Dr Donna Harris MBACP

Dr Donna Harris MBACP

Colliton Street Psychotherapy Services
1 Colliton Street

07398 896391

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Colliton Street Psychotherapy Services
1 Colliton Street

07398 896391

About me

A warm welcome.

Through a calm, supportive and attentive approach I can help you to air and explore your experiences, emotions and thoughts.

As well as helping you to cope better on a day to day basis, I can help you to better understand the causes of your unhappiness, distress or confusion.

This process may help you to view your life in a different way. It is not about giving advice or pushing you to change but more about helping you to see yourself and your situation from different perspectives. I often find that through our work together, a combination of growing awareness and self-belief in my clients naturally empowers them, should they wish to make changes in their lives.

My approach is informed by my training and years of experience in this field and influenced by my personal life experiences.

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.

Training, qualifications & experience


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

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

Having an ecological perspective means that rather than seeing ourselves as isolated entities I naturally consider the broader context of our 'environment'. I believe that it is the web of past and present relationships and experiences that determines who and how we are.

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:

  • 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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Accredited register membership


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 counselling.

Further information

What to expect:

The free 30-minute, no-obligation, initial session allows us to meet, talk a bit about why you are seeking counselling, and think about how I might be able to help.

Ongoing therapy will usually be weekly. I find that this frequency is good for the flow/continuity of the work. We could agree on 6 sessions and then review progress, or see how things go with a more open-ended arrangement.

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: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Types of client

Older adults
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