The Oaks Counselling Service

The Oaks Counselling Service



07580 502179

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07580 502179

About us

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.

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 Boscombe, Southbourne, Iford, Parley Cross, Bear Cross, Westbourne, Ferndown, Corfe Mullen and Horton Heath.

Training, qualifications & experience

Our 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.

Member organisations *


Accredited register membership

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


The cost of the initial assessment is £15; for subsequent sessions, there is a charge of £35 for individuals or £40 for couples.

We are often able to offer a lower fee to those with financial difficulties. If the cost would prevent you coming for counselling, please go to our website and complete the online bursary application form which you will find below the background information form ( see ). We would not wish that anyone be refused counselling for lack of money.

Further information

Booking an appointment

We ask you to tell us some further information about yourself and your situation via our confidential online form, which you can find at 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 is an exploratory session when you can meet the counsellor and explain and discuss your issues in more detail. The initial assessment helps to determine whether counselling is right for you, and at this stage there is no commitment either way to continue with counselling.

General enquiries

For general enquiries, please email us via the email button below, or via our website, or call us on 07580 502179. We pick up messages regularly, and will usually reply within 24 hours (longer at weekends).

Maps & Directions

Bournemouth, BH6
Poole, BH14

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified

Types of client

Young people
Older adults