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Family Counselling


Our free, confidential and non-judgemental Family Counselling service is for young people (aged 12 to 18) at school in Midlothian, and their families.

It’s confidential, and is about helping to solve family issues that may be making you feel unhappy or worried.

A typical family counselling session

A family session will usually last between an hour, and an hour and a half.

At the first session the family counsellor will ask you about your family history. They’ll also ask for your view of the issues that brought you to counselling, and how you’ve tried to deal with them in the past.

Then, with the family counsellor’s help, you’ll agree what you want to talk about. They’ll try to give your family members the chance to say what they think about these issues.

How long the counselling lasts and how many sessions you’ll have

Because each family is different it’s not easy to say exactly how long your counselling will last.

We can usually offer up to 10 sessions and they’ll probably be every 2 weeks. Having the sessions fortnightly will give you time to think about them, and to try out new ways to help.

What to bring

You don’t have to bring anything specific to the sessions unless the Family Counsellor asks you to.

What you’ll have to do (and what you won’t have to do)

You should come to your appointments, and let us know if you’re not going to be able to make it.

You won’t have to do any tests.

You’ll be asked to fill in evaluation forms. This so we can see how well the service is working, and what we can do to make it better.

The family counsellor’s role

The family counsellor will guide the sessions, and give feedback about what’s said and done during them. They might also suggest different things that your family could do to try to improve your situation.


Everything you say will be confidential within our staff team. We won’t give information about your case to anyone else without your permission.

The only time this will happen is where there are child protection issues. Or if you tell family counsellors something that suggests that you, or someone else, may be at risk of harm.

Your family counsellor will always do their best to let you know if they have to share this type of information with other organisations like social work, the police or health professionals.

Other places you can get information and support

The Young Minds website provides information on a range of mental health issues. If you are a parent needing help, you can call the Young Minds Parents hotline on 0808 802 5544.

Parenting Across Scotland provides support for parents and families through their information service and partners’ helplines.

ParentLine is Scotland’s free helpline, email and web-chat service, for anyone caring for or concerned about a child. Call on 08000 28 22 33 or text-chat on 07860 022844.