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About us

Counselling Information Trust is a registered charity. We used to be known as Alliance Counselling.
We are able to offer free or very low-cost counselling to people who cannot afford private counselling.
We have been in existence for over 8 years now, working from peaceful premises in Ashley Cross.
We see adults and young people (minimum age 16) and we also work with couples.
When you contact us, either by phone or email, we will arrange an initial assessment for you and that will enable us to decide if we think we are the best place for you, otherwise we will help you find somewhere more suitable.
We initially offer short-term counselling but there is also the potential to work longer term if we believe this would help you.
The counsellors who work for the service are very carefully chosen and we aim to provide the best possible service to our clients. As well as supervision for the counsellors there are also regular in house training sessions.

Training, qualifications & experience

All counsellors in the service are appropriately qualified and CRB checked, they are all members of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and receive regular supervision from BACP accredited supervisors.

Member organisations *

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


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.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Couples counselling
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Transactional analysis
  • Transpersonal psychology


There is no payment required if you cannot afford to pay.
Otherwise we negociate a donation with you based on what you can easily afford.


We offer appointments between 8am and 8pm, Mondays - Fridays

Further information

If you make contact with us by phone or email an appointment for an initial assessment can be made to determine whether this service is right for you.
We are in Ashley Cross and easily reached by public transport - bus or train. There is a public car park opposite our premises.

Lower Parkstone (Ashley Cross)
BH14 0JD

Key details

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Wheelchair user access

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.


Type of session

In person
Home visits
Counselling Information Trust (registered charity)

Counselling Information Trust (registered charity)