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About me

Hello! I'm Dorrie. 

I am a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor from North Yorkshire. I've had a number of careers before reaching this point but my background is mainly in Mental Health Services and business. I have spent a large part of my life in supporting roles whether that be care work with the elderly or psychiatric services. I have three tabby cats which you may, on occasion, spot in the background of online sessions!

I am gentle, calm and love being in nature or by the sea.

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My philosophy

I am an intersectional feminist and follow the social model of both disability and mental health, which means that I aim to understand not just the individual issues that you are facing but also their intersection with the social, economic, environmental and cultural issues that affect mental wellbeing. I recognise that our society is often ill-equipped for those who have a disability or are neurodivergent. I believe that it is our role as a society to adapt and provide accessibility to those who are diverse, rather than trying to shoehorn everyone into the same mould. 

I welcome and affirm “divergent” ways of being in the world including Neurodivergence, Relationship Diversity (Polyamory/Relationship Anarchy) and those who are LGBTIQA+. 

How I work

My personal approach is gentle but potent, aiming to accompany you on your journey and be curious about you, your life and what has led up to being here with me. I am very comfortable to gently challenge when it is therapeutically beneficial, as such, I am not the type of therapist to sit back and not get involved! I do however believe that you are the driver of the train, and I am here to offer you the space that you need to figure out where it is you want to go. I work in a trauma-informed and attachment aware approach, and frequently draw on concepts from Transactional Analysis to facilitate insight into your patterns of thought, behaviours and feelings. I provide a welcoming, safe and empathetic space to explore your difficulties. 

 

The heart of my approach lies in the power of the therapeutic relationship we build. I believe that the connection between client and therapist is not just significant, but pivotal in the process of transformation. Together, we will forge a partnership built on trust, empathy, and genuine human connection.

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My qualifications
 

Level 6 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling - Northern Guild of Psychotherapy 

Level 7 Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy (pending) - Northern Guild of Psychotherapy


 






 

 

I am trained in Integrative Psychotherapy, which means that I adapt my approach to suit what you need. During my training at the Northern Guild of Psychotherapy the focus was on Transactional Analysis alongside Gestalt, Psychodynamic approach, Relational Psychotherapy and Person Centred Approach.

 

I have a Level 6 Diploma (degree level) in Psychotherapeutic Counselling and am at the latter stages of completing a Level 7 (masters level) Diploma in Psychotherapy.  

"When our wounds cease to be a source of shame, and become a source of healing, we have become wounded healers" - Henri J. M. Nouwen

I believe the most important aspect of my training has been attending my own personal therapy. I feel strongly that an awareness of ones own soft spots and wounds is imperative when helping others to identify theirs. I have been where you have been, telling a stranger the thoughts that have never been witnessed out loud by anyone. I can truly appreciate how daunting that is and how important it is to have a connection with your therapist. 

 

I am a registered member of the BACP and the Northern Guild and uphold and follow both codes of ethics.  

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