Affordable Therapy

Stress? Worry? Addiction? EDAS offer one-on-one counselling support available in person and online.

Need To Talk?

Access our counselling service, delivered by professional Therapists and Wellbeing Practitioners, working and communicating with you to ensure the best possible outcome. EDAS provides personal and confidential support for: - Addiction - Stress & Anxiety - Depression - Family & Relationship Issues - Trauma & Grief - Nutrition & Personal Training

What Is Counselling?
What Is Counselling?

What Is Counselling?

Counselling is the process of talking through emotions, behaviours and life events with a professional, who is trained to support you and help make sense of things. Counselling sessions are weekly and usually last for 50 or 55 minutes. Our therapists specialise in a range of counselling techniques, such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Art Psychotherapy and Person-entered Therapy (Humanistic). Some of our practitioners also offer a blended, integrative approach. Our counsellors will provide a safe space for you to talk through your issues in a confidential, non-judgemental and trusting environment.

How It Works

Subscribing to EDAS First Connect Counselling provides access to our online platform and our experienced team. Choose to see your therapist in person at our private offices in Poole, Dorset, or speak to them online. Use the platform to keep a private Progress Journal and explore a host of personalised EDAS resources and exercises alongside your sessions. Once you have subscribed you will be able to choose a therapist to suit you and they will reach out to book your first counselling session.

Weekly Private Counselling Sessions

Face to face, telephone or video call, whichever is more convenient.

Our awesome features
Keep a Private Journal

Keep track of your thoughts and log your progress. You can keep it private or share with your Therapist.

Our awesome features
Self-Care Resources

Explore your own library of useful therapeutic resources provided by your Therapist.

Our awesome features

Our Therapists

EDAS First Connect Counselling provides access to a range of Therapists ready and available to support you with a variety of issues. Meet our amazing team and see who might suit you.

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Simple Pricing. Great Value.

With therapy costs rising all the time, we aim to offer a reasonably priced and accessible service. One simple joining process provides access to the entire EDAS First Connect Counselling Service.

Wellbeing Practitioner Support
£130 / month
  • Weekly one-on-one therapy sessions
  • Direct communication with an EDAS-trained Wellbeing Practitioner (see therapists above)
  • Access to the EDAS First Connect app
  • Billed at £130 monthly
  • Subscribe monthly for as long as you need
  • Cancel your subscription at any time
  • Ask us about Financial Aid options
Accredited Therapist Support
£160 / month
  • Weekly one-on-one therapy sessions
  • Direct communication with an Accredited Practitioner (see therapists above)
  • Experienced professionals approved by the EDAS service
  • Access to the EDAS First Connect app
  • Billed at £160 monthly
  • Subscribe monthly for as long as you need
  • Cancel your subscription at any time

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some quick answers to common questions that clients ask about the EDAS First Connect therapy service.

EDAS is a charity based in Dorset that offers therapeutic support to adults and young people throughout the UK affected by any addiction and/or mental distress. EDAS also offers a variety of accredited training and diplomas to those looking to take either their first steps in a career in care, or those who want to strengthen their existing knowledge.

Once you’ve signed up to the service, choose a Therapist that is best suited to support your needs. If, at any time, you feel like you would prefer to work with someone else, we can match you with a different Therapist without issue.

EDAS follows a strict practice and is an affiliate member of Addictions Professionals Registration Body and Network. All staff have been rigorously interviewed and have full DBS checks completed. Our team consists of a range of professionals requiring either a minimum Level 4 Advanced Counselling Diploma, a Level 3 Practitioner in Substance Misuse qualification or are BACP accredited Counsellors. We work under guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). All staff are required to undertake regular clinical supervision to ensure safe practice is being provided.

EDAS will be suitable for you if you are seeking to make positive changes in your life. Such as change your behaviours, overcome stress or grief, learn to set boundaries, manage addictions etc.  EDAS will NOT be suitable for you if:  - You require urgent medical care  - You have an urgent mental health need that requires crisis support  - You need to fulfil a court ordered Alcohol Treatment Requirement (ATR) or Drug Rehabilitation Requirement (DRR)  - You are seeking funding support for inpatient or residential rehabilitation treatment  - You are seeking a mental health diagnosis or a prescription for medication

An auto-renew subscription is billed monthly at either £130 or £160 per month depending on the type of therapy you choose. There is no limit to how long you can engage with First Connect. Some people tend to find that after 3 months they are ready to move on. You can cancel your monthly subscription at any time with no additional cost and without explanation. Upon cancellation, you will be billed for the full month period in which you cancel. If you cannot afford this, please speak to a member of the team as a limited number of charity spaces may be available.

Information shared during therapy sessions is strictly confidential and is not shared to any person outside of the EDAS organisation and / or the Therapist’s Clinical Supervisor. Staff are bound to a duty of care, meaning that they are permitted to break confidentiality should they feel that:  - You are at risk of seriously harming yourself  - You are at risk of seriously harming another person, including children and strangers  - You are at risk of being seriously harmed by another person The main limitations of confidentiality in therapy in the UK: If a client discloses involvement in, or information about acts of terrorism, the Therapist is legally obliged to inform the authorities, and cannot inform the client of their intention to do so.

Our therapy rooms are located at our offices at 54a Ashley Road, Poole, Dorset BH14 9BN. If you are able to make it to our offices we will be able to facilitate in person meetings. Please let your therapist know if any special requirements.



Contact Us

If you have any questions about EDAS First Connect please check out our FAQ or contact us directly using the following contact form.

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