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

At times NEECS may have counsellors who are gaining the experience required in order to complete a recognised training.  You will be informed should you be offered an appointment with a trainee and you have the option of choosing to see a fully trained counsellor, if you prefer this.

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).

  • NEECS offers one to one counselling by appointment at the same time each week, each session lasting up to an hour.

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 are sent information about our contributions policy before their first appointment and then discuss with their counsellor what will suit their situation.  For more information on the contributions policy, please click on the link at the end of this section.