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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 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



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

Normal service details...

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 both you and 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 about 50 minutes. 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.

What is Couple Counselling?

Our relationships are what matter most to us. Our counselling support enables couples in close relationships express and explore difficult thoughts and emotions safely, to understand each other’s experiences and views, to appreciate each other’s needs, to build on individual strengths as a couple and make useful changes in their relationships and their lives.

Who do we help?

Whoever come to us as a couple. In our sessions we can meet with whoever is important to you as a couple and want to include in your counselling sessions and journey. We see individuals, other couples, children of all ages, grandparents, siblings, adult children with their parents, looked after children, aunties, uncles, friends, carers, and other professionals.

What do we do?

In a session lasting about an hour a professional couple counsellor therapist 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. meets with you and those close to you that you wish to bring into the sessions. 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.

Problems we can help you with Research shows couple counselling is useful for a wide range of difficulties and experiences:

• Relationship problems
• Communication issues
• Parenting issues
• Mental health problems
• Physical Illness and disability
• Separation, divorce and step family life
• Fostering, adoption, kinship care
• Death of a family member

Above are just a few examples of how we can help you as a couple.

How much time will it take?

Sometimes it doesn’t take much to help a couple free up their strengths and sometimes difficulties are more 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 couple.

How do I make an appointment?

Couples 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 £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 not turn you away.

Sometimes through getting to know you as a couple we identify and agree that individuaL as well as couple counselling would be useful and we would be happy to provide this.

Sometimes family therapy is also recognised as useful to your needs. If we do identify this, at our Wednesday family therapy clinic 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.


Everyone who works at Bright Light is bound by a code of confidentiality and will not give your name or any information about you to anyone outside Bright Light without your permission. The only time we would break this code is if a child is at risk or we believe an adult is at risk of serious harm or where we are legally obliged to do so.


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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This record was last modified on: 18 August 2020