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If you believe you have Coronavirus (COVID-19), or have developed a continuous cough, have a fever/high temperature, loss of smell or taste, or have come into contact in the last 14 days with someone who has; then please do NOT come into Sandyford. For further information about Coronavirus please visit NHS Inform





NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

Counselling & Support Service

COVID-19: Service Update

In response to the ongoing pressures on NHS services caused by Coronavirus (COVID-19) temporary changes to sexual health services are necessary:

  • All in person, face to face, appointments are suspended until further notice. 
  • Sandyford will text you if your appointment needs to be cancelled.
  • We are providing telephone support to clients in lieu of in person appointments. Monday - Friday 9.30am - 4pm. To contact Sandyford counselling and support service please call 0141 211 6700.
  • In addition, there are a number of other organisations who can offer telephone based support.

We know that this is a stressful time for everyone and there is a great deal of uncertainty just now. We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding whilst we get through this difficult period. We want to assure you that if your appointment has been cancelled you will be offered an appointment as soon as we are able to.

We are committed to providing safe and effective patient care during this time.

Please click here for more information on the temporary changes to Sandyford services and locations.



Our counselling service offer a safe, confidential, reliable and judgement free place to talk to a trained professional.

Sandyford Counselling & Support Service (SCASS) provide counselling to individuals who have sexual or reproductive health issues or concerns which are affecting their psychologicial sexual well being. Included issues relate to childhood sexual abuse, rape and sexual assault, gender or sexual identity, men who have sex with men, and women who have had a termination of pregnancy.  We also offer specialist counselling for young people, aged 17 years and younger, and a Listening Ear service which offers short-term emotional support.

What is Counselling?

Counselling offers a private, confidential, reliable and judgement free place to talk about your worries and concerns. It is a one to one talking therapy. It can help clarify important decisions you may be facing now.

Sometimes emotional difficulties have their roots in the past. Talking them over with a therapist can help you to understand them better, and can help you to see past hurts in a new light. 

Counselling can help you to rediscover or develop new resources within yourself enabling you to approach life in a more effective and personally satisfying way

What does Counselling involve?

Counselling services are free and provided by the NHS. It usually involves weekly 50 minute sessions with a trained counsellor skilled in working with various emotional problems. We offer counselling services to both adults and young people either self referred or referred by a GP or other health professionals and our counsellors work from a variety of theoretical approaches.

If you self refer and are currently receiving support from Psychiatric/ Psychological Services, we might need to make contact with them. 


We accept self-referrals by calling the above number, we also accept referrals made by your GP or other health professionals or services you are attending. An initial referral form will need to be completed prior to being accepted by the service.

You can get information about the full range of counselling therapies and services we offer by phoning  0141 211 6700 and requesting an information pack.  


All counsellors are bound by the NHS Code of Confidentiality, British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy’s Ethical Framework & British Association of Behavioural Cognitive Therapies.  The need to respect client confidentiality is a core principle of counselling. There are exceptions to this confidentiality, for example if you are at risk, but this will be explained in more detail at your first meeting with a counsellor.  

What to expect at Sandyford

All the information you need about your visit to Sandyford. Before, during and after your appointment.