Donna Harris MBACP
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 space to be heard and understood, without being judged, can bring emotional relief and restore perspective, clarity and hope.
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 the possible underlying causes of your unhappiness, confusion or distress. Often, unresolved issues from the past compromise our ability to connect fully with the present. As a result our relationships and overall quality of life can be impaired. It doesn't have to be like this and our work together can help you develop self-awareness and alternative perspectives. This may empower you to make choices that move you towards a more meaningful and fulfilling life.
As an integrative therapist, I am able to offer a personalised approach, drawing from the counselling and psychotherapy modalities that best suit both the issues you bring and what you find helpful.
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: http://www.dorchestertherapy.co.uk
Training, qualifications & experience
In addition to my private practice, I am 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, a university counsellor and as a practitioner for a local counselling and psychotherapy trust.
I have also worked for two services supporting people with anxiety, panic, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), hoarding and depression.
- 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 British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Registered Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist MBACP (Accred) and a member of the BACP Private Practice Division.
Some examples of recent Continuing Professional Development training:
- Working with shame - Carolyn Spring
- Counselling online - Open University
- Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy for trauma, anxiety, depression - Dr Richard Schwartz & Dr Frank Anderson
- 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
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.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Free 30-minute, initial session.
Fee: £45 per session (50 minutes).
I also offer telephone and video counselling.
Please feel free to contact me by phone, text or email with any questions or to arrange your initial session.
What to expect:
My private practice is based at Partners in Wellbeing, a comfortable clinic on a quiet green in Poundbury. There is plenty of free parking in the vicinity. The clinic is fully accessible.
Your initial, no obligation session will last 30 minutes and is free of charge. I understand that the idea of this first session, especially if it's your first time in therapy, may feel daunting and that you may feel anxious. This is all natural. However, it may help to know that I aim to provide a calm, non-judgemental, supportive space for you to share what brings you to counselling/psychotherapy and what you hope to achieve from your therapy. You will get an idea of my approach and whether you feel comfortable with me and I will be able to make sure that I'm the right person to help you.
Should we agree to continue then I offer weekly sessions. The first stage of our work together will involve taking a 'history' to gather information on your past and to clarify your current circumstances (including childhood, important relationships and events, health issues etc) as well as exploring your expectations and hopes/goals for therapy. We will decide on an approach that feels right for you, and to keep the therapy focused, we may decide to have a review after a set number of sessions.