Alastair (Ally) Lucas
Masters in Counselling, MBACP (Accredited)
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* 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.
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)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
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
Concessions offered for
My fee for an initial consultation meeting is £20. My standard fee for a 45-50 minute counselling session after this is £40. However I do offer a concessionary rate for students and those who would struggle to pay the £40 fee. This can be discussed further at your consultation meeting.
When I work
Thursdays 9am until 6pm and Fridays 9am until 5pm.
Please check my website at http://www.kingdomcounselling.co.uk/ for special offers that may be currently available.