We believe that everyone needing counselling or psychotherapy should be able to access help regardless of their financial situation.

Since 2005, we have provided long-term, low-cost therapy to people living in Dorchester and the surrounding areas who are unable to afford private treatment, costs for which can range from £35-60 for a weekly session.

We have now changed the way in which we address that need and rather than providing a direct low fee service we are now enabling low-cost treatment via counsellors and psychotherapists who meet certain criteria and are committed to helping those otherwise unable to access longer term work.

We fund up to a year of weekly counselling sessions and clients pay what they can realistically afford, usually starting from just £15 per session. We can be flexible and allow for changes in circumstances so that clients could pay less or reduce their contribution in a crisis or if they are really struggling financially.

We offer financial support to provide treatment for up to a year as it can often take a long time to work through the issues affecting a client which can often be deep-rooted and complex.

Postcode Local Trust is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s
Postcode Lottery. Our organisation received £5,000 from the Trust to support our work providing low-cost long-term counselling. Please see ‘News’ for further details.