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Counselling & Support Service

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

Service update

As is the case across NHSGGC our services are currently facing significant challenges . We are currently experiencing a high demand for our counselling service. Unfortunately, some of our counselling and support services may have a significant waiting time before we can offer any appointments. Please call 0141 211 6700 to discuss this further as we have a range of support options available.

Sandyford Counselling & Support Service (SCASS) provides counselling to people who have sexual or reproductive health issues or concerns, which are affecting their psychological sexual well-being and / or intimate relationships. This includes:

  • Individuals who have experienced rape or sexual assault;
  • Individuals who have experienced sexual trauma or sexual abuse, including childhood sexual abuse, which is having an impact on their current sexual / emotional functioning;
  • Individuals who have sexual health problems, which have an impact on their current sexual functioning;
  • Individuals who who are questioning and / or have issues around their sexual orientation or identity;
  • Individuals who are questioning and / or have issues around their gender identity;
  • Women who are considering or have had a termination of pregnancy;
  • Gay, bisexual and all men who have sex with men who have concerns about balancing risks & sexual relationships;
  • Young people aged 13 - 17 years old who would benefit from counselling support around any of the above issues.
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 or fortnightly 50 minute sessions with a trained counsellor skilled in working with various emotional problems from a variety of approaches.

If you are currently receiving support from Psychiatric/ Psychological Services, we might need to make contact with them but will initially discuss this with you.



How to access the Counselling service

We offer Counselling services to both adults and young people. We accept self-referrals and GP referrals; for all other health professionals and services, they will need to complete an initial referral form.

There is currently a waiting list for counselling. You can find out more about the waiting list and the service by phoning  0141 211 6700.






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.