Counselling

What is counselling?

Counselling provides you with a safe place to talk.
During difficult times, talking through thoughts and feelings can help to explore what can be done to turn things around. Counselling is a form of talking therapy and can help people to take greater control of their life and improve their confidence.

What happens in a counselling session?
An experienced Counsellor will work with you on an individual basis. The first appointment is an initial assessment, during which you will explore why you have come to counselling and find out what the Counsellor can offer you. The Counsellor will also complete a short assessment to understand how things are for you at that particular point in time.

If you and the Counsellor decide that counselling can be of help to you, further sessions will be arranged. Sessions are usually held at the same time and place each week.
What counselling services are on offer
provides specialist counselling for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Counselling sessions take place at our office in Edinburgh city centre.
Trauma Counselling Line Scotland (TCLS) provides free, confidential telephone counselling for adult survivors of any type of childhood trauma who are living in Scotland.
Craigmillar Counselling Service provides short term counselling for adults who are living in Craigmillar and feel in need of emotional support.

Our popular befriending services help people to take the first steps towards meeting new people, rediscovering old hobbies and developing new interests and connections. View our befriending leaflet here, rediscover offers 6 month matches with the flexibility to be extended up to a maximum of 12 months where appropriate. It is currently available to anyone feeling isolated due to experiencing mental ill health and living in Edinburgh, Midlothian or the Scottish Borders.

Are you over 65? We also have a project called Community Connecting which supports older people to find out what services, activities and groups are available in the local area. We provide one-to-one support for up to 4 months with one of our volunteers.

A volunteer will:

• Build the person’s confidence and self esteem
• Provide more opportunities for social contact
• Support them in building relationships with others
• Encourage them to take part in local activities or groups
• Help them to pick up old hobbies and interests and discover new ones

Our popular befriending services help people to take the first steps towards meeting new people, rediscovering old hobbies and developing new interests and connections. View our befriending leaflet here.

re:discover offers 6 month matches with the flexibility to be extended up to a maximum of 12 months where appropriate. It is currently available to anyone feeling isolated due to experiencing mental ill health and living in Edinburgh, Midlothian or the Scottish Borders.

Are you over 65? We also have a project called Community Connecting which supports older people to find out what services, activities and groups are available in the local area. We provide one-to-one support for up to 4 months with one of our volunteers.

A volunteer will:

• Build the person’s confidence and self esteem
• Provide more opportunities for social contact
• Support them in building relationships with others
• Encourage them to take part in local activities or groups
• Help them to pick up old hobbies and interests and discover new ones