy you can learn to:

  • Give yourself permission to talk about and experience your feelings.
  • Silence the critical script that goes on in your head.
  • Manage anxiety and stressful situations more effectively,
  • Understand and manage your depression.
  • Increase your sense of self-esteem, confidence and assertiveness.
  • Explore which parts of your life you don't find fulfilling and satisfying and to
  • Explore any changes you could make
  • Support you to choose and change the correct and healthier for you
  • Improve your relationships with your partner, family, friends and colleagues.
  • Become aware of the effect of past events and decrease the impact they have in the present today.
  • Acknowledge unhelpful habits and patterns in your life and create healthier ways.

I have over 15 years experience working as a counsellor. I starting counselling folk when I lived in London.  I opened this practice in 2007 when I returned to Scotland.

I integrate several Humanistic Therapy techniques from many methods of therapy. The most common ones I use are Gestalt therapy and Solution focused brief therapy for more information on these click on this link

I use a voicemail service due to the number of Scam and Sales calls that I receive.

If you want to make and appointment please leave a voicemail and I will return your call.


'Allister is an incredibly helpful, nice and understanding therapist to which I owe a lot for helping feel liberated from anxiety and paranoia that encircled me for a couple of years. Being a student and living away from home I felt isolated in a city I was not 100% familiar with but with the help of Allister I was able to embrace the feeling of anxiety and turn it into a positive feeling which allowed me discover my environment and myself as well.' NS (Oct 2019)

"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

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
Certificate in Counselling (Birkbeck College, UCL, London) 1998

Other Training

  • TA101 (Transactional Analysis)
  • Domestic Violence Training (Abused Men In Scotland)
  • Practical Application of Intimate Relationship Skills (Spectrum)
  • Anger Management (Spectrum)
  • Assertiveness Training (Spectrum)
  • Coaching for Counsellors (Rowan Consultancy, Perth)
  • Intimacy, Sex and Affairs (SAPC)
  • Group Work (Pink Therapy)
  • Plus various conferences throughout the year
  • Emotional impact of Living with epilepsy (Epilepsy Scotland)
  • Cruse Bereavement training
  • Trinity Hospice bereavement training
  • Plus various conferences throughout each year

Specialist Training for working with gender, sexual and relationship diversity clients.

  • Essentials in Gender And Sexual Diversity Therapy (Pink Therapy)
  • Working with Chemsex. (Pink Therapy).
  • Understanding Kink & BDSM (Pink Therapy)
  • Working with LGBTQI young People (BACP)
  • Working with partners of Trans-Identified People (BACP)
  • Asexualities: intimacy and desire (Pink Therapy)
  • I'm too sexy: understanding sexual compulsivity in gay and bisexual men (Pink Therapy).

Voluntary Work.

Trinity Hospice (London) 2005 -
Safe Space (Dunfermline) 2007 - 2009 - For survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

Abused Men in Scotland Helpline(AMIS) January 2015 to December 2017.

I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.     (I am listed in Edinburgh)
I was a founding member of the BACP Coaching Section.
I am listed in The Directory of Pink Therapists.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I having experience of working with men wanting to talk about the impact on them of

  • Abortion

  • Child loss

  • Infertility

  • Menopause

  • Pregnancy and birth

I am a Kink/BDSM aware therapist and have experience of working with clients wanting to talk with an accepting therapist.

I am Chemsex aware and with experience of working with clients with this issue.

I am sex worker friendly with experience of working with both male and female workers.

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All sessions with me cost £60.00.  Each session last for 50 minutes.

I accept payment by cash or Paypal via my website. (You do not have to a PayPal account to do this].

Further information

Making an initial appointment.

I use a voicemail service due to the number of Scam and Sales calls that I receive.

If you want to make and appointment please leave a voicemail and I will return your call.

I return calls, texts and reply to emails Sunday to Friday between 11am and 7pm.

I do not make initial appointments by email or text.

When I call you and don't get a reply I will leave a message when possible or send you an email to let you know that I have call.

Once I have replied to your phone call and left a message or sent an email I will wait for you to contact me again. I will not keep calling or emailing you.

It is really helpful when you call/email me to tell me whether you want to see me in Glasgow or Edinburgh.

Once we have agreed all of the details of your initial appointment I will email you a confirmation of the appointment. This will include a map showing the location of the premises.

I will attach a copy of my counselling agreement, a form for your contact details and a copy of my privacy statement. I ask that you complete these and bring them along as this saves time in your first session.

Maps & Directions

Edinburgh, EH1 3LH
Glasgow, G2 1DA

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No



Sunday 11-6pm.

Wed/Thursday 11-9pm.


Monday and Friday 12noon to 8pm.

Types of client

Older adults