sessions and costs

sessions and costs

counselling sessions

Most of our appointments are in-person at the centre. Some counsellors have regular online slots in their timetable, and we can also offer online appointments for accessibility or 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 intended for people living on means-tested benefits, or an income below the Real Living Wage (£10.90 per hour and a decent hours contract) or in other financial difficulties.

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

£50-£60 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.

reflexology & Indian head massage

life coaching

Coaching sessions are £90 for 90 minutes

Sessions are every 4-6 weeks

Click here to read more about coaching

Contact Jane Pickard for appointments: 

reading for wellbeing consultations (bibliotherapy)

Consultations are free (funded as part of our social enterprise mission).

Buying books from us helps support our mission, so we would be really grateful if you would choose our William Street shop, or the Bookshop online shop, for your book purchases.

click here for details about reading for wellbeing consultations

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