Counselling Services

The most common referral route is through your GP practice but referrals are accepted from support workers, mental health nurses, health visitors etc - people who are involved in your care.  Self referrals are only accepted if you do not receive support from anywhere else.

Our Counselling Service is only funded for people living within Stirlingshire, Scotland.


Counselling is available by appointment only for adults aged 18+ living in the Stirlingshire area, Monday-Friday between 9.00am – 5.00pm. Sessions can either take place face-to-face at our premises at 19 Dean Crescent in Stirling, or by phone call/video conference.

What is Counselling

Counselling is a ‘talking therapy’ that can help people who are feeling stressed or anxious about things that are happening in their life or who struggle to cope with a sudden loss or bereavement.

Like other talking therapies, such as Mindfulness or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), counselling is about the person themselves and what they wish to bring to the sessions.

Counselling has helped people to transform their lives in positive ways and find the confidence to handle difficult situations better and with increased resilience and skill. Counselling at Action in Mind offers a safe, confidential space for people to talk about their mental ill-health and related issues, and build trust with someone who will listen without judgement. Sometimes people have no one else in their lives that they feel they can talk to openly, or the people they do have struggle to know what to say. Taking time out to speak to a counsellor is a way of looking after yourself and putting yourself first.


Action in Mind counsellors are trained and registered with either COSCA (Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland) or BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy).

We offer a placement service to trainee counselling psychologists at various local universities working towards either becoming a qualified counsellor, or achieving their doctorate and become chartered psychologists, and to students from independent training establishments running courses in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) or counselling group work. Students are trained to a standard that makes them ready to see counselling clients. We will always ask clients if they would prefer not to have a trainee or student for their sessions.

Please note we are currently at full capacity for trainee placements.

What clients say about the benefits of counselling at Action in Mind

“To have someone to talk to and help me plan out ways to deal with my issues has been a huge help and it's easy to communicate with someone who genuinely cares and has an interest in helping others.”

"I was made to feel very comfortable and that I could speak without judgement. These sessions allowed me to rationalise my anxiety and put things into perspective making day to day life a lot easier which I am very grateful for. I started off feeling very hopeless and low, I was scared I would never get out of the situation I was in however I am a lot happier now and feel motivated about the future."

“Being able to admit to some of my issues to someone without feeling judged and being able to speak honestly. Also didn’t feel put under pressure when I was finding it hard to say what I was feeling.”

Children and Young People's Counselling

Please click here for more information about the counselling services we provide to children and young people.