The Light Counselling

Working together towards the life you want to live.

What is the Light Counselling

The Light Counselling is a compassionate counselling service based in Edinburgh, UK.
We tailor our approach to each individual’s needs and hopes from counselling.

In particular, our practice is informed by Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Person-centred Therapy.

Our aim is to create a safe, welcoming space, where you can explore your experiences, whilst also identifying potential areas for change.

Our Services

The Light Counselling - Stress Management

Stress Management

Stress is at the heart of many mental health difficulties. Our society demands a fast-paced, busy lifestyle that can be hard to maintain.

We can work together to consider areas of stress in your life, identify the causes and impact of this stress, and develop tools for creating a more meaningful, and less stressful, life.

Anxiety & Low Mood

Anxiety and/or low mood are very common issues that can have an impact on our wellbeing.

By exploring your experience of anxiety and/or low mood, we can foster insight into the factors contributing to these feelings, and consider ways of creating more space for peace and contentment.

The Light Counselling - Anxiety & Low Mood
The Light Counselling - Relationships and Work Difficulties

Work / Relationship Issues

Our work and relationships can be great sources of fulfilment, but they can also be sources of stress.

We can explore together your work/relationship difficulties and consider how our approach to these problems can affect our experience.

We Can Help

Working together towards the life you want.
Here’s some helpful feedback from some of our clients.

Melissa was brilliant from day one. She always listened thoughtfully to all my problems, no matter how big or small they felt to me, and offered understanding, advice and an impartial view without ever making me feel judged. Over our time together Melissa helped me with sleep issues and gave me good ways to cope with work and relationship stresses and I really feel like I’m in a better place to cope with what life throws at me after her counselling.
Melissa Hoskins - The Light Counselling - Profile

About me

I have a Master’s Degree in Counselling and practise from a pluralistic perspective, which means that I tailor my approach to each client’s preferences and goals.

In particular, my approach combines appropriate methods from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Person-centred therapy.

I have worked with a wide range of individuals, with difficulties ranging from anxiety and low mood, to relationship issues.

I believe that by understanding our experiences and identifying areas of change, we can create the life we want to live.

Some FAQs

Here are some answers to common queries about our counselling services.
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What is counselling?

Counselling is a safe space where you can explore your life experiences and consider ways of moving towards the life you want to live.

A counsellor is not an advisor, but someone that helps to create a space where you can discover your own insights. They may sometimes offer psychoeducation to help you understand your experiences or share tools that other clients have found helpful.

There are many types of counselling so it is important to find one that is right for you, with a person you trust. I believe that different people find different approaches helpful, and I tailor my work towards your own preferences.

What about confidentiality?

The counselling space is completely confidential and I will not share anything you say, unless I believe there is a risk of harm to yourself or others.

Our confidentiality policy will be discussed with you in the first session. To ensure ethical practice, I discuss my work with a professional supervisor but clients are kept anonymous in these discussions.

What will happen in the first session?

Ahead of the first session, I will ask you to complete a brief form which will help us to identify the main areas of concern for yourself.

We will then have an introductory session where we explore your hopes from counselling and your preferences for therapy. This is our chance to consider how we will work together.

I will also give you a contract to sign which details our confidentiality and cancellation policies.

How soon can I be seen?

I will let you know when you enquire if I have availability. If not, we can discuss adding you to our waiting list or a referral to another therapist.

I may also refer you to another therapist if I do not have experience in your preferred style of counselling (e.g. psychodynamic counselling) or with your particular issues (e.g. addiction).

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How many sessions can I have?

We will decide in our first session how many sessions to agree to initially. Usually, this will be between 6 and 12 sessions. We will review this throughout our work together.

How can I pay for sessions?

We will ask for a bank transfer upon booking your session and the details will be sent to you in advance.

We require payment before the session or we may not be able to guarantee the session can take place.

What is the cancellation policy?

If you find you are not able to make a booked session, please let us know so that we can discuss rebooking or refunding.

We are able to offer a full refund for sessions cancelled with over 48 hours’ notice.

Appointments cancelled with less than 48 hours’ notice are not refundable.

Do you offer emergency services?

Please note: The Light Counselling is not an emergency service and cannot offer urgent help.

If you need immediate assistance, please make an emergency appointment with your GP, call the NHS on 111, or contact the Samaritans on 116 123.

Contact Us

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A Quiet Room By The Shore
12d Timber Bush, Leith, Edinburgh,

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