Alex. Arthur MA, CA, MLitt, PGDip, MBACP
I am a Person Centred Counsellor.
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.
Sometimes we know we need to talk, long before we know what it is that we need to talk about.
If you would like to meet, I do not charge for an assessment session.
The list of issues mentioned below is not exclusive. Please get in touch if you want to discuss something that doesn't appear on it!
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|
I offer both daytime and evening appointments.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|