Counselling offers you a safe place to come and talk.  The counsellor helps you explore and understand your feelings and difficulties without judging you. They listen and support you to make your own decisions, so you can begin to make changes to move towards feeling and coping better.  

NEECS has trained counsellors experienced in working with clients on many issues affecting mental well-being, for example:

  • Feelings of anxiety, depression, anger
  • Feelings of worthlessness and loneliness
  • Difficulties with relationships, family and parenting
  • Difficulties following a loss, bereavement or change
  • Upset about things from the past
  • Struggling with difficult issues/circumstances, which may put you at risk of harm
  • Living with long-term mental health issues yourself, or as a carer

The NEECS Code of Practice follows the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Ethical Framework.  NEECS is an organisational member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy and the Confederation of Scottish Counselling Agencies.  (For further information, please follow the links to COSCA and BACP).

  • Before applying to join a service waiting list, please check your availbility to attend, matches when NEECS offers appointments.

  • Please refer to the homepage for session availability.

  • We are unable to advise how long you will have to wait for an initial appointment with us, however be assured we will do so as soon as we can. 

  • Once you have attended your initial assessment your following counselling appointments will be at the same time and on the same day each week, (we offer weekly sessions only) and each session lasts for up to an hour.

  • If you require counselling outside of times we offer it, please Other Sources of Help on the home page.

NEECS runs on limited grants, and was developed to provide a professional service for people who may not be able to meet the cost of private therapy services.  Sessions can be free of charge, or clients may contribute voluntarily towards the cost.  Clients can discuss this at their initial appointment.

If you wish more information on the contributions policy please email us by clicking the contact us link

By providing details on your self-referral form, we consider this as confirmation you agree to us using your details to provide you with the service requested. NEECS will only ever use your details for this purpose alone.  All NEECS staff comply with NEECS Confidentiality Requirements.