CrossReach Counselling and Recovery (CrossReach)

Availability : Edinburgh Wide

Who is this for?

  • Adults (from 16+) affected by past or present opioid drug use or someone else’s past or present drug use. We are an inclusive service and welcome people of all ethnicities, cultures, gender identities, sexual orientations, and religious backgrounds.


Our Counselling & Recovery team provide support to those over the age of 16 who are affected by their own or someone else’s past/present drug use.  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 which 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 opened 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, we also offer our 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
  • To play a part in reducing stigmas around mental health and addiction
  • To make connections with other organisations to offer more choice to individuals
  • To help people build up their strengths and interests.
  • To help people have more self-compassion

All our counsellors bring knowledge of substance use and addiction to their work and share a client-focused approach which 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?

  • Self referral
  • Referrals from Edinburgh Recovery Hubs
  • GP, and other relevant agencies.

Is there a cost?

There are no costs to individuals receiving this service.

Location information

  • Public parking available (metered)
  • Wheelchair access (ramp available)

Opening times

Monday09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday09:00 - 17:00
Thursday09:00 - 17:00
Friday09:00 - 17:00

Contact Details

52 Queen St, Edinburgh , EH2 3NS

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Counselling and recovery leaflet
(809.24 KB pdf)

Types of support on offer:

Support in person
Support on the phone

Type of services on offer:

Healthy living
Housing, benefits, debt
Learning, employability, volunteering
Long term conditions/disabilities
Relationships and Family Life
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