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Heads Up

We know that life can be challenging and sometimes those challenges can seem relentless. You might feel that you are all on your own with your problems, or you might feel like you are in a rut and not able to cope for much longer, or only cope by doing the things that don’t actually help – like eating more, or drinking more, or maybe hiding away from people.

The good news is that you are not on your own and help is available - here at Health All Round - and If we can’t help with your particular issues, we can tell you about other good quality services available in Edinburgh (and there are lots of them!)

We will help you to decide the best way forward when you register for our Heads Up service.

Who can benefit?

Anyone experiencing issues such as:

Low mood/ Depression

Anxiety & Panic


Anger & irritability

Difficulty maintaining relationships

Problems at work due to stress

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Head's Up services include:

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT):

Sometimes we have a tendency to think in ways that are not actually helpful to us. This can be particularly problematic if we have been going through a tough time in our lives. Sometimes we start to feel that we have no control over what happens to us and there is nothing we can do to make life better. CBT can help you to address these unhelpful thinking styles and take a more hopeful and positive approach to managing life.

At Health All Round we offer a mix of group and one to one support which includes counselling and CBT. You will start with an initial assessment session and we will work with you to decide the best course of action to meet your particular needs.


You may be offered counselling as part of your Head's Up package of support. This will usually be offered after you have completed one or both of our CBT courses.

Counselling is a one to one service to help you identify problematic issues and recognise your strengths and resources. This may include reflection on past events and your counsellor will support you through this process without judging you or telling you what you should or shouldn’t do.

Counselling can help you to:

Identify problematic issues

Deal with difficult feelings and develop strategies to reduce risk

Identify and develop effective coping skills for everyday life

Manage relationships with others

Understand and accept yourself as you are

Develop self – compassion

Move forward and do the things you want to do in life

“It made a big difference to me emotionally. I feel in a much better place, it has increased my confidence to speak up.”

“I have made huge strides towards becoming my own person as a whole. I feel normal again. Thank you.”

“I try and look at things differently now, my counsellor helped me to do that. I try to be more positive, see a different perspective.”

“I am able to complete things. I struggle with punctuality and dropping out of things. My counsellor worked with me on this & enabled me to complete the courses on offer.”

Courses and Workshops:

Managing Low Mood & Anxiety – An eight week course running throughout the year to help you develop a more balanced way of thinking about problems and issues and feel more able to manage life's more challenging times. We will help you identify and address unhelpful thinking styles that increase your anxiety, lower your mood and prevent you from doing the things you want to do in life.

Workshops - A range of workshops run throughout the year, including: Mindfulness; Managing Anger; Communication and Assertiveness.

We understand that the idea of groups like this can be daunting, especially if you are already feeling very anxious. However courses are accompanied by one to one support and many people have benefitted from this approach over the years. Participants often say that, despite their initial anxiety, they find it really helpful meeting others with similar problems to themselves - they feel less isolated and relieved by the fact that they are not the only ones struggling to keep going and keep their heads up!

Courses and workshops are run online during periods of lockdown with one to one support being offered by telephone or Zoom. Otherwise they run from Tynecastle High School Community Wing in comfortable, spacious rooms and a quiet café area that people can retreat to whenever they like. There is no pressure to speak or share unless you are comfortable with the idea of doing that, the on-line courses have a chat facility only - you can discuss more personal issues in the follow up one to one session.

“I have come on leaps and bounds. My GP believes I am ready to apply for jobs and I have an interview next week. My journey through depression and anxiety would not have improved without the Health All Round groups. The group, for me was far more beneficial than one to one sessions. I am now walking and exercising every day. I feel much stronger in body and soul. I feel like my old self.”

“My life has got a more meaningful sense. I take every day these baby steps towards my new goals and I am heading in the right direction. Thank you so much for your help when I most needed it.”

“My anxiety and stress levels have dropped dramatically. I am more aware and mindful of triggers and behaviours that cause my anxiety levels to increase.”

“It’s been life changing. I’ve had counselling from four different services and it didn’t help. CBT has been challenging but I’ve felt the benefit immensely.”

Mindfulness and Ecotherapy:

Mindfulness and ecotherapy are also available through the Head's Up programme. Mindfulness is the practice of being actively and purposefully aware of the present moment, with a sense of openess, kindness and non-reactivity.

Recent scientific evidence has proven that regular practice of mindfulness can be beneficial for relieving stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia. It may also help to increase our ability to cope with life's challenges, reduce feelings of powerlessness and increase our sense of wellbeing.

Ecotherapy is a broad term that refers to all kinds of therapeutic activities, including therapeutic gardening or forest schools. The ecotherapy provided through Head's Up is essentially mindfulness in nature. Our aim is to help you take a break from your worries by tuning in to the natural world, improving relaxation and promoting mental wellbeing. You don't need to go far, or make special trips, all exercises are designed to help you make the most of what's available on your doorstep (or even out of an open window). Ecotherapy is delivered by phone or Zoom during periods of lockdown.

“I would like to thank you Stephen for your hard work and understanding. I now have a huge appreciation of my surroundings, ie the wind, water, colour, smell, trees, and this makes my daily walks more interesting and fulfilling. I simply feel more at peace and happier all round.”

“I wondered if I'd feel self-conscious going out on my own and doing the exercises, but I just felt calm. It's lovely, very soothing. I'd never even heard of ecotherapy before and it just makes so much sense, it's fascinating.”

“The tasks focussing on my senses when I'm outdoors and paying attention to things happening in nature have made a difference to me both physically as well as emotionally. The chronic pain I go through hasn't been bothering me as much since I started ecotherapy”

"The two day mindfulness course was life changing for me. The hands on exercises and vital advice turned my life around and promoted self empowerment I have never felt before. A lot of my bad habits stopped happening and it was easier for me to manage them. I feel gently lifted from my past traumatic experiences, ready to face what's coming next."

"The relaxation and body scanning activities were most beneficial and I liked how the facilitator respected our feedback and explained what it was we experienced physiologically."

"I am extremely grateful for having the opportunity to guided, practical mindfulness with such an excellent tutor."

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Additional one to one services:


Research suggests that there is a powerful connection between the body and mind, and hypnotherapy can allow you to capitalise on this bond to address the symptoms of a number of health concerns. Hypnotherapy has been shown to be a highly beneficial alternative pain management intervention for back pain, headaches and other types of chronic pain, and its stress relief benefits can reduce symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and other medical conditions.

Hypnotherapy can also help you give up bad habits or adopt new habits that will help you to lead a healthier life, to tackle minor phobia’s , improve sleep and combat insomnia.

I have stopped smoking now, for almost a full year, and I don’t feel the desire to smoke again.. I was a heavy smoker for fifteen years. Now I feel like a non-smoker.”

Life Coaching:

Coaching offers you dedicated time and space to develop strategies to achieve personal or professional goals or address current challenges you are experiencing. The core premise of coaching is that people are capable and resourceful and have great capacity for change and growth within themselves.

Our fully trained coach has a toolbox of questions and processes that help generate self-discovery but, beyond that,  will always be in your corner offering a supportive, non-judgemental (but where appropriate challenging) environment to explore the changes you want to make. It is a collaborative relationship offering a safe haven where you identify your goals then design and implement action plans to achieve them.

How do I access Head's Up services?

To register for any Heads Up service please ring Maysoon on 07849136944 or 0131 337 1376. You will be asked to complete an assessment of your needs and mental wellbeing. It usually takes about half an hour to register. Please ring at the following times:

  • Monday 2pm – 4pm

  • Wednesday 10am – 2pm

How much does it cost?

There is no cost for the Heads Up courses or workshops but donations are appreciated.
For counselling , ecotherapy, life coaching and hypnotherapy, the following charges apply:

  • For people in receipt of benefits - No charge

  • For those who are working part time £15.00 per session

  • For those who are working full time £25.00 per session

  • Fast track service £40.00 per session (limited availability)

NB. If you are in debt or experiencing financial hardship please speak to a member of the Heads Up team.