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About us

The Spark Counselling is a COSCA approved counselling provider offering couple counselling, marriage counselling, individual counselling and family counselling. Counselling sessions with The Spark are available for face-to-face counselling, telephone counselling and online counselling. All of our counsellors are members of one or more of the following: COSCA, BACP, AFT or OTI (Online Therapy Institute).

With over 50 years experience The Spark are specialists in relationship counselling for couples and families.

Located in Glasgow and Edinburgh we provide counselling services Scotland-wide with centres in Aberdeen, Dunfermline, Falkirk, Inverness, Irvine, Kilmarnock, Livingston, Paisley and Stirling.

Training, qualifications & experience

All counsellors at The Spark are trained to Diploma level and it is university accredited. The ethos of the organisation is lifelong learning and so it is expected that our Counsellors training will continue throughout their work as a counsellor. They must complete a minimum of 18 hours continuous professional development (CPD) per year and receive regular supervision in line with the code of ethics for good practice.

It is expected that their development as a practitioner will continue to MSc level, which is the new entry level for couple therapy within The Spark. Some of our counsellors having achieved the MSc will continue their striving to achieve a Doctorate. All The Spark counsellors are members of one or more of the following: COSCA, BACP or AFT, with some also registered with Online Therapy Institute (OTI).

Member organisations *


College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSCA)

COSCA is the professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland, and seeks to advance all forms of counselling and psychotherapy and the use of counselling skills by promoting best practice and through the delivery of a range of sustainable services. COSCA Counsellor Accreditation is a pathway to entry onto the UKRC.

It is a requirement of all individual and organisational members of COSCA to abide by its Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice and be accountable to the Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

We have verified that at least one professional at this organisation is registered with the relevant professional body.

Other areas of counselling we deal with

Affairs and betrayals
Blended families
Conflict resolution
Domestic violence
Family issues
Family breakup
Financial stressors
New baby
Physical abuse
Parenting issues
Transitional phases


Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Additional information

The Spark aims to make counselling as affordable as possible and financial issues are not a barrier to investing in short term marriage, couples or individual counselling therapy. There is a small registration fee that is deducted from the cost of counselling. 

Contact The Spark to discuss your requirements as we always aim to work with clients to find solutions that enable access to our counselling services.

When we work

All enquiries: Mon-Thur: 9am - 9pm; Fri: 9am - 4pm Sat - Sun: closed

1/1, 100 Wellington Street, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, G2 6DH

Eric Liddell Centre, 15 Morningside Road, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH10 4DP

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults