The EVOC Red Book

The online directory to find third sector Organisations, and their services across Edinburgh


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 professional counselling services moved to video Zoom Pro and phone support.

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

WHEN: 9am - 9pm but flexible


INTENDED SERVICE USERS; Older People, BME, LGBTQ, Carers, Adults

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

Normal service details...

All of our counsellors and therapists are trained to offer their specialist services to individuals as well as to couples. In individual therapy you will become more aware of yourself and able to recognise your own self worth, feel your self-esteem and be able to assert yourself and your needs within a healthy relationship.

What is Individual Counselling?

We have been providing a professional counselling service since 1947. We offer individual counselling - a safe and confidential space to share and explore experiences, often difficult feelings, to recognize what you are finding challenging. Together we will identify and build on your strengths, agree a practical plan to try and improve the things you are finding challenging, and help you develop strong resilient relationships - getting the most out of your life, your relationships with people who matter to you, and more able to cope now and in the future. We are not here to impose our values on anyone nor judge. We will not tell you how to live. We are here to walk with you and work together, to listen, to help you to listen and communicate with loved ones and others.

Who do we help?

We see people who value what they have, want to understand themselves better, share difficult thoughts/experiences often for the first time in a safe confidential space. It may be that they want to understand how they relate to others to get the most out of relationships and life. We help people who are thinking of staying together, separating, going through divorce or experiencing loss of a loved one. We support people where relationships have ended and they want to explore issues around making new relationships. We support positive parenting apart. We do not put people into boxes. Everyone’s experiences and challenges are different. Whether you are in a civil partnership, married, living together, in a less formal relationship, divorced, separated, bereaved. You may be disabled, a carer, someone experiencing mental and/or physical health issues or addictions that are impacting on your life and quality of family life. Our doors are open to you whatever your age, race, personal beliefs, sexual orientation, or social background. However you define your gender.

Problems we can help you with

• Understanding yourself better and identifying and achieving your goals.
• Communication problems.
• Parenting Issues.
• Mental health problems.
• Eating disorders.
• Addictive behaviour
• Physical Illness and disability
• Challenges you are experiencing as a carer
• Separation, divorce
• Death of a loved one
• Experience of immigration and issues faced as a refugee.

We will support you as an individual and whoever you think is important to you and should be part of the counselling journey.

What do we do?

We will invite you to a welcome meeting and identify your needs and goals and which of our services will best meet your needs. We will identify whether counselling sessions will be one to one or agree who else should be included in the counselling sessions. If you want others important to you to also be involved or prefer one to one only – whatever best meets your needs and will achieve your goals.

How much time will it take?

Sometimes it doesn’t take much to help a person, couple, or family free up their 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 your needs.

How do I make an appointment?

You can refer yourself or be referred by another agency. Just call and talk to us. Take that first step. 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 £60 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 never turn you away.

If we decide together that our family therapy service as well as individual counselling would help your needs then you may be invited to our Wednesday family therapy clinic where we use a team approach so that clients have the benefit 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.


As a not-for-profit agency Bright Light asks for a contribution to the cost of therapy. We will provide a sliding scale so that you are able to decide how much you can contribute to the wellbeing of the charity. If you have to cancel an appointment, please give us 48 hours’ notice.

Call us on 0131 556 1527. 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.
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9A Dundas Street, New Town

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This record was last modified on: 18 August 2020