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Telephone 0131 225 8092
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Introduction to Edinburgh Counselling Agencies List
The Edinburgh Counselling Agencies list exists to make the process of finding suitable counselling support easier and less stressful. It can help people find counselling appropriate to their needs, their locality as well as what they can afford. The list also highlights the likely time that someone might be expected to wait until they can be seen. It also lists a contact name at each respective agency. Please send us feedback about any information that is out of date, or any suggestions to make it more helpful.
|Agency Name||Contact Information||Speciality||Cost (£)||Disabled Access||Waiting List||Contact People|
|24hr Crisis Centre||Tel: 0808 8010414 text: 07974429075|
|A crisis centre for people aged 16 and over resident in Edinburgh|
|Adolescent Substance Use Service (ASUS)||Level 6 |
249 High Street
Tel: 0131 529 6700
|Supporting young people experiencing difficulties with drugs, alcohol or novel psychoactive substance use.|
18 or under in/from Edinburgh or East Lothian. Self-referral or by parent/friend/worker.
One-to-one counselling & support
|Free||Disabled Access can be arranged||None||Jayne Reed|
|Arkordia Counselling and Psychotherapy Service ||Based in South Side Centre|
Tel: 07496 155 038
|General counselling to assist individuals to explore and resolve whatever difficulties are being experienced||Negotiated Donations from £10 upwards per session to offer a service available to those on low incomes.||Not available at this address but can be negotiated and arranged elsewhere.||Yes, for appointments call the Tel No or email address indicated.||Quintus Farrell (Chairperson) Pauline McElroy (Administrator)|
|Birthlink Adoption Counselling Centre ||21 Castle Street|
Tel: 0131 225 6441
|After Adoption services.|
Counselling & "Birthlink", the Adoption Contact Register for Scotland
|Contact Reg. £20 If not on benefits £NIL If on benefits First counselling appt: £35/hr Court process: £35 Mediation: £50 Search of Public Records: £100 (Overseas £120)||Although we have no disabled access we are happy to make arrangements to meet elsewhere.||No waiting list for counselling. 3-4 month waiting list for search||Social Work Manager: Kate McDougall
|Bright Light||9a Dundas Street|
Tel: 0131 556 1527
Fax: 0131 558 9526
Family therapy, young people's therapy (4-18)
|Contributions negociable in line with Income.||Not at Dundas St.|
Access at: Livingston, Sighthill, Dalkeith, and Tranent
|Dependent on client availability||Reception
|CAMHS (Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service)||Royal Edinburgh Hospital|
Tel: 0131 537 6364
Fax: 0131 537 6102
|CAMHS provides psychological, medical and psychosocial assessment and treatment for children and young people with mental health problems. CAMHS aims to promote health and well-being and to prevent relapse by offering a range of individual, family and group approaches. CAMHS teams also offer professional consultation services.|
The Child and Adolescent Mental Health outpatient sector teams cover North Edinburgh(537 6364), South Edinburgh (536 0534), Midlothian and East Lothian and West Lothian) based on GP locality.
The five sector teams have different bases. CAMHS outpatient teams are multi-disciplinary health teams for children and young people up to the age of 18 Years.
Referrals usually come from general practitioners, health visitors, social workers or from schools GP.
(this service does not accept self-referral)
|Free||Yes||Possible waiting list||Reception|
|CoCo Counselling||140 Pleasance|
Edinburgh EH8 9RR
07724152557 / 07787000251
|We offer indoor and outdoor person-centred counselling to all clients over 16||We ask all clients for a regular contribution each session based on what they can afford||Rooms are located on the first floor, but access to a ground floor room via a ramp is sometimes available.||We do have a short waiting list, but are usually able to see clients for an initial appointment within a few weeks.||Kate Frazer and Shilpa Balaram|
|Contact Counselling ||Counsellors across the city of Edinburgh|
Tel: 0131 466 4597
Children and Young People's Counselling
Post Natal Depression Counselling
|Depending on income, from £25 - £35 per 60 minute session, Students and Trainee Counsellors £25||No||Fast Response Appointment within 7 days. Ongoing Counselling Immediate.||Roslin Brown
|Crew 2000 ||32 Cockburn Street,|
Tel: 0131 220 3404
|Free counselling for people 18+ concerned about their stimulant and other social drug use, for example cannabis, cocaine, ecstasy or amphetamines. Our counselling is person centred, which means that we work with what feels important to each individual client.||Free||No||Immediate assessment then 2-4 week waiting time ||Reception
|Crossreach Counselling: Lothians ||Wallace House|
3 Boswall Road
Tel: 0131 552 8901
|There’s no fixed charge for counselling, but we do ask for a weekly donation for your counselling at whatever level you can afford.||Call to arrange in advance||Initial Assessment within 2-3 weeks, possible wait of 2-6 weeks for ongoing counselling ||Margaret Dobie
|Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland ||Great Michael House|
14 Links Place
0845 600 2227 *
*5p per minute plus standard network charge
|Bereavement support for adults and young people||Contributions encouraged ||Yes||Dependent on waiting list ||Lynda Keay
|Dads Rock Free Counselling||WHALE Arts Agency, 30 Westburn Grove, Edinburgh, EH14 2SA Tel: 07542074165|
|Counselling service for mums, dads and other care givers||Free||Yes||No||Thomas Lynch|
|Edinburgh And Lothian Council on Alcohol ||6 Clifton Terrace|
Tel: 0131 337 8188
|One-to-one counselling for people concerned about their alcohol intake or another's use of alcohol.||Free. Donations welcomed. ||No. One flight of stairs.||4-6 weeks ||Reception|
|Edinburgh Council Social Care and Health||Website|
0131 200 2324
Monday to Thursday 8.30am-5pm
If someone needs urgent social care or you think an adult or child needs protection call Social Care Direct.
0131 200 2324
In the evening and at weekends or public holidays, you can call Emergency Social Work, free of charge from a landline. Your mobile phone provider may charge for 0800 calls.
0800 731 6969
|We assess a person’s needs to decide if we can offer care and support. We have to give priority to people who are at most risk.|
We use eligibility criteria. These let us work out how serious the risk is of you losing your independence if your needs are not met.
We will discuss what support you need if your safety and independence are at high risk. For example, you may be unable to carry out essential personal care tasks, such as bathing and dressing.
Where the risk is lower, we will give you information and advice. This will be the case if you are having some difficulties but can manage most aspects of daily living.
We will need to meet with you to discuss your needs. We will arrange to meet with you in your own home.
|Edinburgh Institute for Counselling and Psychotherapy ||EICP operates from various locations throughout the city: Leith, City Centre and Southside|
Tel: 0131 667 5251
|Individual and couple counselling.|
Counselling and Psychotherapy for individuals.
|No disabled access at present although two of our locations are on the ground floor with one step.||No waiting list. Fairly flexible appointment times (evening/weekend appointments possible)||EICP
|Edinburgh Women's Aid||4 Cheyne Street|
Tel: 0131 315 8110 / 0131 315 8111
|No Counselling but listening and Information Service||Free||Yes||Drop in Service and Helpline – details on our website Website||Helpline – 0131 315 8110|
|FENIKS Counselling, Personal Development and Support Services Ltd||151 London Road|
Phone: 07510 122 425
|Provides psychological support in|
Polish and English for Central Eastern European community in Edinburgh
|From £35 per session, couples £55|
For people who cannot afford it we ask from 0 to £15
|Yes||No waiting list for those able to pay £25 or more. There can be a waiting list for concessions/no fee||Magda Czarnecka Project Coordinator|
|Gingerbread Edinburgh & Lothian Project Ltd ||c/o Tollcross Primary School|
Tel: 0131 478 1391 / 07825 925 846
|Lone Parent Families.|
No counselling but listening and information service.
Can use local club if available for disabled access.
|None||Carol Anne Janice
|Health All Round ||24 Westfield Avenue|
Tel: 0131 337 1376
|Drop-in/self-referral for short term counselling.|
Gorgie/Dalry and wide surrounding area.
Registration for the service is during drop in times, 2-4pm on Mondays, 10am-2pm on Wednesdays and 12-2pm on Thursdays.
|Daytime Counselling & CBT|
Cost: Donation if on benefits, £10 per session if employed
Evening Counselling and CBT:
Cost: £25 per session
Fast-track counselling service:
Cost: £40 per session
|Yes||Daytime Counselling & CBT|
Waiting time is approx. 6 months.
Evening Counselling and CBT: Waiting time is approx. 4
Fast-track counselling service:
Waiting time about 2 weeks (when the service is open)
|Catriona Windle (Project co-ordinator)
Maysoon Sutherland for counselling/CBT services
|Health in Mind (previously known as the Edinburgh Association for Mental Health) ||40 Shandwick Place|
Information Line – 0131 243 0106 or
Tel: 0131 225 8508
Fax: 0131 220 0028
|Craigmillar counselling – this is a general counselling service for people living in Greater Craigmillar, who are finding life difficult to cope with and would like some emotional support. |
Trauma counselling – this is for people in Edinburgh who have experienced childhood sexual abuse.
Telephone Counselling Line Scotland – telephone counselling for adults anywhere in Scotland who have experienced any type of childhood abuse, including emotional abuse and childhood neglect.
Information service – signposting to help people find services, information, and activities to help them keep well
|Free; donations gratefully accepted. Ability to pay does not affect your eligibility||No, but alternative arrangements can be made.||Variable, depending on demand. no waiting list for Information Service||Lorraine Sorely for Counselling services, Flora Sharp for Information Service
|Health Opportunities Team||1a Queens Walk, Edinburgh, EH16 4EA|
0131 468 4600
|We offer One-to-One & Groupwork support to young people between the ages of 12 -25 affected by their own or parental substance misuse. Turn Around support is offered in clinics within schools and in community based settings.|
Health Opportunities Team are c:card registered & run free sexual health Drop-ins to young people between the ages of 13-18 in Gracemount at The Mansion(Thurs 7-9pm), at The Inch Community Sports Club (Wed 4:30-6:30pm), in Portobello Library (Wed 4:30-6:30pm) and in Craigmillar at the HOT Office, 1a Queen’s Walk (Thurs 3:45-6pm).
|Free||Yes||For some areas yes, please phone us to enquire.||Karen Sutherland, Office Manager|
|Hope Park Counselling centre ||8 Hope Park Square|
Tel: 0131 650 6696
|Individual Counselling for Adults in Edinburgh||Contribution £2- £30 per session and initial appointment ||None||Waiting times: Estimated 11 weeks for daytime appointments and 3 months for evening appointments||Practice managers: Jo Hilton and Patrick Joyce|
|LGBT Health & Wellbeing Counselling Service ||LGBT Health & Wellbeing|
9 Howe Street
Tel: 0131 523 1100
|One to one counselling/psychotherapy for LGBT people.|
Therapeutic workshops and group work.
|Free (Donations welcome) ||No||Currently Approx 3 months ||Claire Black|
2c New Mart Road,
Telephone: 0330 303 0302
|We are committed to positively supporting people to overcome the negative impacts on their lives of ill-health, poverty, inequality and isolation.|
We offer various types of support - it can be practical, emotional or it can facilitate personal development and community inclusion.
The types of support we can offer include:
help with practical tasks such as budgeting, shopping and cooking
help and advice with rent, benefits and utilities
support with some aspects of personal care
help with maintaining good physical and mental health
emotional support with issues such as low self-esteem or confidence
support to develop the skills needed to access a range of training, education, employment and volunteering opportunities
help to address drug, alcohol or gambling addictions
support to build relationships with others and participate in their communities
|Lothian Sexual Health, NHS Lothian||2A Chalmers Street|
Tel: 0131 536 1070
|Lothian Sexual Health provides reliable and straightforward information about sexual health & services for people in Lothian.|
You can access support, services and information on contraception, pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections (STI) and sexual problems.
You can find out more about the clinics provided in Chalmers Sexual Health Centre including the new drop-in service for under 19's Healthy Respect+
|Free||Walk -in (no appointment needed) If you have symptoms or you feel that the problem is urgent and can't wait, you may come to our walk-in clinic. Our walk-in clinic is open 8.30am-10.00am Monday - Friday (this is a very busy clinic that rapidly gets full. Later arrivals are interviewed by one of our nurses who will add urgent cases to the day's list. Patients with less significant problems may be asked to try again on another day). Are you Under 16? Drop-in clinic times - Monday to Thursday 8.30am - 7pm and Friday 8.30 - 3.30pm - Young People (only) drop-in - Friday 1-3pm ||Reception|
|Mental Health Assessment Service ||Royal Edinburgh Hospital|
Tel: 0131 537 6000
|Emergency mental health assessment service.||Free||Yes||24-hour service |
|Midlothian Young People’s Advice Service (MYPAS) ||Tolbooth Hall|
176 High Street
Tel: 0131 454 0757
Fax: 0131 454 0844
|Generic counselling and Art Therapy within Midlothian for young people ages 12-18; |
Self-referral or by agreement with young person.
|Free||Call to arrange in advance.||12-20 weeks All new referrals offered initial meeting within 2 weeks.||Dave Evans (Manager)
|North East Edinburgh Counselling Service ||31 Haddington Place|
Tel: 0131 557 4478
|Adults resident in North East Edinburgh area. |
General counselling service.
We also offer a service for 16-25 year olds at risk of harm.
|Sessions provided by individually agreed voluntary contribution or free of charge as required||No. We are up a series of 6 outside steps.||Variable depending on which service chosen, also demand||Acting manager: Stewart Wilson|
|One Parent Families Scotland ||2 York Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3EP|
Tel: 0131 556 3899
Helpline for single parents in Scotland, providing free advice, information and support.
Freephone: 0808 801 0323
|We offer a free Counselling service for single parents in Edinburgh. At the moment this is available only on Fridays. To inquire, please, contact our main line.||Free||N/A||None||Eleni MacLean
Counselling Services Support Worker
|Open Secret||Main office: 98 Thornhill Road, Falkirk, FK2 7AB|
01324 630 100
|One-to-one counselling for adult (18+) survivors of childhood abuse/trauma, including sexual abuse, physical abuse and neglect.||Free||Dependent on venue, but able to accommodate||Variable, depending on demand. Currently 2-3 months estimated||Administration team|
|PF Counselling Service ||8 Balcarres Street,|
Tel: 0131 447 0876
Individuals over the age of 18.
|No set fee. Contribution negotiated and encouraged based on what client genuinely can afford.||Yes||Yes||Reception|
|PF Young Adults Service||8 Balcarres Street,|
Tel: 0131 447 0876
|Short term counselling (12-24 weeks) for young adults aged 18-25 SATURDAY ONLY||No set fee.|
Contribution negotiated and encouraged based on what client genuinely can afford.
|Pilton Community Health Project |
|73 Boswall Parkway|
Tel: 0131 551 1671
|Adult Counselling Service|
Adults from 16 years upwards.
Art Therapy Service
Adults from 16 years upwards
This service covers the Small North area within NW Edinburgh.
Adult Fast Track Service
We have a fast response fee paying service which is independent of the core Adult Counselling Service. This service costs £35 per session.
|Adult Counselling Service|
FREE although donation gladly accepted
Art Therapy Service
FREE although donation gladly accepted
Fast Track Service
£35 per session
|Yes||Contact Pilton Community Health Project for approximate waiting list times as is variable||Vicki-Lee Fyfe
|Postnatal Depression Services ||Main Office:|
3 Boswell Road
PND Centres also at:
Palmerston Place, East Edinburgh
Tel: 0131 538 7288
Fax: 0131 552 2319
|Counselling & support for families with a baby under 2 years of age where a parent suffers from Postnatal Depression.|
Individual, Group & Couples Counselling.
With crèche facilities at all locations
|Sliding scale with £10 min charge. NB. No one will be turned away due to inability to contribute.||Yes||Initial assessment, usually within 2 weeks. Group places frequently available. Waiting List for individual counselling, 6-8 weeks depending on requirement. ||Tessa Haring
|Pregnancy Counselling & Care (Scotland)||24a Haddington Place, Edinburgh, EH7 4AF|
Telephone - 0131 557 2060
Email - email@example.com
|One-to-one counselling for issues relating to pregnancy or early parenthood, including miscarriage, stillbirth, infertility, termination, perinatal anxiety and depression. ||Free (donations welcome)||No||Between 2 and 8 weeks||Alice Dickson|
|Saheliya||125 McDonald Road,|
Tel: 556 9302
Fax: 0131 476 8429
|Individual Counselling and Art Therapy for Black and Minority Ethnic girls/women aged 12 plus in different BME languages. Free Crèche||Free. Donations welcome.||Yes||Variable, depending on demand.||Keiko Ota
|Samaritans||Tel: 116 123 |
Call us free from any phone, day or night, 365 days a year
25 Torphichen St
Response time 24 hours
|It can be helpful to call ahead and arrange a time to come in. Check opening times via the website.||Free||Yes||None|
|Simpson House Counselling and Recovery Service ||52 Queen Street |
Tel: 225 6028/ 225 1054
|Drug addiction and trauma; anxiety, childhood sexual abuse, PTSD.|
Recovery appointments use CBT tools to help clients explore issues and develop skills in their recovery. This is typically 6 sessions, one per week.
- Self Referral
- Donation Based
Counselling is open-ended, there is no set limit on the number of sessions offered. This part of the service is split into to sections; Donation Based and Fast Track.
- Self Referral
- Donation Based
- Fast Track available
Group: Managing Anxiety Using Self Compassion - a course designed to help you learn more about anxiety and find coping tools to build confidence and resilience.
- Tuesdays 10:45 - 12:30
- 6 weeks
- Contact: Liz Forrester & Paul Nicholson - 0131 225 6028
Group: A Life Worth Living - a group for people who are learning to survive but also want a life worth living.
- Thursdays 10:45 - 12:30
- Contact: Liz Forrester & Paul Nicholson - 0131 225 6028
Criteria: living in Edinburgh, affected by their own or someone else's past or present drug use.
Criteria: £45 per session.
- Is not specific to addiction and recovery - but we can see anyone.
- Specialising in issues like; anxiety, childhood sexual abuse, PTSD, trauma.
- Appointment offered within 2 weeks of referral.
|Yes. Must be arranged in advance||Self-referrals only. There is a waiting list that varies in length, please contact for latest timescales.||Ask for any project worker or counsellor.
|Simpson House Sunflower Garden||52 Queen Street |
Tel: 225 6028/ 220 2488
|Sunflower Garden supports children/young people aged 5-18. It's a service for children/young people in Edinburgh who are affected by their drug and/or alcohol in their families.|
Family Outreach Service
- in partnership with Circle Harbour Project to provide support across Edinburgh for families affected by drug/alcohol use.
- Sunflower provides 1:1 therapeutic support to children/young people on an outreach basis, usually in school.
Individual Counselling & Art Therapy
Counselling based at Simpson House.
- for those affected by alcohol use in their families
- generally held on Monday afternoons
|Free||Yes. Must be arranged in advance||For all referrals - we accept them directly on 0131 220 2488.|
The referral forms are also available on the website.
|Ask for any project worker or counsellor.
|TalkTime Scotland ||Norton Park Conference Centre Albion Rd |
Edinburgh EH7 5QY
Tel: 07774 210104
|We offer free one-to-one professional counselling either face-to-face or over Skype to young people aged 12-25 in Scotland with physical impairments or long-term health conditions.||Free, donations welcome ||Yes||We generally have 2 weeks' waiting time for new referrals. We accept referrals from all sources including self-referral.||Seonaid Cooke
|Tara Trust Edinburgh ||12 Marchhall Crescent|
Tel: 0131 667 3723
|General Counselling/Stress Management/Tara Rokpa Psychotherapy - Individual and Groups||Charges vary according to the counsellor||No waiting list ||Lesley Hammond
|The Health Agency||Wester Hailes Healthy Living Centre|
30 Harvesters Way
Anyone wishing to access counselling should call the reception on 0131 453 9400 and ask to be put on the counselling waiting list.
Email: For further information, email FionaP@thehealthagency.org.uk
|Person-Centred Counselling - 12 weekly sessions. |
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - 16 weekly sessions.
Accessible to individuals aged 16 years upwards living in Wester Hailes and neighbouring areas.
|Free||Yes||Yes. One to one crisis intervention available if needed prior to counselling.||Fiona Partington|
|The Junction ||82-86 Great Junction Street|
Tel: 0131 553 0570
|Counselling for Young People aged 12-21 living in Leith and NE Edinburgh.|
Drop ins, one-one support and alcohol support available.
|Free||Yes||Waiting list closed as of August 2019 due to high demand.||Reception|
|The Next Chapter||10 William Street|
0131 467 4044
|General counselling for people aged 16 and over to explore life’s challenges and address personal difficulties. Reduced fee counselling available for up to 26 sessions per person||Negotiated fees in line with income, starting at £10 per session||Ground floor counselling room available but no disabled WC||No waiting list for daytime full price counselling (£45-50 per session). Short waiting list for full price evening (5pm or later) sessions. Waiting list for reduced fee sessions (£10-30). Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information||Fiona Armstrong|
|The Spark||1st Floor, 3 Rutland Square, Edinburgh|
We have 15 centres across Scotland.
Appointments Telephone: 0808 802 0050
The Relationship Helpline: 0808 802 2088
|A well-established charity in Scotland delivering a range of relationship support, education and counselling services||£45 per session|
Cost is flexible based on couples/individuals financial circumstances, we make sure cost is never a barrier to counselling.
|No||We can generally accommodate clients in 1 – 2 weeks across all centres||Appointments Team|
|The Stafford Centre ||103 Broughton Street|
Tel: 557 0718
Fax: 478 7119
|Counselling service closed as of 2019. Drop-in centre for adults with mental health problems. |
Offers information, support, group and recreational activities.
|Free||Limited||Appointments by referral and self referral.||Reception|
|The Whole Works ||Jackson’s Close,|
209 Royal Mile,
Tel: 0131 225 8092
A variety of counselling approaches available.
One hour initial consultation to determine appropriate support.
|£35-£50; concessions available with some practitioners ||No.||Initial Consultation within the week. Possible waiting for first appointment.||Rob Ritchie
|Vocal||8-13 Johnstone Terrace|
Tel: 0131 622 6666
Fax: 0131 622 7621
|Counselling for carers in Edinburgh and across the Lothians.||Sessions provided by individually agreed voluntary contribution, or free of charge if income is very limited. ||Yes||Intake / assessment appointment within 2 weeks. Usually a waiting list for counselling of 2-3 months. ||Lorraine Mackenzie
|Wellspring||13 Smith's Place|
Tel: 0131 553 6660
|Psychotherapy for individuals and families.||Fees negotiable by income level. Minimum £25. ||No access but sessions can be arranged at another venue.||As of August 2019, the waiting list for our core service (fees based on a sliding scale according to income) is now up to 14 weeks.||Agata Zdzieblowska and Gemma Bryant|