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Colin McGuinness Chartered Counselling Psychologist

Shaftesbury SP7 & Dorchester DT1
0845 6033709 0845 6033709 07941213103 07941213103 Registered / Accredited
Shaftesbury SP7 & Dorchester DT1

About me

My work as a counselling psychologist could best be described as blending the therapeutic skills of a psychotherapist or councillor with the scientific understanding of the human mind that comes from my training as a psychologist.

I  describe myself as an Integrative psychotherapist because I draw from all those models described above working alongside my clients to help them achieve their goals.

My career over the previous 20 years has given me experience in working with a wide variety of settings including prisons, head injury and stroke, chronic pain programmes.

For 13 years I worked in a Community Mental Health Team treating people with severe mental health conditions.

I now work full-time in private practice specialising in trauma and anxiety conditions.

Training, qualifications & experience

Counselling psychology training requires a doctorate level training in the science of psychology alongside extensive, in-depth training in psychotherapy. In total this takes around 7 years and is examined at various points during that training. In my case, this led to a Masters degree in counselling psychology from City University, London followed by a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology from the British Psychological Society, who conferred Chartered Psychology status.

In order to achieve Chartered status as a Counselling Psychologist I was required to train in supervised practice in three distinct therapeutic models. I chose Cognitive Behavioural (CBT), Systemic, and Psychodynamic models.

Since that initial training, I have also been fully trained in Eye Movement Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR).

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


Health and Care Professions Council

The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.

They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.

Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.


British Psychological Society

British Psychological Society

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Chronic Pain psychology

Therapies offered

  • EMDR
  • Integrative
  • Schema Therapy


£85 for self paying Clients (Agency £125 on advance payment only)

Further information

I am happy to provide a free initial consultation by phone or skype.

The Resolve Practice
Unit 14, The Wincombe Centre
Wincombe Business Park

Inspirations Centre
Poundbury Business Centre
Bridport Road

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair access at Dorchester only


Currently, I do not have availability.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults


I offer integrative supervision to psychologists and counsellor.

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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Colin McGuinness  Chartered Counselling Psychologist

Colin McGuinness Chartered Counselling Psychologist

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