Short Term

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

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.

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.

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

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

Wait List open. Please be aware we are unable to say how long you will have to wait but it is likely to be at least 10 weeks and may well be longer.

Before applying to join the waiting list please check your availability to attend counselling appointments matches NEECS ability to provide them. Currently NEECS can only 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)  The Thursday evening sessions are very heavily over subscribed and incur the longest wait for an appointment with NEECS. 

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 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 this service is suitable for you

The more flexible you can be within our ability to provide sessions, the sooner we hope to find you a counselling appointment.

If you require counselling beyond the above times please refer to the Directory to your left or email us via the get in touch link for a more extensive list of resources or consult website

When this wait list is open you may complete the self referral form, or you can refer yourself by calling us on (0131) 557 4478. If you are low on credit, please let us know and we can call you back.