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Welcome to Compass Counselling Service

Since 1998, Compass has been helping people suffering from anxiety, stress, depression, family relationship problems, and bereavement: difficulties we can all encounter at different times in our lives.

Accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, and a registered charity, Compass provides quality counselling in a professional, confidential setting in quiet premises close to Lymington High Street, and serving the communities of South Hampshire and the New Forest.

What is Counselling?

Counselling, and psychotherapy, give you a space to talk openly, explore your feelings and gain new understanding. This can really help when you are feeling anxious, stressed, stuck in depression, experiencing difficulties at work, or struggling with conflicts in your family relationships. Talking things through with a professional counsellor or psychotherapist can enable you to gain the perspective you need in order to resolve things and move on.

A Counsellor is impartial and supportive. Counsellors have an understanding of emotional development and the problems faced by individuals and their families. They can help identify the area and source of a concern, and can aid the individual to come to terms with and manage difficulties. Your counsellor will be trained to listen and to help you understand your situation and find new ways to manage your difficulties.

Find out more about the different types of counselling we offer by Clicking Here

Could talking help you?

Most of us experience a time in our life when things become difficult. Sometimes things feel like they are too much to cope with. Talking things through with a trained counsellor or psychotherapist might help you if you:

* are unhappy, anxious or experience depression
* need to talk over painful recent or past events
* are having difficulty with close family members
* are dissatisfied with the quality of your relationships
* are feeling tense and insecure, puzzled about why you react as you do to events or to people
* want to relate more easily to others
* feel empty or isolated
*are struggling with bereavement or loss
* feel aimless about life

It’s hard to make lasting changes in your life, but seeing a counsellor at Compass can really make a difference.

Read more on our About Counselling and FAQ pages.

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Why should I choose Compass? Quality of Service

  • Compass is accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and works to their ethical framework. Our accreditation requires us to maintain high levels of professional practice. Visit the BACP website
  • Our counsellors are professionally trained and all receive regular clinical supervision by carefully selected and experienced supervisors.
  • Compass, covering Lymington and the New Forest area, is a member of the National Counselling Network.

The National Counselling Network (NCN) is an association of BACP or BPC Accredited centres which hold a common aim to offer high quality and professional counselling to their local communities. In addition to being psychodynamically oriented, members differentiate themselves from other organisations by delivering professional, affordable/low cost counselling and ensuring that new clients are seen in a relatively short timeframe. See the NCN website

What people have said about us:

  • "Not only do I feel totally different, but my relations with other people have changed."
  • "My counsellor listened and made thought provoking observations which enabled me to see and change behaviour patterns which were negative."
  • "Increased confidence, allowed me the space/time to think and discuss important decisions in my life to achieve my goals and make progress."
  • "The welcome is most friendly and the atmosphere calming."
  • "I was nervous, now I'm looking forward to coming again."
  • "It is a warm safe place, with non-judgemental counsellors who are extremely well qualified and trained."
  • "It has enabled me to change quite profoundly . Not only do I feel totally different, but my relations with other people have changed."
  • "The counselling has helped me to understand myself and made me a stronger, more confident person. It has improved my relationship with my husband. I feel a better and happier person".

Find out more on our About Compass page

How much does it cost?

Compass is affordable too. As a charity, we don't charge fixed fees, but will discuss your fee with you, according to your circumstances.

Book an appointment

If you are looking for a counsellor in the Lymington, New Forest or Hampshire area, call us to book an initial consultation.

By phone - 01590 674011

The Compass telephone line is manned between 10-4pm on Mondays and 9-1pm Tuesdays to Fridays. Outside of these times, please be prepared to leave a contact number which you are happy for us to use and some convenient times when we can call you back. We will return your call the next day, excluding weekends.

See full details about costs and appointments on our Appointments Page


Compass is a registered charity which offers counselling services at a reduced fee for those in the local community who would otherwise not be able to afford it.

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We are always in need of funds to help us continue our vital work. Use the button below to make a donation either through your paypal account, or with your credit/debit card.

Student Placements

Compass offers placements for: -

  • Fully qualified counsellors.
  • Student counsellors who have reached an appropriate level in their training and wish to increase their experience and hours.

    Successful applicants will have the opportunity to work in an organisation that works to high professional standards with free weekly supervision and good opportunities for professional development.

    To apply or find out more, send an email or telephone the office on 01590 674011.

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    A Safe Place to Talk

    Compass Counselling Service (New Forest) Ltd
    Registered in England No: 3652513 Charity No: 1078724
    Registered Office: Compass House, 50 Gosport Street,
    Lymington, Hants SO41 9BB

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