Sessions & Costs2021-08-03T17:00:02+01:00

sessions and costs

sessions and costs


Appointments are usually face-to-face, but are mostly online at the moment. After lockdown, we can continue to offer some online appointments for accessibility and health reasons.

Counselling sessions last 50 minutes, and usually take place weekly in a regular slot.

Most slots are between 9am and 6pm Monday-Friday. Appointments are occasionally available in the evenings, but we may suggest alternatives if this is the only time you are free.

You can ask for a specific counsellor, or for the first available slot.

Our counsellors use a mix of approaches, but all tailor the sessions to your needs.

When you start, your counsellor will discuss with you how long you might wish to come to counselling. Some people choose to come short-term for 6 to 12 sessions, while others come for longer periods of 6 months or more. It may depend on the nature or complexity of what you wish to explore, and we will work with you to understand what you need. There is a maximum number of sessions for the funded slots, in fairness to others on the waiting list.

We work 1:1 with individuals aged 16 or over, and do not currently offer couples or family therapy.

reduced-fee counselling

Our charity partner, the Moston Care Foundation, provides funding so our counsellors can offer some lower-cost sessions at The Next Chapter. These sessions are usually available to people living on means-tested benefits or an income below the Living Wage (£9.50 an hour, which is about £18,500 per year on full-time hours), but we do take account of individual circumstances.

We will discuss your needs and circumstances with you and ask you to make a contribution from £10 up to your counsellor’s standard fee, depending on what you can afford. Reduced-fee places are initially offered for 12 weeks per client, with the possibility of additional sessions following discussion with your counsellor.

This funding is available to people aged 16 and over living in Edinburgh and the surrounding area only. All spaces are subject to availability and there is a waiting list.

Please contact us if the cost of counselling is an issue for you, or to discuss any aspect of our reduced-fee places.

counselling fees

£45-50 per 50 minute session (depending on which counsellor you work with)

A number of reduced-fee counselling places are available thanks to funding from our charity partner. These are pay-what-you-can-afford on a sliding scale from £10 up to the standard fee per session, agreed with your counsellor from a discussion about your circumstances.  Funding is available to people living in and around Edinburgh only.


£55 for 50 minute session

Appointments arranged to suit – can be in-person at the centre, online, or outdoors.

For information and bookings, contact Jenny Pope on


available while in tiers 3-0

£40 for reflexology session

£45 for aromareflex session

Contact Pamela Couper for appointments:

reading for wellbeing 1:1 consultations

Free! These are fully-funded by our social enterprise mission, so there is no cost for these consultations.

click here for details about reading for wellbeing consultations

therapeutic writing group

(not currently available due to COVID-19 control measures)

£7 per person per session

Contact Fi Bailey for online options and updates

our charity partner

The Moston Care Foundation is an Edinburgh-based charity, set up in 2013 to fund projects and organisations which work to help people with emotional, mental or physical health challenges, who might struggle to access appropriate help or support for financial reasons.

In recent years, the charity has donated to a variety of health and disability charities, groups and projects, including funds to provide ‘therapy pets’ for care homes, schools and universities, support for an art therapy project for survivors of childhood sexual abuse, and a grant for voluntary counselling services in Edinburgh.

Now, the Moston Care Foundation has put funding in place to make low cost counselling available through The Next Chapter, to help those who might otherwise find it difficult to afford counselling.

Moston Care Foundation, a company registered in Scotland and limited by guarantee, company number 452587.

Scottish charity number SC044389

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