A free counselling service for people between the ages of 12-21 living primarily in Leith and North East Edinburgh.

What is Counselling?

Counselling is the opportunity to talk about things that are concerning you, in confidence, with a qualified counsellor.  What is spoken about will depend on the individual, but common themes are stress, anxiety, relationships, change, loss and distressing, traumatic events.

Counsellors are trained to listen without judging and to help people sort out their thoughts and feelings about whatever is concerning or confusing them.

How can counselling help me?

The counsellor will pay attention to things that matter to you, and how you see your life. You can talk about whatever is going on in your life, including the things that worry you, confuse you or might make you feel angry, sad or helpless. It might be about your past, what is happening now or worries about the future.

The counsellor will be:

How long will counselling last?

Counselling usually takes place weekly and appointments last about 50 minutes.  We can offer counselling initially for up to 20 sessions. It is reviewed regularly between counsellor and client.

Where and when does it take place?

Counselling takes place at The Junction (see map) at a prearranged time, in a private room. Although we will try to find a time to suit you, please be aware that spaces are limited and if your availability is limited, you may have to wait longer to start seeing a counsellor.

Is it confidential?

Counselling is confidential; it is a time when it’s O.K. to talk about concerns without fear of them being discussed elsewhere. The counsellor will not give your name, details or information about you to anyone without your permission. They will not discuss what you tell them unless you ask them to.

However, if the counsellor has reason to believe that you or someone you talked about is in danger, they may have to tell someone. If this happened they would talk with you about what they plan to do and why.

All counsellors receive supervision of their work, to ensure quality of practice.

How can I get in touch about counselling?

Thank you for your interest in making a referral to The Junction. Unfortunately as we’ve been experiencing such high demand on our services, we have made the decision to temporarily close our waiting list.

We appreciate that waiting for our referral list to reopen can be difficult, so if/when you need to talk to someone, we encourage you to use our Open Access services (details below) or contact the following organisations:

Breathing Space 0800 83 85 87

Samaritans on 116 123.

Childline  0800 1111

Crisis Centre:  Freephone: 0808 801 0414   Text: 07974429075

Info on counselling agencies around Edinburgh:


Our Open Access services are times we set aside where a worker will be available to provide support without an appointment:

Walk-In: Monday and Friday 4-7pm

Drop-In: Wednesday 4.30-7.30 and Friday 1-4pm (Free shoulder massage available Fridays)


During these appointments we can also help you find alternative services for the kind of support you need.

As far as possible, we have the same worker(s) on the same day each week, who should be able to see you straight away or after a short wait depending on how busy the walk-in/drop-in is.

We will update our website as soon as our Waiting List reopens. Thank you.