Outdoor Therapy Service (Venture Trust)

Who is this for?

  • People aged between 16 and 24 years old, and ex-service personnel

Who provides this?

  • Venture Trust


Our free, confidential Outdoor Therapy Service is growing and is available to young people across Midlothian.

Our therapy team is experienced in working with young people facing many different issues. We have experience of working with people facing poor mental and emotional wellbeing, depression, anxiety, trauma, substance use, stress and relationship and family difficulties.  

What to expect:

12 weekly Outdoor Therapy sessions

These sessions take place in a green space chosen by the young person

Clients are supported by a professional counsellor or therapist to explore their thoughts, feelings and behaviours so that they can better understand themselves

What are the benefits?

  • Outdoor Therapy combines the benefits of time spent outdoors with professional therapy, making use of the physical health benefits of time spent in nature
  • Working outdoors allows clients to benefit from working therapeutically in nature, letting them make the most of opportunities to access embodied experiences, metaphors and the bodily regulating effects which occur
  • Outdoor Therapy may benefit people who have previously sought support through traditional therapeutic services or were not able to access services  

How do I access this?

  • Self-referrals
  • Referrals by third parties

If you have questions about outdoor therapy or want to find out more about this service for yourself or a potential referral, please email therapy@venturetrust.org.uk. To make a referral, please complete this online form: Outdoor Therapy Referral Form.

Is there a cost?


Is there a waiting list?

Waiting list is possible depending on demand

Location information

  • Public parking available

Opening times

Sessions may be delivered outside of these times if agreed between you and the therapist

Monday 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Tuesday9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Wednesday9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Thursday9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Friday9.00 am – 5.00 pm

Contact Details

Argyle House, 3 Lady Lawson Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9DR

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Types of support on offer:

Information and advice
Support in person
Support on the phone
Support with others

Type of services on offer:

Healthy living
Learning, employability, volunteering
Loneliness/isolated groups
Substance use

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