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 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
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Gender dysphoria
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
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.
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.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|