Couple Counselling Lothian was founded in 1945 as part of the UK-wide marriage guidance movement of the 1930s. Edinburgh’s foundation was delayed by World War II but it was the first of its kind in Scotland. It became a registered charity in 1946 and a company limited by guarantee in 1988.
On 29 February 2016, in recognition of the ever-widening range of services offered and its progressive approach to understanding relationships, the charity changed its name to Bright Light.
It is now the largest provider of relationship counselling in Scotland, offering a comprehensive range of services throughout the Lothians.
We currently offer appointments from premises in Edinburgh, Livingston, Dalkeith and Tranent.
Bright Light is committed to providing a range of high-quality professional therapeutic and educational services for adults, children and young people and their wider families who are experiencing relationship difficulties. We provide these services regardless of race, religion, gender and ability to pay.
As well as helping those who are thinking of staying together, separating or dealing with divorce we see many people whose relationship has ended and who want to explore the issues around forming new relationships.
Our family therapy service is available for people of all ages who have family concerns, and we have a specific counselling service for young people between the ages of 11 and 18 who are worried about their parents divorcing, separation or conflict and/or having difficulties with a step-parent.
We also provide a sexual therapy service for couples who are experiencing specific sexual difficulties.