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 in both Glasgow and Edinburgh city centres. I opened this full time practice in 2007. I had previous practiced in London before moving back to Scotland.
I specialise in working with individual clients wanting therapy for:
- Abuse (Current/Survivors)
- LGBTQIA+ issues
- Men's Issues.
- Relationship issues
I work with clients of all genders, sexualities, relationship styles, cultures,religious believes and none.
My practice has over the years developed into one that attracts a huge percentage of men as clients. Many feel awkward talking about their feelings or asking for help when it comes to mental health issues for a variety of reasons and I specialise in supporting them to feel okay to do so. I've been there myself.
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 for other therapists on working with LGBTQIA+ clients. I am sex positive. I am one of a very few male therapists in Scotland who has been accepted on The Directory of Pink Therapists
I normally see clients on a weekly basis. However, I do offer a limited number of fortnightly appointments.
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 https://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/humanistic.html
"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
Certificate in Counselling (Birkbeck College, UCL, London) 1998
TA101 Physis Edinburgh
Essentials in Gender And Sexual Diversity Therapy (Pink Therapy)
Working with Chemsex. (Pink Therapy)
Understanding Kink & BDSM. (Pink Therapy}
Voluntary Counselling/Helpline work.
Abused Men in Scotland Helpline(AMIS) January 2015 to December 2017 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
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Bipolar disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Emotional impact of living with epilepsy.
- Kink/BDSM aware therapist
- Chemsex aware therapist
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I charge £50.00 per session. Each session last for up to 50 minutes.
I accept payment by cash or cheque at each session. PayPal payments can also be accepted by agreement in advance. PayPal payments are 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.
Making an initial appointment.
When you contact me please be sure to tell me whether you want to see me in Glasgow or Edinburgh my availability is different in each.
I only make initial appointments by telephone. I never make initial appointments by email, text or social media app. My calls routinely go to voicemail, please ensure you leave a message. When you leave a voicemail I will call you within 24 hours (normally much quicker).
I return calls Sunday to Friday between 10am and 8pm. If you do not answer my call I will leave a message on your voicemail if possible or I will send you an email to let you know I have called. I will not keep calling you.
If you include a telephone number in your enquiry I will contact you by telephone rather than by email.
In line with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), any personal information you send via this website, will only be used in order for me to contact you. Your personal details will not be retained for any other purpose, nor will they be shared with any other organisation. By contacting me you are agreeing to me holding your information for the purpose of contacting you only.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
There is no wheelchair access at either of the premises I use. Edinburgh. The office is accessed via an external set of stairs to this New Town office. Glasgow: Located on the 6th floor of the building. There is a lift once you enter the building.
Monday & Tuesday 11am - 9pm
Friday 11am - 7pm
Wednesday & Thursday 10am - 9pm
Sat/Sunday 11am - 5pm.
Types of client