Sarah Mackinnon

Sarah Mackinnon


07742 729 257 / 07483 814 656

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07742 729 257 / 07483 814 656

About me

You might be looking for therapy because of a recent trauma or difficulties in a relationship, or perhaps you have been depressed and struggling with life for a while and are just now wondering if therapy might help and if so how.

To begin with it is often helpful simply to share feelings, thoughts and memories that can be hard to manage on your own and can leave you feeling lonely and cut off. But therapy also connects what is happening now with unconscious feelings and experiences from the past and helps you to make sense of things that have puzzled you or that you have been ashamed about and had to keep secret. Usually this leads to a better acceptance and understanding of who you are and from that comes the strength to make any changes you might want.

Training, qualifications & experience

I completed a Diploma in Humanistic Counselling in 1997 and later trained in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at the Guild of Psychotherapists in London, qualifying in 2011. I am registered with UKCP.I have also completed the Guild of Psychotherapists training in Supervision.

Through previous roles in Supported Housing provision, I have experience of the difficulties of people living with a mental health diagnosis, and with physical and learning difficultues. As a counsellor and therapist I have worked privately and in a service for men and women who have experienced sexual abuse as children or adults.

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I like to meet for two initial sessions of 50 minutes for which there is no charge. At the first meeting I invite you to tell me what is bringing you to therapy now and I will also ask about your earlier life and the people who have been significant to you in the past. The second session is for any questions either of us might have and for thinking more about whether we feel compatible.

If we do agree to work together, the session length is 50 minutes and the fee £30- £40 depending on your circumstances.

Further information

I welcome contact from people who are not sure what psychotherapy would be like and if it is the right way forward for them and who would like to explore that in the introductory sessions described above.

Maps & Directions

Dorchester, DT1

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


I currently have spaces on Monday afternoon

Types of client

Older adults

Supervision & training

Finding a supervisor who feels right and who you believe will help you learn and develop your work can be as difficult as finding the right therapist. My training is in psychoanalytic psychotherapy but I have supervised  humanistic practitioners as well as psychodynamic and integrative, qualified and trainee.

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