Dr Donna Harris MBACP
In my practice I offer a safe, confidential space within which we work through things at your pace. I listen without judgement and respond with sensitivity and honesty. I see myself as a fellow traveller, alongside you, helping you to describe and understand your experience.
Depending on the reason/s you are seeking therapy, and what you feel comfortable with, we may concentrate on your present circumstances or we may explore your past experiences and relationships. Often therapy involves a mixture of both because our present selves are usually strongly influenced by our past. Exploring the past might help us to identify any patterns of thinking, feeling or behaving that made sense historically but that might be unhelpful or limiting in your present life.
As your insight and awareness grow you may choose to make some changes in your life and I can support you through that process. Where change does not feel desirable or feasible we could work towards cultivating some acceptance of the discomfort or distress in your life. Sometimes the way we react to thoughts, emotions and sensations can be a large part of the problem. Being aware of, but less reactive to, difficult internal experiences can be very liberating.
Above all your therapy journey is very personal and individual and there is no right or wrong. As an integrative therapist I am able to draw from several therapeutic approaches, integrating them in a way that is unique to you. This means that we can work together to help you to engage in life in the way that is the most meaningful and satisfactory to you.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP)
- Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling (BACP Accredited), Iron Mill College, Exeter
- Certificate in Counselling, Iron Mill College, Exeter
Some examples of recent Continuing Professional Development training:
- Identity: Can you tell me who I am? - BACP Private Practice Conference
- Supercharging CBT for complex OCD - Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma, Maudsley Hospital
- Abuse and trauma counselling skills - Dorset Action on Abuse
In addition to my training as a therapist I have a DPhil in Ecology (University of Oxford). This way of thinking certainly feels relevant to my therapy practice as we explore the potential influences of past and present relationships and experiences. There are many factors that affect who we are and how we are.
I have worked with clients experiencing a broad range of issues. I have worked for two separate services supporting people with anxiety, panic, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and depression. I have also worked as a counsellor for a 24hr crisis line and for a University Counselling Service. In addition to my private work I am a therapist for the Dorchester Trust for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Gender dysphoria
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
I offer a free 30-minute consultation session
The main purpose of this session is for us to discuss your reasons for seeking therapy and establish whether I might be the right person to help you. I will be able to answer any questions you might have. This is very much a two-way process as it is important that you feel comfortable with me and the way we might work together before we go ahead.
Subsequent sessions are £40 per 50 minutes
I offer weekly sessions of 50 minutes duration. We may agree to review or end the therapy after a specified number of sessions or the therapy can be open-ended, it’s your choice.
Please feel free to contact me by phone, text or email with any questions or to arrange a no obligation introductory appointment.
If I am unable to answer my phone, please leave a voicemail message and I will reply as soon as possible. I always ensure that I answer or make calls in a confidential environment.
I work from therapy rooms in central Dorchester, Dorset.
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