Short Term

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

The Short-Term service is open. 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 offer you an appointment.  Before applying for this service,  please check that NEECS offers counselling at a time you could attend. See below

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 held on the left hand side.  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.

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.

We offer counselling on

Mondays: 9am to last appointment 12.45pm;
Tuesdays: 9am to 4.30pm;
Wednesdays: 9am to 12.45pm;
Thursdays: 2.45pm to 6.45 pm;
Fridays:11.15am to 12.45pm.

Thursday evening sessions are the most heavily subscribed,  so there may be a lengthy wait for an appointment

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.