PF Counselling Service

PF Counselling Service provides counselling and psychotherapy for people facing the difficulties of everyday life.

Service Description

Counselling may help you if you have a sense that something is not quite right and it’s beginning to affect your quality of life on a day to day basis. Counselling at the PF offers this support in the form of a confidential environment with professional help to explore and identify the root problems, while working towards resolving them.

At the PF you can expect a professional service where you will be given the opportunity to:

  • talk over your situation in confidence
  • reach a better understanding of your difficulties
  • decide the best way forward for yourself

Regular weekly sessions last for 50 minutes with a counsellor, and take place in the PF premises at the same time, on the same day each week.

The PF Young Adults counselling service (PFYA) is an extension of our counselling service specifically for young adults aged 18 to 25 years old.  All counselling appointments are on a Saturday.  The counselling is offered on a time-limited basis of 12 sessions initially, which may be extended by a further 12 sessions if appropriate, but it is not a long term service.

Anyone can use the PF regardless of ability to pay. All clients are asked to make a donation according to their genuine ability to do so. 

The PF is a member of COSCA – Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland.  If you would like to find out more information on this regulatory body, please click here – COSCA

This service is available for people who reside in Edinburgh and the Lothians.


If you would like counselling at the PF, the first stage is to complete a Counselling Request form. The form can be completed online here, or one can be posted on request. Following this, you will be invited to an initial appointment with an Assessment Counsellor. Following this, you will be placed on the waiting list for regular counselling. 


Service Categories



This service is available to residents of all parts of Edinburgh

Applicants for this service should also meet this condition:

People feeling in the need of counselling over the age of 18.


By Appointment

This service is available by appointment only.

Contact Info. & Service Address

8 Balcarres Street
EH10 5JB

Office Hours

Monday - Thursday 9.00am - 9.00pm, Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm Saturday 9.30am – 4:30pm (PF Young Adult Service)

Service Contact

Tel: 0131 447 0876

Facilities & Access

This service has the following facilities:

  • Public Parking
    On street parking available
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Creche facilities are not available at this location.


Public Transport Information

Lothian Regional Transport bus numbers - 5, 11, 15, 16, 23, 36 and 38

Lothian Buses Site for routes and timetables.

Provider's Name: PF Counselling Service

Type: Charity/Voluntary

The PF Counselling Service is an independent local charity which was established in 1986 and is registered with OSCR. Their vision is to enable people to embrace life more fully through the growth, changes and healing that can take place through the counselling process, regardless of background, experience, or ability to pay. The PF Counselling Service as an organisation has formal Recognition from COSCA, the professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland.  To achieve and maintain Recognition we are accountable to COSCA on an annual basis, and every three years they undertake a thorough review of our practices, policies and procedures. PF Counselling adhere to the COSCA Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice and expect all our counsellors to work to this or a similar recognised Code of Ethics. PF Counselling Service is the operating name of the Pastoral Foundation, which is a company limited by guarantee (SC122762) and a registered Scottish charity (SC008875).

Services run by this provider

Service Contact

Tel: 0131 447 0876

Office Hours

Monday – Thursday 9.00am – 9.00pm,
Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm
Saturday 9.30am – 4:30pm (PF Young Adult Service)

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