Hello, I'm Alastair (or Ally for short) and I am a trained and accredited counsellor working in Dundee and St Andrews. Perhaps we can meet for a consultation.
I grew up in Fife and attended school in St Andrews. Dundee was my home after studying English at the University of Dundee.
My interest in counselling stems from my affinity for working with people. It is challenging but rewarding work to help someone make improvements in their life. I believe, as research findings show, that most people feel and function better as a result of counselling.
My professional background has involved developing support services and volunteer projects in the charitable sector. I trained as a counsellor at Abertay University in Dundee in 2009.
Since then I have worked as a counsellor at the University of Dundee, Insight Counselling in Dundee, the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, the University of St Andrews and Abertay University.
In 2013 I completed a Masters research project on the counselling experiences of people with a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia and dyspraxia. I also have experience of running a support service for people bereaved by suicide.
My work is regulated by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I am an accredited member and I practise in accordance with its ethical framework.
Adhering to BACP regulation means I am committed to ongoing professional training and development. It also ensures that my work is professionally and confidentially supervised.