About us

Options Wellbeing Trust is a local charity with over 40 years experience. We offer daytime and evening appointments at our centres in Southampton (Shirley), Basingstoke, Portsmouth (Southsea) and Milton Keynes.

Options Counselling

Options counselling service provides individuals aged 18 and over who need counselling support for any number of issues from life changing decisions to the smallest, seemingly insignificant aspects of everyday life which can leave someone feeling confused, depressed and unhappy.

Our comfortable and private counselling rooms offer a safe environment where clients are able to explore issues and feelings safely and thus act as a springboard for fresh thinking and behaviours for a brighter future.

Free Gambling counselling

In partnership with GamCare, Options provides FREE professional counselling for anyone affected by problem gambling at all of our centres for anyone aged 16 or over.

Training, qualifications & experience

Our counsellors are qualified and experienced professionals who provide confidential one to one counselling using a range of approaches, including use of CBT techniques, for a wide variety of issues including Depression, Stress & Anxiety, Relationships, Loss and Bereavement, Addictions, Eating Disorders and many more.

All Options experienced counsellors have been professionally trained, and work in line with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) framework for good practice, and receive regular clinical supervision to ensure the highest quality of service is maintained.
Options is an organisational member of the BACP.

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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.

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Additional information

Options General Counselling Service fees are set at not for profit rates as we are a registered charity.
Assessment appointments £25
50 minute regular appointments £40
Payment plans are available.

Options Problem gambling counselling service is  FREE with up to 12 appointments offered.

Further information

Options also offers training and development services around mental health and wellbeing for local organisations and businesses at not for profit rates. All our trainers are either qualified counsellors or mental health specialists. Get in touch with us for further information.

Options Wellbeing Trust
147 Shirley Road
SO15 3FH

51 Hackwood Road
RG21 3AE

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Additional languages

Varies - please ask


Options Wellbeing Trust

Options Wellbeing Trust