Location: We offer a Counselling Service, which is conveniently situated near to the Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh, with frequent bus services and available (metered) parking close by. Most of the counselling rooms are on the ground floor.

Low Cost: Costs are kept to a minimum by using a number of Diploma counselling and psychotherapy trainees on placements, and by using relatively underused room-space at the Centre, mainly in weekday mornings.

Counsellors: The counsellors are all well-trained, in the final stages of their Diploma courses, and are externally supervised, as well as being line-managed within this service. Experienced counsellors are also available, if needed.

Security: All personnel have been appropriately vetted, are properly insured (as is the Centre), and appropriate fire, health & safety, & security checks have been undertaken. There are always other people present in the Centre.

Costs: There is an initial assessment session, which takes about 75 minutes (we can even allow up to an hour and a half, if necessary), and there is an initial referral charge of £50. Thereafter, we offer counselling at £25 per individual (50-minute) session; or £20 per session for a commitment to a course of five sessions or more.  The clients are responsible for paying the fees, at the time of the sessions.  Only cash, cheques or direct bank transfer are accepted: receipts are given.

Client Fee Scale:




Session 1:


Session 2:


Session 3:


Session 4:


Session 5:

£  0.00

Session 6:

£ 20.00

Session 7:


Session 8:




Once we are up and running properly, we will also be looking for external funding, so as to be able to offer a subsidy to special client groups.

Timing: The assessment session will usually be scheduled to take place within 2 weeks of the initial referral, and the client should meet with their assigned counsellor well within another 2 weeks after this. Subsequent sessions are usually scheduled at 2 - 3 week intervals, and thus a 'course' of 6 - 8 sessions may stretch over a few months.

Topics: The range of 'topics' suitable for counselling include:

Confidentiality: All client information and any counselling notes are kept confidentially within the service, and clients are given written information about the normal parameters to this confidentiality.

Support: There are various self-help booklets and printed handouts that are, either available for the clients and counsellors, or that can be sent to clients by e-mail. These help to support the client's process, add to the discussion in the sessions, and can help to reinforce the client, when at home, to help achieve their self-defined goals.

Medication: People who are on anti-depressant medication still often need some help to resolve their issues.  Counselling has shown to be especially effective in combination with such medication.  Counselling is often seen (by patients / clients) as a preferable alternative, or as an initial step.  Counselling can assist people who have been on anti-depressant medication for some time, helping them get to a position where they are ready to come off such medication.  The counselling service does not make any specific recommendations about medication, and clients are always advised to consult with their GP.

GP Referrals: As mentioned, we are open to, and welcome, GP referrals.  In the case of self-referrals, we suggest that people inform their GP that they are in receipt of counselling.

Assessment: Clients are given a standard 'assessment sheets' (CORE1), as part of their initial session, as well these being given again at completion, so as to be able to monitor their progress clearly effectively. Any additional support will be offered to their counsellor, where appropriate, or if circumstances change, or if there are any special issues 'flagged' up. At the end of the counselling, a short written report on their progress will be sent to the GP or referrer (where appropriate).

Contra-indications: Counselling is not suitable for: People with a mental illness or problems that affect their ability to make constructive relationships, concentrate, and attend regularly (examples include: severe depression, psychotic illness, etc.); People with severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); People who are currently engaged in extreme forms of self-destructive behaviour, prolonged substance abuse, alcohol abuse, or eating disorders; People with a history of violent behaviour.There are specialist services available for these people.

For any further information: please ring 07730-422800
or for a full document on Policies and Procedures click here.

1. CORE: Clinical Outcomes in Routine Evaluation:

How to find us:

The Salisbury Counsellor Service is situated in an attractive terraced building, situated off the Old Dalkeith Road, in the Priestfield area.
There is free on-road parking in this area after 11:00 on week-day.