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Only services that are currently available during COVID-19 are listed in the directory.

In line with Government advice, most groups and organisations in the city have had to take the unfortunate decision to suspend face to face and group work activities. Please telephone or email the contacts listed for the group or organisation if you are interested in their work to check what alternative arrangements might be available.

Covid-19 UPDATE...

Our Family Therapy service moved to video Zoom Pro and phone support

Plus posting different articles and videos on you-tube and website on issues to help with the loss of a loved one, help with surviving family relationships 24/7 (no matter how much you love each other, keeping safe).

WHEN: 9:00am - 9:00pm but flexible



INTENDED SERVICE USERS: Children, Young People, Families

TYPE(S) OF SUPPORT: Reducing Social Isolation, Crisis Support

Normal service details...

What is Family Therapy?

Our relationships are what matter most to us. Family therapy helps people in close relationships help each other. We will support family members to share and explore difficult thoughts and emotions safely and in confidence. We can help you to understand each others experiences and views, to appreciate each others needs, to build on family strengths and to make useful challenges in your relationships and your lives - as individuals and as a family. We will help you overcome issues and challenges, build your confidence and resilience as a family unit, and develop your capacity to overcome future challenges.

We can help you and your family with (for example):

- Family communication problems
- Child and adolescent behaviour difficulties
- Parenting issues
- Addiction issues
- Mental health problems of any family member
- Gender issues
- Eating disorders
- Depression and self harming
- Couple relationship difficulties
- Physical illness and disability
- Intellectual disability
- Separation, divorce, and step family life
- Fostering, adoption, kinship care
- Death of a family member
- Immigration and issues faced by refugee families

Who do we help?

We recognise that family can mean different things to different people. In our sessions we can meet with whoever is important to you. We see individuals, couples, children of all ages, grandparents, siblings, adult children with their parents, looked after children, aunties, uncles, friends, carers and other professionals.

How much time will it take?

Sometimes it doesn’t take much to help a family free up its strengths and sometimes difficulties are complex and it can take longer to find solutions that work. Sessions often start weekly or fortnightly and then reduce to monthly. We try to be flexible to suit each family.

How do I make an appointment?

Families can refer themselves or be referred by another agency. Just call and talk to us.

We will invite you to come in for a welcome meeting which will help us clarify your needs and goals. You will be asked to pay £29 to book this initial meeting. After that, sessions with our professional counsellors usually last an hour and we ask you for a contribution of £70 to help cover our costs. If you feel you can’t afford this, please speak to us in confidence and we can agree an affordable amount. We will not turn you away.

At our Wednesday family therapy clinic we use a team approach so that clients have the benefits of a number of views and ideas. In order to use the team to its full potential we work with a one way screen.This enables the other team members to observe the sessions from an adjoining room.The family then has an opportunity to swap places and observe the team as they share their ideas for ways forward. Most clients find this very valuable.

What do we do?

In a session lasting about an hour a family therapist meets with you and those close to you that you wish to bring. Our aim is not to take sides, blame, or provide simple answers.

Discussion may focus on present day problems, about who says and does what and when. Sometimes it is useful to talk about peoples’ past experiences and deeper values. We acknowledge the importance of people’s different beliefs, cultures, contexts and life experiences and bring these into our sessions.

Sessions involving children will often involve drawing and playing. We try to work with a colleague or a team when we can in order to be more effective in finding ways forward with families.


Your first meeting costs £29 and is a welcome meeting where we talk with you and agree what help we can offer. Thereafter you will be asked to pay £70 per session, please ask about costs at your welcome meeting if you feel you might struggle to meet the full £70 charge.

Bright Light is a charity and committed to offering our services for as low a cost as possible. We depend on grants and local fundraising and your contributions help us to provide Family Therapy to families throughout the Lothians. We continually look to reduce our costs to you, but charges can vary depending on the level of grant aid available. We will always try to help you if we can.

We value each person enquiring about our services and you can expect a warm professional welcome when you contact us. Visit our website for full details of all our services.
All ages
Days and Times
9A Dundas Street, New Town

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Contact Details
Contact Telephone: 0131 556 1527
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This record was last modified on: 18 August 2020