Alastair (Ally) Lucas - Masters in Counselling, MBACP (Accredited)
* Coronavirus update - I am at present able to offer online and telephone counselling. New enquiries are welcome from anyone wishing to access this type of support *
Are your experiencing low mood or anxiety? Have you been bereaved and finding grieving difficult? Do you experience low confidence or relationship issues? Do you simply want to feel better?
Then counselling may be for you. It is a proven form of therapy that can help people make positive changes in their life. Ultimately it can help you to feel better about facing life's challenges.
I have worked as a counsellor for a number of years in a variety of settings, including charities and universities. I offer a confidential and professional service at a competitive rate.
Concessions are available for students and those who might struggle to pay the standard appointment fee.
Meeting me for a consultation is a non-obligatory opportunity to talk through the problem affecting you. You can then make an informed choice about whether to continue with counselling.
To arrange your consultation, simply call 07732 985928 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you.
Please note, I cannot work with people who are currently matriculated students at Abertay Univeristy in Dunde due to potential conflicts of interest.
Training, qualifications & experience
My Qualifications and Training
I obtained my Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling from the University of Abertay in 2011, and went on to complete a Masters in Counselling. In February 2021 I gained an ACTO (Association for Counselling & Therapy Online)-accredited certificate in online and telephone counselling.
Professional development has seen me undertake further training. This has included applied suicide intervention skills, mental health first aid, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for anxiety, depression and obsessive compulsive disorder and strategies for addressing procrastination and perfectionism.
Most of my experience has come in a setting offering time-limited counselling. As such I have helped people achieve good counselling outcomes in a short space of time. Hopefully this can translate into a saving for you. I place no limit on the number of sessions you can attend for however.
My Background and Experience
Since qualifying I have worked as a counsellor for the University of Dundee, Insight Counselling in Dundee, Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, the University of St Andrews and the University of Abertay.
My Masters research project was on the counselling experiences of people with specific learning difficulties such as dyspraxia and dyslexia. I have also organised and provided support services for people bereaved by suicide. My work in various organisations means I am experienced in providing support for people experiencing low mood & depression, anxiety, bereavement, low self-esteem, obsessive compulsive disorder, thoughts of self-harm and suicide and a host of other problems.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
My fee for an initial consultation meeting is £20. My standard fee for a 45-50 minute counselling session after this is £35. However I do offer a concessionary rate for students and those who would struggle to pay the £35 fee. This can be discussed further at your consultation meeting.
Concessions offered for
Tuesdays from 9am until 6pm; Wednesdays from 10am until 6pm; Thursdays 9am until 6pm
Please check my website at http://www.kingdomcounselling.co.uk/ for special offers that may be currently available.