Couple Counselling Lothian
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Couple Counselling Lothian offers a range of services around relationship issues. Our counsellors are carefully selected and highly trained. They receive continuing support, professional development and supervision and have access to a range of professional consultants. In this way we maintain consistent high standards. Counsellors adhere to the ethical standards of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and COSCA (Confederation of Scottish Counselling Agencies). Sexual and Relationship Therapists adhere to the code of ethics of BASRT (British Association of Sexual and Relationship Therapists) and Family Therapists to the UK Counselling and Psychotherapists (UKCP).

As we offer a number of services, when you contact us, we ask you to complete a questionnaire so that we can recommend the right service for you.

The Services we offer are:

1. Relationship Counselling

Couple counselling offers you a chance to explore your feelings, fears and insecurities through talking, introspection, analysis and reflection and the counsellor works together with your partner to promote better understanding of your relationship and the outcome you both wish to achieve whether it is to stay together, separate or divorce.

Counselling sessions are normally held once a week for an hour. You see the same counsellor at the same time each week and your counselling continues for as long as you and your counsellor feel it is beneficial.

2. Sexual and Relationship Therapy

Some people have specific sexual difficulties/dysfunctions and are referred to our Sexual and Relationship Therapists, who are trained to use cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to treat specific disorders. However, in order for Behavioural Therapy to be effective clients may need several sessions of relationship counselling to be able to understand the issues and their patterns of relating.

3. Family Therapy

Family Therapy is available for people of all ages with family concerns. Sometimes worries are to do with conflict, family breakdown, general parenting, stepfamily or extended family issues. Family Therapy interviews can be with one, some or all family members. Read Additional Information or View Leaflet

4. Young People Counselling

The 11-18@CCL counselling service is for young people who are worried about their parents' divorce, separation or conflict and/or maybe having difficulties with a step-parent.

Young people are particularly at risk when their parents are on the point of separating. In addition to feeling very unhappy, many children blame themselves for the break-up, and strong feelings can be stirred up within the family. CCL believes that coping with parental conflict in adolescent years will help these young people to deal with their own relationship issues as adults.

The 11-18@CCL counselling sessions give young people the opportunity to talk to someone in confidence:
  • about the breakdown in their parents' relationship, and how the young people feel
  • about being unhappy or confused about a family relationship
  • about any problems they may have living in a new stepfamily
Service users - young people between the ages of 11 and 18 - can be referred by parents, teachers, GPs, social workers or family lawyers, or may self-refer.

Please contact us on if you would like further information or text us on 07982 064 179.

5. Telephone Counselling

If you are unable to access our offices because of disability, age or geographical location we offer a telephone counselling service.

6. Art Therapy

Couple Counselling Lothian offers Art Therapy for couples to work with a variety of art materials, creating images as a means of exploration, reflection and play. Working with art materials can help clients express themselves and begin to tell their own stories. Standing back from their images couples or individuals can find new ways of dealing with feelings by seeing things from a different perspective. Clients interested in working in this way should contact Couple Counselling Lothian in the usual way.

7. Restorative Practice

Restorative Practice is a service which works with couples where there are issues around alcohol and/ or anger within the couple relationship. Couples who are assessed as appropriate for this service will each see an individual counsellor with the intention that they will be seen as a couple at a later date.

Couple Counselling Lothian has received funding from East Lothian to set up a service for young people who are affected by domestic abuse. Please contact us on if you require additional information.

8. Group Courses - Surviving The Break Up/New Beginnings

Surviving the Break Up, is a course designed to help those who are trying to cope with the stress of separation or divorce. The course runs for 5 consecutive weeks. Please contact our office for further information. New Beginnings is a follow up course for people who wish to move on after divorce or break-up.

Mens Groups - Men’s groups with a facilitator can be arranged subject to demand.

How much does it cost?

Although we receive grant aid from The City of Edinburgh Council and West Lothian Council this covers only around 15% of our annual expenditure.

To cover the balance of our costs, and to keep our service open to all, we are totally dependent on donations from our clients. Each counselling session cost us about £50 and wherever possible, this is what we would like our clients to give. Donations can be made by credit card, cheque (payable to Couple Counselling Lothian) or in cash.

As a charity Couple Counselling Lothian is able to reclaim the tax you have paid on your donations, increasing the value by 28% at no extra cost to you. If you are a UK tax payer all you have to do is complete a Gift Aid declaration form when you attend your appointment.

Alternatively, you may like to view (and print off) a copy of the Gift Aid Declaration Form. You can also download to your computer a PDF version of the Gift Aid Form. To access it you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader; if you do not have it you can download this program by clicking on this link to Adobe:

Click here to access the Adobe site to download Acrobat Reader

Some clients may not be in a position to donate the full £50 per session. We can provide a recommended sliding scale dependent on income. We will send you out a copy with the questionnaire.
Please be assured that the service you receive will not depend on the amount you donate.

Equal Opportunities

Couple Counselling is committed to a policy of equal opportunities in the provision of its services and employment practices. We offer a telephone counselling service for clients who find it difficult to come to our offices.

Couple Counselling Lothian
Edinburgh, EH3 6QG, Scotland