Access our online 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:
- Stress & Anxiety
- Family & Relationship Issues
- Trauma & Grief
- Nutrition and Personal Training
How It Works
Subscribing to EDAS First Connect provides access to our platform and our experienced team. Use the platform to arrange one-on-one talking therapy sessions, chat with your Therapist, keep a private Progress Journal and explore a host of personalised EDAS resources and exercises.
Weekly Private Counselling Sessions
Via chat messenger, telephone or video call, whichever is more convenient.
Message Your Therapist
Great for sharing spontaneous thoughts in-between sessions.
Keep a Private Journal
Keep track of your thoughts and log your progress. You can keep it private or share with your Therapist.
Explore your own library of useful therapeutic resources provided by your Therapist.
EDAS First Connect 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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With therapy costs rising all the time, we aim to offer a reasonably priced and accessible service at a significantly more affordable cost than the UK average rate.
One simple joining process provides access to the entire EDAS First Connect Service.
Wellbeing Practitioner Support
£130 / month
$0 / 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
Financial aid options available, contact us to find out more
Here are some quick answers to common questions that clients ask about the EDAS First Connect online therapy service.
What is EDAS?
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.
Who will support me?
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.
Are your therapists qualified?
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.
Is EDAS right for me?
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 treatment
- You are seeking a mental health diagnosis or a prescription for medication
- You do not have a device that can connect to the internet
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.
Is the service confidential?
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.
HEAR FROM OUR CLIENTS
"A place where I can go and not be pushed or judged... I always have a solution for my recovery."
"Emilio is brilliant - Fantastic Service."
"Don't think I'd have got this far if it wasn't for all the support that I have been given by all of the staff at EDAS. Thank you for everything you do for all."
"The service, warmth and non-judgment I receive from all the staff and clients here is second to none."
"My experience with support from EDAS has been life-changing for me. I am so happy I have using EDAS for support."
"I have an EDAS keyworker, he is very polite and really supportive. He has helped me so much to keep a positive mind on my journey with being a alcoholic."
"The staff are helpful and understanding. Great place."
"Struggling with life? Treating it with unapproved substances? Struggling for an answer? Try these guys, they will guide and support you however long it takes and be there for you FOREVER."
"To everyone at EDAS a huge thank you for saving my life. You all worked so hard to access the treatment I needed and continue to support me during my recovery process."
If you have any questions about EDAS First Connect please check out our FAQ or contact us directly using the following contact form.