In counselling we believe that events in our lives and people who are part of our lives affect how we feel, how we think and what we do in life. Counselling is the opportunity to talk in confidence, with a person outside of your daily life, about anything that is troubling you. This might be; confusion, sadness, worry or anger, it might be about issues from the past, the present or concerns you have about your future.. The counsellor’s job is to listen to you and support you without judging you, they will not be tell you what to do. Counselling can help you find ways to change the way you feel, think and act. It can help you feel more in charge of your own life.
Art Therapy involves drawing, painting or sculpting in the presence of a therapist. You may be able to express or communicate feelings or thoughts that are difficult to put into words. The art therapist will work with you towards an understanding of issues and feelings that may underlie your current difficulties.
You do not have to be good at art and there is no right or wrong way to make art in therapy. Any mark or form made in art therapy is valued. The process of making art involves making decisions and may help you to become more aware of thoughts and feelings that were otherwise hidden. This process can be as important as the final picture of end result.
For most of us, there are times in our lives when we experience anxiety or distress. Sometimes such worries are due to current circumstances, for example bereavement, problems with relationships, or illness. Current problems may also stir up buried feelings about the past. Art therapy provides a safe, consistent space in which to examine such issues and feelings at your own pace. It is not always an easy process, but it may help you to make discoveries about yourself and enable you to make positive changes in your life.
Counselling at MYPAS is for anyone 12-18 years old, who lives, works or attends schools in Midlothian.
Art Therapy at MYPAS is for anyone 12 – 18 years old who lives, works or attends school in Midlothian
You can refer yourself to both services but will only be offered Counselling or Art Therapy. The counsellor or art therapist who offers you the first appointment can discuss with you which service might be most helpful.
Both services are free.
To ask for an appointment, please download a Request Form here or call MYPAS at 0131 454 0757. We will be very happy to send you a request form by post or by email. You should also be able to pick-up a request form Health Centres and School Guidance departments.
Counselling takes place at a pre-arranged time every week, in a private room without interruptions. Effort will be made to offer appointments at a time and place most suitable for you. We see young people in many different places in Midlothian.
• MYPAS , Tollbooth Hall in Dalkeith,
• Bonnyrigg Health Centre
• Eastfield Medical Practice
• Penicuik Medical Centre, Imrie Place
• Newbyres Medical Centre, Gorebridge
• Newbattle Medical Centre, Mayfield
It can happen that no rooms are available in the area you first request. The more flexible you can be with where you want to be seen, the easier it will be to arrange a first meeting.
“Sorted my head out!”
“I think everyone who needs help in their life should go to counselling as you can’t deal with everything on your own.”
“Good to have my thoughts and feelings spoken out loud.”
“I felt a lot happier with life in general after exploring my feelings.”
“I respond well to straight forward conversations, which is how the sessions were handled.”
“It helped me look at new ways of dealing with things.”
“It’s an amazing thing counselling – it’s hard work but it pays off. You realise you have a life to go out and enjoy.”