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 *
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
Areas of counselling we deal with
Concessions offered for
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.
When we work
Please email for availability
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/. 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 07493 516997 . We pick up messages regularly, and will usually reply within 24 hours (longer at weekends).