Alex. Arthur MA, CA, MLitt, PGDip, MBACP
I am a Person Centred Counsellor.
I believe that by exploring our own internal landscape we can find a way to live in the world as we really are, to be more secure in our choices, and to relate to others in a way that is engaged and authentic.
It can help us to function in an increasingly chaotic and demanding social environment.
I don't think we can make these changes by following a set of instructions of by applying a specific theoretical framework. I think that we make them by allowing our own feelings and recollections to guide us towards a new way of being.
It can be hard to do this on our own.
Before training as a Counsellor, I had a long experience of pastoral support roles - student advising and union casework - in a Higher Education setting. I have also experienced the benefit of counselling during a crisis in my own life.
More broadly, I think I have discovered the creative potential of 'real conversation' in many contexts - personal interactions, academic seminars, union negotiations, administrative engagements, and therapeutic relationships.
If you would like to meet, I do not charge for an assessment session.
Training, qualifications & experience
MA (Philosophy) 1975
CA (Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland) 1981
MLitt (Philosophy) 1987
PG Diploma in Person Centred Counselling (Aberdeen) 2016
I worked as an accountant in the oil industry before joining the University of Aberdeen Business School in 1990. While working at the University I was a personal caseworker for the UCU (University and College Union), and also a student adviser.
I have had a long interest in mental health issues, and served on the Board of Mental Health Aberdeen for many years. I started my formal Counselling training on my retirement from the University in 2011.
My philosophical interests are mainly focused on language and meaning - the role of conversation in discovery and exploration.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I normally charge £50 for a one hour session with a single client. The initial (assessment) session is free.
I offer concessionary rates to students and to anyone in financial hardship. I do not believe that cost should be a barrier to accessing counselling.
I am happy to negotiate fees for group work.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
My counselling premises are on the ground floor, with good access from the street. There is a small, but negotiable, step at the front door - I can supply a ramp if necessary.
I offer both daytime and evening appointments.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|