I feel calmer and more settled but I am still having bad days.

A support in a difficult time. Being able to increase my awareness of myself and understand my behaviour better.

The counsellor was very supportive and helpful.

Being able to talk about my issues in a safe non-judgemental environment.


Counselling for people age 16 to 25, who are struggling with issues and circumstances which may put them at risk of harm.

Many things can affect your mental wellbeing, for example difficulties with relationships, family, studies, the death of someone close to you, not having a job or sense of purpose to your life.

Trying to cope with feelings such as depression and anxiety can be overwhelming, leading to self-harm, other kinds of risky behaviour and perhaps having thoughts of ending your life.

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

This service offers an initial assessment appointment followed by 8 counselling sessions, which will be on the same day and the same time each week, lasting up to an hour. The length of time you will have to wait for counselling depends on our waiting list and on your availability. As soon as we can offer you an appointment we will be in touch.

This service currently offers appointments on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings only.  If you require counselling beyond these times, refer to our Directory to the left, or email us via the Get In Touch link. If aged 16-21, you may wish to consider The Junction, www.the-junction.org  0131553 0570 as a freesource to refer to.

To refer please complete our self-referral form, to the right. By providing NEECS with the requested details you are confirming you agree to NEECS using them to provide you with the service requested. NEECS will only ever use your details for this purpose.  All NEECS staff comply with NEECS confidentiality requirements.  

We aim to offer you an initial appointment as soon as we can, at which time you can discuss your situation, think about whether counselling is for you and decide on your next step with the help of an experienced counsellor. If you need to call us we are on  (0131) 557 4478. If you are low on credit, let us know as we can call you back. 


NEECS is not able to provide an immediate service.  The following can help when urgent help is required (also see under Directory):

  • The Edinburgh Crisis Centre 0808 801 0414 (free from landlines) text 0797 442 9075
  • Breathing Space 0800 838587
  • Samaritans (0131) 221 9999  or email:  jo@samaritans.org
  • Your GP