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About us

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.

We have verified that at least one professional at this organisation is registered with the relevant professional body.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Visual Impairment, Blindness, Sight Loss, Eye Sight Problems, Disability

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Couples counselling
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Transactional analysis


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.

Further information

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.

Bournemouth Society For The Visually Impaired
5 Victoria Park Road

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified


Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Bournemouth Society for the Visually Impaired Emotional Support Service

Bournemouth Society for the Visually Impaired Emotional Support Service