Counselling

On this page you will find information about our counselling service as well as practical information about how to refer and what to expect when you come along.

If you are LGBT or questioning your sexual or gender identity you can self-refer to the counselling service by clicking on this link or calling us on 0131 523 1100. This service is confidential. We are based in central Edinburgh and offer appointments both during the day and in the evening from Monday to Friday. If you are a health professional you can refer a client using the same form or by calling us on the same number.

WHY SEE A COUNSELLOR?

Talking with someone who is trained to listen and support can help you to understand more about what you are experiencing and in that way give you the opportunity to identify choices that you have about how you want to live your life. Counselling can help with a whole range of issues, including:

  • relationship difficulties
  • gender or sexual identity issues
  • self-confidence and self-esteem
  • abuse
  • coming out
  • depression and anxiety
  • sexual issues
  • isolation

Our counsellors are volunteers who are either qualified or in the final stages of their training with accredited institutions. LGBT Health and Wellbeing provides ongoing professional supervision to all our counsellors and all adhere to BACP ethical standards and Code of Practice.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

Private counselling in Edinburgh costs around £45 per session. Our service is supported by donations so although you will never be turned away if you are unable to pay, we ask all of our clients to make a donation at each session according to their ability to do so. All donations come directly into the counselling service and we are members of the Gift Aid scheme.

HOW DO I GET STARTED?

The first thing to do is to complete and send us a referral form or to give us a call. You will then be invited to attend an initial appointment with the counselling coordinator. This will happen within two to four weeks. The meeting will last about an hour and will give you the opportunity to:

  • find out about what the service can offer you
  • tell us more about what brings you to the service at this time
  • discuss together whether counselling feels right for you
  • talk through any donation you may be able to make for your counselling sessions
  • talk about your availability for a weekly session

If together we agree that counselling is right for you at this time then you will be placed on our waiting list for a regular weekly session at a time to which you can commit. It may take between four and eight weeks to find a suitable session. The more flexible you can be in terms of your availability, the quicker we are likely to find you a slot. When you begin you will have 11 consecutive weekly sessions of 50 minutes.

If you have any further questions or need any more information please contact the counselling coordinator, Claire Black, at claire@lgbthealth.org.uk or call us on 0131 523 1100.