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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 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

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Anxiety Management Workshop

A four session weekend workshop to help you better understand and tailor your own strategy for managing anxiety. For more information see:

https://www.dorchestertherapy.co.uk/anxiety-workshop

And feel free to contact me with any questions.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Registered Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist MBACP (Accred).

Experience:

In addition to my private practice, I am a lecturer in counselling at Iron Mill College.

I have previous experience as a crisis counsellor, a university counsellor and as a practitioner for a local counselling and psychotherapy trust and I have worked with a broad range of issues.

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

I am experienced in facilitating support groups, group therapy and workshops.

Qualifications:

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

Some examples of recent Continuing Professional Development training:

  • Revolutionising trauma treatment - Babette Rothschild (PESI course)
  • 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
  • Working with groups - BACP

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.

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Transactional analysis

Fees

£45.00 per session

Additional information

I offer a free 30-minute, initial consultation.

Ongoing weekly individual therapy sessions are then £45 for 50 mins. 

Fee for coronanxiety group therapy sessions: 

Please contact me for more information

Further information

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-judgmental, 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.

Partners In Wellbeing
6 Hamslade Green
Poundbury
DT1 3DP

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

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.

Donna Harris MBACP

Donna Harris MBACP