First Step

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Available for new clients
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This professional is available for new clients.

Musselburgh, East Lothian, EH21 8HU
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About us

First Step aims to provide opportunities for local families with young children to make positive choices in their lives by providing supportive centre-based and outreach activities which encourage parents and children to develop their self-esteem, confidence and skills

We deliver both Person-Centred Counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Sessions are generally 50 minutes long and are offered in blocks of 12-15 weeks. Sessions take place at the same time and on the same day each week.

About the space, we have a lovely, welcoming room inside the First Step building, not far from Musselburgh city centre.  Our space is baby friendly 

We are  currently open to new clients 

Training, qualifications & experience

Our main approaches are person centred,psychodynamic and cbt. 

Marie, our qualified counsellor, has been volunteering for over 2 years and is pluralistically trained.

We also have two students counsellors who are in the final stages of training towards a fully qualified diploma

Together, we cover a wide array of topics, from anxiety to relationship problems, from fertility issues, to self esteem issues

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Up to £20.00
Free initial online session

Concessions offered for

  • Unemployed

Additional information

We operate a pay what you can system. We believe that everyone should have access to therapy, regardless of their financial situation. We ask for a donation for every session attended, according to the client's genuine ability to make such a donation.

When we work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Further information

To access the counselling service you must be a parent/guardian to a child 0-8 years (or parent-to-be) 

Some creche opportunities are available to allow you to access the service is childcare is am issue.

We also offer group therapy and workshops

First Step Community Project, 37 Galt Avenue, Musselburgh, East Lothian, EH21 8HU

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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