Short Term

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Short Term Service is currently closed.

This service offers an initial assessment appointment followed by a further six counselling sessions, on the same day and time each week. We are unable to say how long you will have to wait for an appointment, but we will offer an appointment as soon as it is possible to do so. The more flexible you can be, the sooner we would hope to be able to offer you an appointment.  Before applying for a service,  please check the appointment times that we are able to offer (on the home page)  

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

  • Talk about what has brought you to counselling;
  • Hear about what counselling could offer you;
  • Decide, together with your counsellor, that counselling is suitable for you

Having checked you can attend when we are available,  complete the self-referral form to the right.  By providing NEECS with the requested details we consider this as confirmation you agree to us using them to provide you with the service you have requested. NEECS will only ever use your details for this purpose.  All NEECS staff comply with NEECS' Privacy/Confidentiality Requirements.

Thursday evening sessions are heavily oversubscribed. For a list of other helpful sources click the Directory link to your left or email us for a longer list of possible helpful sources using the Get In Touch link.

If you need to call us we can be reached on  (0131) 557 4478. If you are low on credit, let us know and we can call you back.