Short Term

I found NEECS to be a great, friendly user-focused service & I’m appreciative of the accessibility to people on low incomes.

My counsellor’s method of explaining my delusions to me & teaching me how to recognise my paranoias and how to cope with them calmly.

It came at just the right time and saved me from having to use medication.

The service was good, but waiting time is too long. If someone has no other resources or is feeling very low, this can be extremely difficult to cope with.

The sessions helped me to look at things in a different way. Also it helped to release pressure out of my chest.

Felt like a private, secure space to explore issues outside of the mental health system.

I have been able to identify skills to help me deal with issues in my life.

I was feeling on a meltdown, now I feel I’m in a calmer state. It’s progress.

I've applied for long term counselling. I feel that I have just begun but I'm proud of progress so far.

This Waiting List is OPEN. The Short Term Service offers an initial assessment appointment followed by six counselling sessions, which will be on the same day at the same time each week, with each session lasting up to an hour.

At your initial Assessment appointment you will be given the opportunity to:

talk about what has brought you to counselling
to hear about what counselling could offer you
to decide together with your counsellor that counselling is suitable for you

Before applying to attend this service please check your availability to attend counselling matches NEECS' ability to provide appointments.  Unfortunately we are unable to confirm how long you will have to wait for an appointment. The more flexible you can be within our ability to provide sessions, the sooner we would hope to be able to offer you an appointment. 

Currently NEECS offer counselling on, Mondays (9am to last appointment 12.45pm) Tuesdays (9am to last appointment 4.30pm) Wednesdays (9am to last appointment 12.45pm), and Thursdays (2.45pm - last appointment 6.45 pm)  Thursday evening sessions are very heavily subscribed and incur the longest wait time for an appointment. 

Should  you require counselling outwith the above times, please refer to the Directory to your left or email us for a longer list of resources via the get in touch link. You may also consult 

Please complete the online referral form fully . You can also call us on (0131) 557 4478. If you are low on credit, please let us know and we can call you back. 

By providing NEECS with the requested details on our referral form/over the telephone you are confirming you agree to NEECS using these details to provide you with the service you have requested. NEECS will only use your details for this purpose alone. All NEECS staff fully abide by NEECS Confidentiality Requirements.