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Our confidential counselling service welcomes those from the church family, the wider church and community.
Our staff are supported by a small team of experienced volunteers or students who are in training in counselling.

Life ….

In the complexity of our day to day situations we sometimes lose motivation or find ourselves struggling to cope with the demands of life, relationships become strained, anxious thoughts can abound, feelings of anger, sorrow, despair or hopelessness can be experienced, questions about the meaning and purpose of our lives arise.

What is Counselling?

Counselling provides you with someone who will listen to you attentively, who will not judge what you say and who will be a companion to you as you ponder things in your life.  A counsellor will not give advice or offer opinions about what you should do. Counselling is not usually a quick fix and you may need to meet with your counsellor for a number of weeks to see the benefits. Counselling sessions last for fifty minutes.

…Discovering Together

When you first meet with a counsellor it is an opportunity to begin to chat through things that may be troubling. Often someone will begin by speaking about what they are going through at present, perhaps it might be about changes in their lives or some situation they find challenging, or of difficulties in relationship with others. The counsellor will try to understand your issues from your perspective. The counsellor may also ask what is dissatisfying you about how you find yourself thinking, feeling or behaving, so that she or he can have a sense of what work may need to be done together. The counsellor will also discuss how we operate and explain how we keep things confidential, and arrange a further meeting time at a convenient time for you.

…Meeting Regularly

Meeting regularly with your counsellor each week can bring insight and understanding to enable you find your way through your dilemmas. The counsellor’s purpose is to help you gain more understanding or make the changes you want in your life.  You will set the agenda for what you wish to talk about and that may involve exploring how things in the past have impacted you.  The counsellor may help you work out what values and beliefs are important to you so that you can have a framework to help you to become the person you would like to be.  The counsellor may also suggest creative experiences or exercises designed to help you focus on areas which are problematic to you.  As a result of the weekly explorations you may do together you may experience change in attitudes, feelings and behaviour as you gain insight.

Counselling can help you express feelings and our hope is that in helping you do this you will gain insight and may feel freer and more confident in whom you are. It’s not always a comfortable process but your counsellor is there to encourage and support you, helping you to become better able to face the challenges of life.

The counsellor will regularly review how you feel about working together and you will be able to discuss when is appropriate to stop meeting together, and choose when you want to end.

The counselling department is at: 40 York Place (map).

Please contact or fill in the form if you would like to be put in touch with a counsellor. Unfortunately, due to demand for our service, we are not always able to offer appointments immediately, but will try to match you with a counsellor as soon as we can.

How Much Does Counselling Cost?

At St Paul’s and St George’s there is no set charge for counselling because we want it to be available to all regardless of your financial situation. However we do request that you make a financial contribution each week which is affordable to you. As a guide we suggest:

Earnings Donation
Below £10,000 £10
£10,000 to £15,000 £20
£15-20,000 £25
Over £20,000 £40

Further information is also available by calling Shirley on 0131 557 2780