Bournemouth Society for the Visually Impaired Emotional Support Service
It is often a huge shock to be told by your doctor that you have a serious sight problem that is unlikely to get better.The impact of this diagnosis and the life changes that may follow can cause emotional distress for the individual and their loved ones.
Talking to someone in confidence can help you deal with and understand these difficult emotions and feelings. Whether you have been newly diagnosed or have been living with a visual impairment for some time, here at the Bournemouth Society for the Visually Impaired we are able to offer one to one emotional support or formal counselling for all age groups, who are living with sight loss.
We recognise that family memebers and carers can also be hugely affected by a loved one's sight loss, so we are pleased to be able to offer one to one, gorup or family counselling / emotonal support sessions for families and carers who require some specialist support.
If you struggle to get to our premises in Moordown because of your sight loss, we are very pleased to be able to offer home visiting sessions within a 10 mile radius of our office.
Training, qualifications & experience
Our fully qualified counsellor, Marie Evans is a member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and holds a Diploma In Therapeutic Counselling and a Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills.
Member organisations *
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling we deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Visual Impairment, Blindness, Sight Loss, Eye Sight Problems, Disability
BSVI is a local registered charity and does not receive any government or lottery funding.
Marie is able to offer counselling / emotional support on a donation basis if clients are able to afford it with a suggested minimum amount of £5 per session.
We would be very pleased to hear from you if you would like some information on any issues related to visual impairment and how to make the most of your life or your loved one's life with sight loss.