Donna Harris MBACP

Donna Harris MBACP

Colliton Street Psychotherapy Services
1 Colliton Street

07398 896391

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About me

Life can be difficult. You may know why you are struggling, or the problem may be less obvious. Regardless, you may feel stuck, lost, anxious or depressed.

At times like these, having the opportunity to be heard and understood, without being judged, can bring emotional relief and restore perspective, clarity and hope.

Counselling can be so powerful because it offers a unique relationship: somebody independent and objective but who, at the same time, genuinely cares about you and accepts you for who you are.

My role is to step gently into your world and through a calm, supportive and attentive approach, I hope to help you make sense of your thoughts and feelings.

As well as helping you to better cope on a day to day basis, we can explore - if you wish - the possible underlying causes of your unhappiness, confusion or distress.

Our work together can help you to view your life in a different way and you may find that a growing sense of self-esteem empowers you to make choices that move you towards a more meaningful and fulfilling life.

If you think that counselling may be of help then I invite you to get in touch. I offer a free, no-obligation, initial session to give us the opportunity to meet, discuss what is troubling you and think about how I might be able to help.

For more information see my website:

Training, qualifications & experience


In addition to my private practice, I am currently a therapist for a low-cost counselling and psychotherapy service and a lecturer in counselling.

I am experienced in working with a broad range of issues.

I am experienced in providing both short term and longer term therapy.

I have previous experience as a crisis counsellor and a university counsellor.

I have also worked for two services supporting people with anxiety, panic, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), hoarding and depression.

As an integrative therapist trained in several approaches in counselling and psychotherapy, I am able to adapt the therapy to best suit both the issues you bring and what you find helpful.


  • Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling (BACP Accredited), Iron Mill College
  • Certificate in Counselling, Iron Mill College, Exeter
  • DPhil in Ecology, University of Oxford

I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and a member of the BACP Private Practice Division.

Some examples of recent Continuing Professional Development training:

  • Existential psychotherapy and counselling - Mick Cooper
  • Grief Works: Julia Samuel
  • Trauma and the body: Somatisation and dissociation - PODS
  • 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

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Free 30-minute, initial session.

Fee: £40 per session (50 minutes).

Please enquire about a concessionary fee if you are on a low income.

I also offer telephone and Skype counselling.

Further information

What to expect:

The free, no-obligation, initial session allows us to meet, talk a bit about why you are seeking counselling, and think about how we might work together.

Should you wish to continue, I offer weekly sessions.

Please feel free to contact me by phone, text or email with any questions or to arrange your initial session.

Appointments are at Colliton Street Psychotherapy Services in Dorchester, Dorset.

Maps & Directions

Dorchester, DT1 1XH

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified

Types of client

Older adults
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