Counselling and COVID-19
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Crew Counselling Service is currently offering telephone sessions or online counselling (with video), and we are accepting new referrals for counselling. We are not currently able to offer face to face counselling sessions. We do not yet know when we will be able to offer face to face counselling support, but we will next review this regularly.
To make a referral or inquiry about counselling, please email email@example.com
We provide free counselling for people concerned about their stimulant and other drug use, for example cannabis, cocaine, ecstasy or amphetamines. People who are finding that benzodiazepines, opiates or alcohol are the main drug they would like to talk about are referred to other services in Edinburgh but do get in touch to see if our service is right for you.
We offer up to 30 weekly sessions, on a Monday to Friday daytime, for individual counselling with a qualified counsellor. We offer evening sessions, but there may be a longer wait for these appointments.
Our counselling is person centred, which means that we work with what feels important to each individual client. For some people, this might mean looking directly at their drug taking, and for other people it might mean exploring more about underlying issues or things from their past.
We welcome people of all cultures, gender identities, sexual orientations, religious and ethnic backgrounds and people with disabilities. If you have particular access needs we can discuss how we can support you to access our service. Crew can also offer short-term counselling for people affected by another’s drug use. Please ask us about this if it is relevant to you or someone you know.
Our counselling service is located on Anchor Close, just off Cockburn Street, and there are 22 steps up to our door. If this is not possible for you to access, please let us know and we can discuss alternative arrangements. For example, we can offer some counselling sessions in our Drop-in space which is at street level at a time when the Drop-in space is closed to the public.
What clients have said
I’ve made such amazing progress since starting counselling here, I only wish I’d had the courage to do it 10 years ago.
This therapy has allowed me to understand what aspects of my personality, history, and emotional states are driving my unhealthy behaviour, and to challenge these ideas and thoughts.
Counselling for people affected by someone else’s drug use
We offer short-term counselling of six weekly sessions for people affected by another’s drug use, for example, a partner, a friend or a family member. We can also signpost people in this situation onto longer term support.
I feel mine and Mum’s relationship has improved, I feel more listened to and I feel I understand why my Mum can worry as much and how I can stop that by being honest.
You can access Crew Counselling by phoning 0131 220 3404 or visiting our Drop-in. To make a referral or inquiry about counselling by email, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll ask you for some initial details, and after this a counsellor will contact you to arrange an initial appointment to see if this is the right service for you.
If it’s not the right time for you to engage in counselling, we can look at options for referral on to other organisations and putting more support into place if this would be helpful to you. Find out more about our counselling service here.
Crew offers ear acupuncture which can help people relax and find relief from stress and anxiety as part of recovery. Ear acupuncture sessions take place in a group environment and include a guided meditation. Acupuncture at Crew follows the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) protocol.
Every two weeks, we offer a guided meditation session with an introduction to mindfulness meditation techniques, which can be helpful for supporting recovery and for people affected by another person’s drug use.
The acupuncture/guided meditation group takes place on a Tuesday, 5.30 – 6.30pm. If you are new to acupuncture or mindfulness at Crew, please call us to make a 10-minute appointment before the Tuesday group. One of our practitioners will meet with you to explain what happens in a session, ask about any health issues that may be relevant and answer any questions you have – you would then be welcome to attend as often as you like.
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Weekdays: Monday – Thursday 6pm – 2am
Weekend: Friday 6pm – Monday 6am