Self-referral - helping you now.
If you would like to speak to us the quickest way during lockdown is to follow the ‘book an appointment’ button on this page and complete our self-referral form. One of our team will get back to you within 24hrs and usually much less.
Following Scottish Government Coronavirus guidance we are unable to work from our offices but our staff are working from home and continuing to support you. Social distancing means we can’t offer in-person therapy but our online face-to-face therapy service is available to all our clients.
We offering counselling on weekdays, evenings and weekends and there is dedicated admin support for all enquiries Monday to Friday 9am-5pm via email. Our telephone lines are open Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm but can be busy.
If you feel we could help you please use our self-referral service to arrange an appointment and we will get back to you as soon as possible. We have also set up an online contributions page to enable sessions with our counsellors to take place. Counselling sessions are done remotely using Zoom, a secure application for use with your desktop pc, laptop, tablet or mobile. Please take a moment to read about Zoom If you have concerns about your safety when using it. Full details will also be given as part of the appointment booking process.
If you have any questions you would like to ask us about our services please email our admin team, and a member of the team will get back to you as soon as they can.
Updates on our work will be published here and on our social media platforms, you can also sign up to receive email updates. Thank you for your patience and we look forward to seeing you soon.
Bright Light is a charity and the largest provider of relationship counselling in Scotland, offering a comprehensive range of services throughout the Lothians.
We offer a welcoming, safe, and confidential space to express your thoughts and feelings about what is happening in your life. with a simple self-referral form available that enables you to arrange your first meeting.
Counselling can help you - and others important to you - understand, communicate and deal with things that you are finding challenging and preventing you from enjoying life to the full.
Counselling will help you plan for a better future and we will support you all the way in achieving your goals. Last year we helped over 1,400 people to do just that.
Couples, individual people, families, children and young people, same sex partners, blended and extended families... whoever you feel is important in your life and should be part of your relationship journey. We will help you if you're thinking of staying together, separating, or are going through a divorce. We can support you if you are experiencing or have experienced sexual difficulties. We will support you if your relationship has ended. We will help if you’ve lost someone close to you. If you’ve experienced something traumatic or are struggling to cope with any kind of major change in your life we will help build your confidence and resilience, help you set and achieve your goals. We will support you to achieve a better future. You can arrange an intake meeting here.
We've been supporting people for over 70 years, take a moment to see what we are doing and how you can help us by checking our support us page.
Can we help you?
We recognise and welcome all relationships, whether you're married, in a civil partnership, living together, in a less formal relationship, separated or divorced and whatever your age, race, personal beliefs, sexual orientation or social background.
We strongly value the rich diversity of all clients and continually look for ways to provide a dynamic and inclusive service. We pride ourselves in valuing and respecting each person as unique and the distinctive nature of each relationship.
How much will it cost?
We value each person enquiring about our services and you can expect a warm professional welcome when you contact us. Our receptionist will arrange an intake meeting which will help us clarify your needs and goals and recommend which service is best for you. You will be asked to pay £29 to book this initial meeting. You can also arrange an intake meeting by completing a simple on-line form.
After that, sessions with our professional counsellors usually 50 minutes and we ask you for a contribution of £70 to Bright Light to help cover our costs. If you find you would be struggling to afford this please speak to us in confidence and we will agree an affordable amount. We will not turn you away. For more details see our charges page.
For Sexual Relationship Therapy Services you will be asked to pay £29 for a welcome meeting and £55 per session thereafter.
What can we do for you?
Bright Light is committed to offering you the best range of confidential face to face professional support to meet your changing needs. All of our counsellors are specialists, selected to ensure we offer you the best support we can when you need it most.
We are sorry, but due to high demand it is currently taking up to 8 weeks before we can offer new first appointments. We know it can cause additional stress when it takes longer to arrange an appointment and we are working hard to reduce the delay. It does mean that we have an extended waiting list at this time.