The Oaks Counselling Service
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.
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Areas of counselling we deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
The cost of an Initial assessment is £20; for subsequent sessions the fee is £40 for individuals or £60 for couples.
We are able to offer a reduced fee for a time limited period for those experiencing financial difficulties. This is periodically reviewed. We hope that this offers wider accessibility to those on limited incomes.
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 www.oakscounselling.org.uk/forms/. 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.
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
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As we operate from a range of venues, we do ask that you identify if accessibility is an issue.
Types of client