023 8063 0219 support@optionswellbeing.co.uk Office Opening Hours 9.00am - 5.00pm - Appointment hours flexible to suit your needs, including evenings until 8PM.

Counselling & Therapy

We’re here for you

Options provides a range of professional and affordable one to one and group counselling and wellbeing services.  From Anxiety, Stress and Depression to Addiction, Trauma and Life Changing events, we’re here for you.

How can we help?

Free counselling for social care workers Southampton

We've launched a new completely free support service for social care workers in Southampton, whose mental health and wellbeing have been affected by their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Options provide specialist treatment for gambling, alcohol and gaming addictions - from recognising the signs, understanding triggers, one to one and group support. If you think you may require support or know someone who would benefit, please get in touch.

Answers to frequently asked questions

What is counselling and how will it help me?

Counselling offers you a safe, confidential place to talk about your life and anything that may be confusing, painful or uncomfortable. It allows you to talk with someone who is trained to listen attentively and to help you improve things. A counsellor will not tell you what to do or judge you, but always try to understand things from your point of view, and support you to find your own answers.

Does counselling and therapy work?

Different people will get different results from their therapy experience. Recent studies from the International Centre for Clinical Excellence showed that 80% of clients in Counselling and Therapy end up better off than those who didn’t seek help.

How much does it cost?

Assessment £30

Prices for 1:1 counselling start from £40 for face to face or online sessions (50 mins).

Counselling fee payment plan*:

6 sessions £200 (pay for 5 get one free)

12 sessions £375

*Fee payment plans require payment in advance and are non-refundable if sessions are not used, however any unused sessions will be ‘banked’ for a period of a year

Prices for Couples counselling sessions start from £60 per couple per hour for face to face or online sessions.

I am unable to pay full cost for services, is there any support available for me?

Options Wellbeing has been providing affordable counselling to communities across Southern England for over 50 years. Our goal is to make our rates affordable and services accessible to everyone, and so if you aren’t able to afford the full rate (as described above), then we have the following discounted rates available to you dependant on your individual financial circumstances.

Importantly, as a charity, your fees helps us to keep the service running at Options, and it also shows value in the counselling process you enter into.

Here are our discounted rates:

Household Income      Initial Assessment               Discounted Rate per Session 

(Normal Rate)                          £30.00                                              £40.00

£20,000 - £29,999                  £10.00                                               £25.00

£10,000 - £19,999                   £10.00                                                £15.00

Less than £10,000/

*In Receipt of benefits             £10.00                                               £10.00

* Universal Credit, Job Seekers Allowance, Housing Benefit, Discounted Council Tax-sight of document to be shown to Options staff required

If these discounted rates are still unachievable we can make an application to the SCiA Action fund to top up the fees you can afford and pay.  However, this may cause a delay to entering the service due to the time the process takes for an outcome to be agreed.

Please call us on 023 8063 0219 to discuss this further and answer any questions that you may have. Including discounted rates for couples therapy if required.

Do you offer online counselling?

Yes, absolutely! Since the COVID pandemic began, we have been offering our services online, as well as over the phone.

If you prefer to have your sessions face-to-face we are now able to offer this again at our venues in Basingstoke, Bournemouth and Southampton.

What types of counselling do you offer?

Our practitioners can use a wide range of therapeutic interventions as described below to help you achieve the best possible outcomes:

  • Transactional Analysis                         
  • Person centred approach/self help  
  • Integrative Person Centred therapy
  • Integrative Person Centred therapy - compassion and addiction
  • CBT                                                 
  • Children & Families social work/safeguarding
  • Gestalt                                                 
  • Mindfulness                                     
  • Meditation                                     
  • Transpersonal                                     
  • Groupwork                                     
  • Dual diagnosis                                     
  • Hypnotherapy                                     
  • Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP)
  • Motivational Interviewing              
  • Life Coaching                          
  • Clean Language                           
  • Creative Therapy                          
  • Sand Tray Therapy                          
  • Art Therapy                                     
  • Reiki                                                 
  • General Mental Health Interventions

Where are you based?

We have two hubs across southern England – in Bournemouth and in Southampton.

How can you help me with my wellbeing and personal development?

How can you help me with my wellbeing and personal development?

Our skilled and experienced practitioners work with you using a range of methods to identify and achieve wellbeing and personal development /professional goals. Specific examples of how we can help are:

  • Personal growth/development
  • Life coaching/forming and realising life goals
  • Behaviour change (lifestyles)
  • Low self-esteem and confidence
  • Workplace/career development
  • Navigating life changes/managing transitions
  • Conflict resolution
  • Protecting mental health/understanding mental health

Visit our Personal Development and Wellbeing page to find out more!

Can I meet other people in similar situations?

Come and join our topic-based group sessions with other people in similar situations. We work with you face to face or online in a small group environment (up to six people) to develop techniques that help to manage your wellbeing effectively.

Are you concerned for someone?
Call us on 023 8063 0219 or start a live chat today.