Donna Harris MBACP
Colliton Street Psychotherapy Services
1 Colliton Street
Are you struggling with strong feelings or troubling thoughts? Do you feel overwhelmed or isolated? Are you unsure whether to try therapy because you don’t know what you need and whether it will help?
I offer a free, no-obligation, initial session so that we might discuss what is troubling you and how therapy might be able to help you.
I offer a supportive and confidential space within which we work through things at your pace. I listen with warmth and respect and without judgement. Having someone listen patiently, without an agenda, who really hears you, can be healing in itself. However, you may also wish to explore or make sense of what you are struggling with and I can help to facilitate that process. This may enhance your awareness of yourself, how you relate to others, and how you react to other aspects of your environment. You may see your situation from different perspectives and become aware of choices you didn't think you had.
Should you decide to make changes, I can support you in accessing your own resources to do so.
Where change does not feel feasible or desirable, we can explore ways to better cope with your discomfort or distress.
People come to therapy for many different reasons. Its impossible to give an exhaustive list but you may be seeking help for one or more of the following:
Problems in your day to day life (e.g. regarding work, health or relationships)
Struggling to cope with traumatic events or experiences in your present or past (e.g. the death of a loved one, childhood abuse, involvement in an accident).
Loss of a sense of meaning or purpose in life
Loss of identity
To gain a better understanding of yourself, as a basis for self-development
Or, you may not know why you feel the way you do.
Whatever issue/s you bring, your therapy journey is unique and personal and there is no right or wrong.
You don't have to know from the outset what you want from therapy or how you want to achieve it; we can explore what feels best for you as we go along. I am trained in several approaches in counselling and psychotherapy so that I am able to adapt the therapy to you rather than the other way around.
**Contact me by phone, text or email to arrange your free initial consultation**
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
Prior to my therapy training I obtained a DPhil in Ecology (University of Oxford). I find that this background gives me a broad awareness of how the many aspects of an individual's environment, both past and present, might interact to influence who and how a person is today.
I have worked for two services supporting people with anxiety, panic, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and depression. I have also worked as a crisis counsellor 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)
Free 30-minute initial session.
£40 per session thereafter.
I offer weekly sessions of 50 minutes duration. We can decide in advance on the number of sessions or see how things progress and finish when you are ready/when you wish.
Please feel free to contact me by phone, text or email with any questions or to arrange a no obligation introductory appointment.
If you get through to my voicemail please leave me a message and I will reply as soon as possible. I always ensure that I answer or make calls in a confidential environment.
I run my private practice from Colliton Street Psychotherapy Services in Dorchester, Dorset.
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