Safe confidential spaces for you to share what has been going on in your life with your dedicated counsellor.
Arrange an appointment
If you would like to register for an appointment with Alternatives Counselling and Listening Rooms, please complete the form below and we will contact you to to arrange an initial appointment. Please note to check your spam/junk folder for our email response too.
This service is available to anyone living in Tayside.
If you require urgent support please contact:
Samaritans – 116 123
Breathing Space – 0800 83 85 87
Emergency Services – 999
Please note: we are temporarily closing referrals for Download but anticipate this will reopen by October 2023. Any young person who has had a referral submitted before 1/8/2023, has been assessed by our team or is our waiting list are still active within the service.
My counsellor was very supportive and understanding. I can’t express how much support she gave me.April 2020
Need support now?
If you need urgent support, we encourage you to contact one the following services.
Call 116 123
Call 0800 83 85 87
A team member will get back to you through email or text to arrange an initial appointment. This will normally be a telephone appointment. We will ask you some questions and find out how things have been. we will ask you what your hopes are for counselling. You can also find out a bit more about the service. After that we will match you with one of our team who will work with you from then on. During the initial appointment you will agree with the counsellor if you will have appointments in person, or through secure videocall or telephone appointments.
After that we will match you with one of our team who will work with you from then on. At the moment there is a wait of about two months from the initial appointment to begin working with a counsellor.
Most clients work with their counsellor for around 12 weekly sessions. Your counsellor will agree with you the time of your session. Please be ready at your arranged time so that you can get the most from your session. All appointments last for 50-minutes. we ask that you let us know 24 hours in advance if you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment so this does not impact on the number of sessions you can have.
It is normal to feel anxious about starting counselling. Your counsellor understands this and will support you.
And that’s it. Make a cup of tea. Talk to us. We’re listening.