Simpson House Recovery Appointments (CrossReach)

Availability : Edinburgh Wide

Who is this for?

  • People aged 16 years old and over who are affected by their own or someone else’s past/present drug use. 

Who provides this?

  • CrossReach


Counselling & Recovering clients are offered ‘Managing Thoughts Feelings and Behaviours’, formally known as ‘Recovery Appointments’, which are structured and focused 30-minute sessions using CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) and REBT (rational emotive behaviour therapy) tools to explore issues that may be affecting their day to day life.

Many clients have 6 sessions before moving on to counselling, which can be more in-depth and open-ended.

This service offers Individual Counselling: a space for one person to explore their thoughts and feelings about the way their life is affected by another’s drug use and concerns related to factors such as relationships, loss, anger, stress, guilt, shame, self-esteem, fear, anxiety, understanding addiction and drugs.

In addition to individual counselling work, Crossreach also offers a peer support group. ‘A Life Worth Living’ is for those struggling with depression where the focus of the group is to:

  • reach out to people who are isolated
  • play a part in reducing stigmas around mental health and addiction
  • make connections with other organisations to offer more choice to individuals
  • help people build up their strengths and interests.
  • help people have more self-compassion

All Crossreach counsellors bring knowledge of substance use and addiction to their work and share a client-focused approach that reflects the client’s agenda and priorities in counselling. Counselling staff are trained in a variety of counselling approaches.  All have, or are working towards, a recognised qualification in counselling at diploma level or equivalent and have or are working towards individual accreditation with BACP.

How do I access this?

  • Referrals assisted by support workers
  • Self-referrals

Is there a cost?

This is a donation-based service if you are a resident of Edinburgh and affected by their own or someone else’s drug use.

There is also a fast track service at £45 per session.

Is there a waiting list?


Location information

  • Public parking available
  • Wheelchair access

Opening times

Monday 9.00 am – 8.00 pm
Tuesday9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Wednesday9.00 am – 8.00 pm
Thursday9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Friday9.00 am – 5.00 pm

Type of support on offer:

Support in person
Support on the phone


Black and minority ethnic communities
Healthy living
Housing, benefits, debt
Learning, employability, volunteering
Loneliness/isolated groups
Long term conditions/disabilities
Older people
Social groups
Substance use
Survivors of abuse
Young people

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