Alastair (Ally) Lucas

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Masters in Counselling, MBACP (Accredited)
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St. Andrews, Fife, KY16 8NJ
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About me

Thank you for taking the time to read my profile. Counselling is a proven form of therapy that can help people make positive changes in their life. Perhaps we can meet in person or online to discuss how it can benefit you.

Since 2009 I have worked in further and higher education, successfully helping students address issues such as procrastination, anxiety and low mood. In private practice and the charitable sector, I have worked with people of all ages to address mental health issues. I have also managed support for people bereaved by suicide.

I have specialist knowledge in supporting students and people who are neurodiverse, as well as utilising cognitive behavioral therapy techniques to address anxiety.

Concessions are available for students, keyworkers and those on lower incomes.

Meeting me for a consultation is an opportunity to talk through the problem affecting you, so you can make an informed choice about whether to continue counselling.

I offer appointments via Zoom, telephone and in person at my office in St Andrews.

To arrange your consultation, simply call 07732 985928 or email 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. However, I place no limit on the number of sessions you can attend.

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, Perth College and the University of Abertay.

My Masters research project was on the counselling experiences of  neurodiverse people (conditions such as, ADHD 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.

Member organisations

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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£40.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Health Assured

Additional information

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

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Tuesdays 9am until 6pm, Wednesdays 9am until 6pm and Fridays 9am until 12pm.

Further information

Please visit my website at for more information.

Unit 3, Slotline House, Largo Road, St. Andrews, Fife, KY16 8NJ

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

PVG Scheme

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Alastair (Ally) Lucas
Alastair (Ally) Lucas