Waiting List

Waiting List and Waiting Times

Demand for the PF’s services is always very high, and there is a physical limit to how many counsellors and clients we can fit into our building.  At the moment we are not accepting new requests for counselling from potential clients.   We hope to re-open within two or three months.

Most people will have to wait around 10-12 weeks until their Initial Appointment, and then a further 6 - 12 weeks until they can begin regular counselling.  The wait depends on the availability and flexibility of the client, as well as the availability of a suitable counsellor.

In October, 15% of our initial assessment appointments were not attended, or were cancelled at the last minute. These wasted appointments mean longer waiting times for everyone. Please remember your appointment, and let us know in good time if you have to withdraw. A missed appointment will mean you will have a further wait.

Other Agencies

Simpson House currently have a very short waiting list for clients affected by drug use, now or historically. Clients must live within the City of Edinburgh.

There are many other counselling agencies around Edinburgh.  Unfortunately most also have waiting lists, but each has different eligibility criteria and ways of working. You can find links to them on our Useful Links page.

If You Are Waiting

If you have sent us a Counselling Request Form online, you should have received an email telling you we have received it. This includes your unique Client Reference number, which begins with the number 17 (for example 17001).  You can check here at any time to see how close we are to offering you an initial appointment.

We are currently offering initial appointments to Client References around number:  170360.