Our heritage

Couple Counselling Lothian was founded in 1945 as part of the UK wide Marriage Guidance movement of the 1930s. Edinburgh’s foundation was delayed by World War II but it was the first of its kind in Scotland. It became a registered charity in 1946 and a company limited by guarantee in 1988.

On 29 February 2016, in recognition of the ever widening range of services offered and its progressive approach to understanding relationships, the charity changed its name to Bright Light.

It is now the largest provider of relationship counselling in Scotland, offering a comprehensive range of services throughout the Lothians.

We currently offer appointments from premises in Edinburgh, Livingston, Dalkeith and Tranent. 


“Bright Light is absolutely delighted to gain the COSCA 2019 monitoring award for the eighth year running. We are proud to receive this award and it provides an essential quality flag for existing and new clients. All our clients expect to experience counselling of the highest professional standard from us and we will always make sure we deliver.”

Julie Hogg-Weld. CEO Bright Light