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As of 21 March 2022, we are unable to process any more counselling referrals at this time. We will continue to monitor this situation and we will update these details when we are able to accommodate new referrals.

If we have already received your referral prior to this date, we will continue to process it. Please note, our current wait time is approximately 8 weeks from referral to starting sessions.

Alternative service providers that we recommend are Stop.Breathe.Think ( and Relate Counselling: 

Please note, we are not a crisis service. If you require urgent support with your mental health, please follow this link:

About our Counselling Service

Dorset Mind Your Head offer a free counselling service for 11–18-year-olds. Counselling falls under the umbrella term ‘talking therapies’ which can be a source of support if you are struggling with a mental health problem. Counselling often involves talking about your thoughts, feelings and experiences. 

 Sessions are one-to-one and either face-to-face or on video call where necessary, each session is allocated 50mins for a period of 6 weeks. If you are over 18 you will be referred to Dorset Mind’s adult services for counselling.   

Counselling is usually short-term and often focuses on finding solutions for a specific problem that you are struggling with now.  

We aim to cover Dorset, with various locations where you can access face to face support. You may be asked to travel. 

Sessions are run from a private and confidential space. Counsellors will be clear about what they are doing and why and you are free to ask them questions at any time. If you are for any reason uncomfortable with the service, please don’t hesitate to bring this to the attention of your counsellor. If you are unable to talk to your counsellor about an issue, please contact us directly at . 

 Current face to face locations include the following areas:  

  • Christchurch, Somerford Arc
  • Dorchester, The Coach House (Volunteer Centre Dorset)
  • Dorchester, Temple Hills
  • Ferndown, The Centre
  • Poole Town Centre

You can discuss your options further at your assessment.  

Why use counselling? 

Counselling provides a safe space for people to talk about their thoughts and feelings with a trusted adult. It is not unusual to struggle with how you feel, and a counsellor is trained to enable people to feel listened to and supported in a way that suits them best.

A counsellor will work with someone in a supportive way to help them understand and think about what is going on in their life, and discuss how they might make things better. 


“Before I was very lost, sad [and] couldn’t be bothered to carry on. Now I feel a lot more positive and more in control. I am excited for the future.”



  • Is a confidential and neutral service. 
  • Is provided by a trained professional who refrains from judgement. 
  • Helps you explore any problems you may be experiencing and supports you in finding coping strategies.
  •  Is suitable for lots of different things such as depression, anxiety, bereavement, bullying, anger, relationships, low self-esteem, eating disorders and self-harm. 

Counselling is there for you, so feel free to ask questions and try to be open and honest about how you feel. You can find out more about who you might be seeing on Our Team page.  

“I’m finding out more things about myself every day. I can ask for help now.”

Parents can find additional support for young people here.

Want to talk to someone now? 

For immediate access to online support, try Kooth – free, safe and anonymous online support for young people, or  Shout, free crisis text line for young people. 

For free live chat counselling, Relate and The Mix both offer a webchat with a trained counsellor. 

If you feel unable to stay safe, please seek immediate help from the emergency services on 999.  


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