Simpson House Counselling and Recovery Service

Simpson House Counselling and Recovery Service is a confidential recovery and counselling service for adults affected by drug use.

Service Description

Simpson house offers support to anyone in Edinburgh who has been affected by past or present drug use, whether it’s your own or someone else’s.

The Simpson House team are experienced in supporting people affected by trauma.

Services available:

  • counselling and recovery
  • One-to-one counselling
  • Donation-based (drug-specific, Edinburgh only)*
  • Fast-Track (no specific criteria required to access i.e not drug-specific nor just Edinburgh based)

*The donation-based service provides two types of support: short term recovery and/or long term counselling.  You can choose depending on which support best suits your needs

Recovery appointments at Simpson House
Recovery appointments use CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) tools to help you explore issues and develop skills in your recovery. Your sessions will be tailored to what you would like to work on and support you to challenge your thoughts and behaviours and achieve your goals.
Some of the topics covered include:

  • managing anxiety
  • dealing with unhelpful thoughts
  • relapse prevention
  • preparing for change
  • rebuilding your life
  • developing awareness of self-worth

Counselling at Simpson House
Counselling offers a space for you to explore your thoughts and feelings on issues relating to your own or someone else’s drug use. This may be looking at the way your life is affected by drug use or it could be exploring past experiences which led to drug use. Counsellors will regularly work with issues such as anger, loss, relationships, bereavement, anxiety, abuse (emotional, sexual, physical) and self-worth. They will work with you at a pace you feel comfortable with and are trained in a variety of counselling approaches.

Group support at Simpson House
Groups at Simpson House offer a safe, confidential space for people to talk about their experiences and support one another in reducing isolation and increasing tools for managing life.  Access to these groups is by self-referral.

  • A Life Worth Living

A group for people who are learning to survive but also want a life worth living. This group is open-ended.

  • Managing Anxiety using Self-Compassion

This group is for people who struggle with anxiety and who would like to be more compassionate to themselves and others.

Each course lasts for 6 weeks and is ran throughout the year on a rolling basis.

Download the group’s flyer here – Managing Anxiety Course

  • 60+ Thrive

The group is for people who are over 60 years of age who feel alone/isolated and want to build confidence and look at issues specific to this age group discussion.

Each course lasts for 6 weeks and is ran throughout the year on a rolling basis.

Download the group’s flyer here – 60+Thrive group


Service Categories


Intended Client Groups:

  • Drug and Alcohol Users
  • Other


This service is available to residents of all parts of Edinburgh


Self Referral

This service accepts direct self referrals.

By Appointment

This service is available by appointment only.

Contact Info. & Service Address

52 Queen Street

Office Hours

9.00 am - 8.00 pm (Monday and Wednesday) 9.00 am - 5.00 pm (Tuesday, Thursday and Friday)

Facilities & Access

This service has the following facilities:

  • Public Parking
    Metered parking available in local streets
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Information in community languages
  • Translation Service
    Information and translation service available on request
  • Creche facilities are not available at this location.


Public Transport Information

Any route to city centre.

Lothian Buses Site for routes and timetables.

Provider's Name: Simpson House

Type: Charity/Voluntary

Simpson House provides various services incuding counselling, training, recovery groups and the Sunflower garden, which is for children affected by drug and or alcohol abuse in their families. 

Services run by this provider

Office Hours

9.00 am – 8.00 pm (Monday and Wednesday)
9.00 am – 5.00 pm (Tuesday, Thursday and Friday)

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