The Oaks Counselling Service
When we are experiencing problems or are in distress, it can be helpful to talk to somebody who can help you explore our thoughts, feelings and struggles in a confidential, supportive environment.
Counselling can help provide a fresh perspective on your life and circumstances, especially when problems feel overwhelming, or you feel stuck.
Who are we?
We are a local counselling charity offering professional counselling. We believe that each person is unique, and our counsellors seek to enable people to come to a place of permanent, positive change and freedom in their daily lives.
Where are the counselling appointments?
We offer sessions at various locations in the Poole and Bournemouth area. The venue will depend on factors, such as convenience of travel and availability of counsellors. Our counselling venues are in BH6, BH7, BH9, BH14, BH15 and BH22.
Training, qualifications & experience
Our dedicated team of counsellors are either fully qualified or in the final stage of qualifying for a diploma or degree in counselling, and are either accredited, or working towards this status. They receive regular supervision from a qualified supervisor.
As members of a professional body, either the ACC (Association of Christian Counsellors) or the BACP, they abide by the relevant Ethical Framework for Good Practice.
As an organisation, we are affiliated to the Association of Christian Counsellors, and are committed to providing a professional, confidential service.
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Areas of counselling we deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
The cost of the initial assessment is £15; for subsequent sessions, there is a charge of £35 for individuals or £40 for couples.
We will consider hardship cases. If the cost would prevent you coming for counselling, please complete the bursary application form ( see www.oakscounselling.org.uk/forms/ ) and return it to us before your first appointment. We would not wish that anyone be refused counselling for lack of money.
The best way to get in touch with us is through our website www.oakscounselling.org.uk
Alternatively you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call or text us on 07580 502179.
We pick up messages regularly, and will usually reply within 24 hours (longer at weekends).
We will ask you to tell us some further information about yourself and your situation via our confidential online form, which you can find at www.oakscounselling.org.uk/forms/. The information you give us allows us to match you with a suitable counsellor, who will then contact you to arrange an initial assessment.
The initial assessment helps to determine whether counselling is right for you. (Counselling may not be right at the present time, for example, if you are receiving help, or about to receive help, from another service.) The initial assessment is an exploratory session when you can meet the counsellor and explain and discuss your issues in more detail. At this stage there is no commitment either way to continue with counselling.
Once counselling starts you will normally see your counsellor either weekly or fortnightly for sessions of around one hour.
Maps & Directions
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Types of client