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 unhelpful coping behaviours and associated life issues such as Anxiety, Stress and Depression to Relationships, Trauma and Life-Changing events, we’re here for you.

Contact us to book an initial assessment to find out if our services are right for you. Get in touch to start your journey today.

How can we help?

 By telephone


Face to face at one of our hubs

Need our help?

Book a free confidential 20 minute telephone consultation with one of our co-ordinators to see if our services would be right for you.

Issues that we work with

Our experienced and professional counsellors can support people with a wide range of issues, including:

  • Abuse (Emotional, Domestic, Financial, Physical,
  • Anxiety 
  • Anger Management
  • Bereavement, Loss & Grief counselling
  • Confidence & Self-Esteem
  • Couples Therapy / Relationship Counselling / Marriage
  • Depression & Low Mood
  • Eating Disorders (including Anorexia nervosa,
         Binge eating disorder, Bulimia nervosa)
  • Disordered Eating (Emotional eating, unhealthy
         behaviours and relationship with food)
  • Gender & Gender Reassignment
  • Infertility
  • LGBTQ+ counselling
  • Life Changes
  • Miscarriage
  • OCD
  • Panic Attacks
  • Phobias
  • PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
  • Self-harm
  • Stress (including workplace stress)
  • Trauma (and Complex Trauma)
  • Transitions
  • Unhelpful Coping Behaviours
Workplace Wellbeing

We understand that a positive work environment is essential for productivity, engagement, and overall job satisfaction. With our comprehensive solutions, we can help to create a culture that Thrives.

Walk & Talk Therapy

Want to get outside and benefit from a more relaxed and informal, socially distant support environment? Try outdoor therapy in a less formal atmosphere that can often include bringing nature and movement into sessions.

Southampton Counselling Office
Counselling in Southampton & Bournemouth

We offer counselling, therapy and wellbeing support for a range of issues. Get in touch with us to find out more about our services and see if we can help.

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?

Initial assessment (50mins) - £30

Individual counselling session (50mins) - £45 

Student counselling session (50mins) - £30

Couples counselling session (1hr) - £70

Couples counselling session (1.5hrs) - £95

CBT-e therapy session – please contact us for more details

Disordered / Emotional Eating counselling session (50mins) - £45

Life Coaching/Health Coaching session (1hr) - £45

Life Coaching/Health Coaching session (1.5hrs) - £60

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. If you aren’t able to afford the full rate (as described above), then we offer discounted rates, available on a case by case basis, dependent 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.

If you are in receipt of financial support* we may be able to offer a discounted rate for individual counselling:

Initial Assessment - £30.00                                 

Counselling per session - £30.00

*We can offer a discounted rate if you are receiving Universal Credit or are a Student - sight of documents may be required to be shown to Options Wellbeing staff.


Please call us on 023 8063 0219 to discuss this further and answer any questions that you may have.

As a charity it is our aim to ensure that people receive the support as and when they need it and in an accessible way. We are always seeking to offer support to those who need it and welcome partnerships and donations to enable us to continue supporting our local communities.

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 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:

  • Integrative Person Centred therapy
  • CBT
  • Transactional Analysis
  • Person centred approach/self help  
  • EMDR      
  • Gestalt                            
  • Mindfulness                    
  • Meditation                      
  • Transpersonal                
  • Group work                     
  • Dual diagnosis                
  • Hypnotherapy                 
  • Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP)
  • Motivational  Interviewing            
  • Life Coaching                 
  • Clean Language            
  • Creative Therapy            
  • General Mental Health Interventions

Where are you based?

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

We cover all areas across Dorset, including:

  • Bournemouth
  • Poole
  • Westbourne
  • Christchurch
  • Southbourne
  • Dorchester
  • many more areas.

We also cover all areas across Hampshire, including:

  • Southampton
  • Portsmouth
  • Winchester
  • Basingstoke
  • Eastleigh
  • Totton
  • and many more

If you're unsure about face-to-face counselling, we offer support online or over the phone too.

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.