Sarah Mackinnon


07742 729 257 / 07483 814 656

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07742 729 257 / 07483 814 656

About me

You might be looking for therapy because of a recent trauma or difficulties in a relationship, or perhaps you have been depressed or anxious for a while and are just now wondering if therapy might help and if so how.

To begin with it is often helpful simply to share feelings, thoughts and memories that can be hard to manage on your own and might be leaving you feeling lonely and confused. But therapy also links what you are going through now with feelings and experiences from the past which you have perhaps not really thought about or even been fully aware of, and it gradually helps you to make sense of things that are puzzling or that you have been ashamed about and had to keep secret.

It takes time to get used to your psychotherapist, to develop a relationship in which you can trust even in moments when you feel angry or disappointed and to discover new things about yourself, but people usually find that the understanding it brings makes life more rewarding, and that they are able to manage thoughts and feelings that used to be overwhelming.

Training, qualifications & experience

I completed a Diploma in Humanistic Counselling in 1997 and later trained in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at the Guild of Psychotherapists in London, qualifying in 2011. I am registered with UKCP.I have also completed the Guild of Psychotherapists training in Supervision.

Through previous roles in Supported Housing provision, I have experience of the difficulties of people living with a mental health diagnosis, and with physical and learning difficultues. As a counsellor and therapist I have worked privately and in a service for men and women who have experienced sexual abuse as children or adults.

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At our initial meeting I invite you to tell me what is bringing you to therapy now and I will also ask about your earlier life and the people who have been significant to you in the past. This helps me to get a sense of how your past and present fit together, and the conversation also allows you to get an idea of how I work and whether I am someone you might be able to talk more to. I do not charge for this session.

For regular sessions, my fee is £30-£40, depending on circumstances, and the sessions are 50 minutes long.

Further information

I welcome contact from people who are not sure what psychotherapy would be like and if it is the right way forward for them and who would like to explore that in the introductory sessions described above.

Maps & Directions

Dorchester, DT1

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified

Types of client

Older adults

Supervision & training

Finding a supervisor who feels right and who you believe will help you learn and develop your work can be as difficult as finding the right therapist. My training is in psychoanalytic psychotherapy but I have supervised  humanistic practitioners as well as psychodynamic and integrative, qualified and trainee.

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