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 loss or you might have been struggling with life for a while and are just now wondering if therapy might help and if so how. Whatever brings you, an important part is being properly listened to, so that feelings, thoughts and memories that are hard to manage on your own can be shared and given proper attention. Over time, you may begin to see how the experiences and relationships of the past connect with those of the present, leading to a better understanding of who you are, how you came to be this way and what you might do differently.

The listening and thinking about what comes to light deepen as the therapy continues and the relationship between us develops and I prefer to work long enough for this to happen.

Over the years that I have been in practice I have worked with many different people but have particular experience of men and women who suffered sexual abuse as children.

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 organisational settings.

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Our first meeting takes an hour and a half, so that there is time for you to tell me what leads you to seek   therapy now but also for me to learn about your earlier life and the people who have been significant to you in the past. This is so I can get a sense of whether I can help you and it gives you the chance to see if I am someone you think you could work with.

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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