Adult Counselling

PCHP Counselling Service – Update (27 April 2020)

Our adult counselling service is open and offering weekly, short-term counselling, by phone or online on Mondays and Tuesdays.

If you would like to arrange an appointment with one of our counselling team, please contact or alternatively send a text to 07513379036 and someone will get back to you.

For further information on how this would work, please see this guide.

More services providing mental health support are listed in the section below.

Urgent Mental Health Support

Edinburgh Crisis Centre
Phone: 0808 801 0414
Text: 07974 429075

Phone: 116 123
Local branch: 0131 221 9999
24 hours a day, every day of the year

Phone: 0300 304 7000
Every day of the year from 1 pm – 11 pm
Support and information for anyone coping with or caring for someone with mental health issues.

Breathing Space
Phone: 0800 83 85 87
Every day of the year from 6 pm – 2 am
A service originally aimed mainly at young men, but now for anyone experiencing low mood or depression.

Hopeline UK
Phone: 0800 068 4141
Support for anyone aged under 35 years old and experiencing thoughts of suicide or anyone concerned that a young person may be experiencing thoughts of suicide.

Text: 85258
Shout is volunteer-run and is the UK’s first 24/7 crises text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere.


For people experiencing a mental health crisis, contact:

  • your doctor or their out-of-hours service
  • the Mental Health Assessment Service (for people experiencing a mental health crisis): 24/7 service at Royal Edinburgh Hospital, and 5 pm – 8 am Mon to Thur, 5 pm – 8 am Fri to Mon at the Royal Infirmary: 0131 537 6000


Scottish Association for Mental Health SAMH –

For someone thinking about suicide, see the SAMH guidance for helpful information.

Our counselling waiting list is for referrals aged 16 years and over.

Counselling offers you a safe, neutral place to come and talk about what you are feeling and to explore the difficult areas in your life. By being listened to in an accepting and non-judging environment, you may start to understand yourself and life better and perhaps feel able to make some positive changes.

PCHP has professionally trained counsellors who are experienced in working with clients on many issues affecting emotional and mental wellbeing, for example:

  • Feelings of anxiety, depression or panic
  • Feeling lonely, frightened, or fed up about relationships, work or just life in general
  • Feeling worthless, worried, angry, anxious, confused without knowing why
  • Feeling upset about things from the past
  • Dealing with a loss or some other kind of crisis in your life
  • Dealing with difficult situations in your family

“Because of counselling I can now look forward with hope.”

PCHP Counselling Service is funded to cover a catchment area which includes: Muirhouse, Pilton, West Pilton, Granton and Royston Wardieburn. We will check that your address allows you to access the service.

We will welcome you to PCHP regardless of your ability to pay. However, as PCHP runs on limited grants, we ask all clients to contribute voluntarily towards the cost of their counselling if they are in a position to do so. This is completely your decision and WILL NOT affect access to your counselling service as we appreciate that for some clients a contribution is not possible. We have no fixed charge; however, even the sum of £1.00 per session will help PCHP maintain a counselling service. This will be discussed at your initial appointment.

Fast Track Service
We have a limited fast track service which is restricted to appointments that are not being used by the core service. This enables those able to pay a full fee of £35 to be seen quickly by a qualified counsellor without impacting on other appointments. If you would like to apply for fast track counselling please contact PCHP.

Contact us about Adult Counselling: