Sarah Mackinnon

Sarah Mackinnon


07742 729 257 / 07483 814 656

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07742 729 257 / 07483 814 656

About me

I have worked for many years as a counsellor and psychotherapist, in private practice and voluntary organisations and have particular experience with men and women who have a history of sexual abuse. 

Psychotherapy helps by looking at what is troubling you now, which might be problems in relationships, or a symptom such as depression and anxiety, but also at what has happened in your life before and how this might be contributing to the present situation. Talking to someone who is trained to listen deeply to what you are saying, and to help you understand yourself better, can bring relief and make sense of thoughts, feelings and behaviour that have been difficult to live with.

It can take a while to get used to talking in this way and coming to trust your therapist enough to do so is not something that can be rushed so I leave open the length of time that we work together. My practice is in warm and comfortable rooms in central Dorchester.

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's 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 organisational settings.

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The first meeting takes an hour and a half, so that we have time to talk about what is making you look for   therapy now and to have a brief look at other events and people who have been significant to you in the past. Importantly, this is also a chance for you to meet me and decide if I am someone you think you could work with so I do not charge for this session.

If we do agree to work together, the session length is 50 minutes and the fee usually £40 but can be less if your circumstances mean that this would be dificult.

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 session 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 Mondays and Tuesdays

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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