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 offer appointments Monday to Friday until 9pm, dependant on location. On a Saturday appointments are available in Edinburgh until 5pm.
I have provided counselling since 2004. 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 (Current/Survivors)
- LGBTQIA+ issues
- Men's Issues.
- Relationship issues
I have extensive experience in working with men who feel awkward talking about their feelings or asking for help when it comes to mental health issues for a variety of reasons.It is not uncommon for more than 90% of my clients to identify as male. I have been in the clients seat in the past as well.
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 normally see clients on a weekly basis. However, I do offer a limited number of fortnightly appointments.
"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 Edinburg
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)
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}
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
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Emotional impact of living with epilepsy.
+Non monogomous and other relationships diversities.
+LGBTQIA and clients of all other gender and diverse sexualities.
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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/bank transfers can also be accepted by agreement. Paypal is 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 appointment.
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), Sunday to Friday between 10am and 8pm. If you do not answer my call I will either leave a voicemail or I will send you an email to let you know I have called.
I only make initial appointments after I have had a telephone conversation with the potential new client. This will normal last less than 5 minutes.
I never make initial appointments by email or text and I do not make any exceptions to this.
If you include a telephone number in your enquiry I will contact you by telephone rather than by email.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mon 11am - 8pm.
Tuesday 4pm - 8pm
Fri 11am - 7pm
Wed 10am to 5pm
Thurs 9am - 9pm.
Sat 10am- 5pm.
Types of client