The Dorset Practice

Welcome to “The Dorset Practice” we specialise in Face-to-Face, On line, Telephone Counselling and Therapy Services for the whole of Dorset and the South West. 

Our experienced team of  associate practitioners, counsellors and therapists offer a wide range of specialities, therapies and services.

Help for everyone

If you are looking to reach out for support, The Dorset Practice (TDP) can help you find the counsellor or therapist that’s right for you. The Dorset Practice has a team of experienced associates offering confidential counselling, psychotherapy and therapy on a short-term and open-ended basis. We are here to support the mental health and emotional wellbeing of individuals, couples and families.

Which Support is right for you?

If you feel the need for support but are uncertain what to do next, or which is the right help for you, then call us.

We will be happy to outline what is involved and what to expect and most importantly how to get started.

Call us on 01202 022100 and one of our friendly team will be happy to chat with you and answer your questions with the aim of finding you the right therapist or counsellor. You don’t need a GP referral if you’re looking for a private therapist or counsellor

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The Dorset Practice can put you in contact with the best therapist or counsellor for you. We also have Nutritionists, Play Therapists, Osteopaths, Sports Massage and other Mental and Physical specialists.

Most common Reasons people seek therapy ……

Anxiety

Anxiety is a normal human emotion and an appropriate response to certain situations. Sometimes anxiety can feel out of control however, at which point it is helpful to learn how to manage it. There are many types of anxiety: Social Anxiety, Health Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, General Anxiety Disorder, Panic disorder and more. If you are struggling due to your levels of anxiety feeling out of control, there are many tools and techniques that can help you feel more in control of your anxiety, rather than your anxiety controlling you.

Couples & Relationships

Our brains are hardwired to form intimate attachment bonds with others. When we are happy in a relationship we thrive, but when we are struggling with a significant relationship we suffer both mentally and physically. We often get into patterns of behaviour that are a cause of conflict and unhappiness. Couple therapy can offer you an insight into the dynamic that is happening between the two of you. You can then learn how to unpick those patterns, understand the longing or hurt behind the criticism, the raised voice, or the slammed door. This can lead to a more fulfilling relationship, a better understanding of your partner, and ultimately a happier life together.

Anger Management

Anger is a normal human emotion and an appropriate response in certain situations. The goal of anger management is to learn to recognize you triggers and also to learn to express your anger in a more productive way. There are 3 types of anger: Passive Aggression, Open Aggression and Assertive Anger. If your anger feels out of control, or is having an adverse affect on you and those around you, then anger management can help.

Bereavement and Loss

The pain of loss can feel overwhelming. Coming to terms with loss is a process that takes time and adjustment before you reach a point of acceptance. Bereavement can make us feel anxious, angry, withdrawn, guilty and sad. We can struggle with sleep, concentration, our appetites might change, and we may struggle with day to day coping.

Grief and loss comes in many forms, but whatever our loss, our mind and body will need to adjust to change. Something or someone we depended on as part of our lives is now gone. There has been a change, our world may be shaken. We need to adjust.

Seeking support in the form of counselling can help you come to terms with your loss, and help you along the journey of grief.

Low Cost Counselling

We offer a limited number of low cost counselling appointments each week to eligible clients, we also work with a number of the Dorset Charitable organisations who also pass us clients requiring the low cost counselling service. Our Low Cost Counselling service is to ensures everyone can get the help they require regardless of their finical means and for that reason it is not suitable for every client. Please call us on 01202 022 100 or email us for more information.

Children & Young Persons

When Children and Young Persons struggle, they may find it difficult to know who to turn to, and how to manage their emotions and problems. Counselling offers a safe space which is completely confidential and non-judgemental where challenges and emotions can be explored. Young people come for counselling for many reasons. There is a lot of pressure on young people today. Problems at home, at school, or in the community. Problems include addiction, gaming, social media, bullying, self-harm, relationships, eating disorders, sexuality and more. Sometimes these problems can seem too big to deal with alone; counselling can offer the extra support needed to navigate through tricky patches in life.

Eating Disorders

An eating disorder is when you have an unhealthy attitude towards food which can take over your life. An eating disorder can involve starving yourself (Anorexia Nervosa), bingeing and purging in order to lose weight (Bulimia), and losing control of your eating leading to overeating and then feeling guilt and shame (Binge Eating Disorder). Eating disorders generally require treatment as they can be quite complex mental health disorders and can be hard to recover from. talking therapy can be a helpful way of exploring your underlying issues that often go hand in hand with the eating diorder. In more serious cases a GP may need to get involved in order to refer on to a more specialist treatment programme.

LGBTQ+

Feeling confused about your sexuality, your gender, and feeling that you don't fit in can have lasting effects. Some people suffer bullying, discrimination and rejection by friends and family because of issues around sexuality and gender. Talking therapies can offer a safe and nonjudegemental space where you can explore these issues whilst feeling supported. Mental health can affect each and every one of us, but for LGBTQ individuals mental stress and distress can feel all encompassing and can have a devastating impact on health and well-being.

Trauma & Abuse

Trauma can be seen as a psychological emotional response to an event or an experience that is deeply distressing or that overwhelms the individuals ability to process it. There are different types of trauma that will impact differently on the person going through it.
There is Acute Trauma - a single traumatic incident, such as a car accident. Chronic Trauma is a more prolonged exposure to trauma such as bullying, domestic violence, or war. Finally Complex Trauma, and Developmental Trauma is exposure to multiple traumatic events over a prolonged period of time which often leads deep emotional and psychological scars which impact on a persons day to day ability to live life. Each of these trauma exposures may lead to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Seeking help is an important step towards healing,

Children and Young People (CYP)

Children and Young People (CYP) With mental health services under enormous pressure; and with CYP seemingly struggling even more than they did pre-pandemic, we have found an increase in the request for private counselling for CYP. There is a lot of pressure on CYP today, and all of our experiences in childhood moulds us into the adults we later become. Support at the right time can make a difference.

EMDR

EMDR or Eye movement desensitisation and reprocess is a powerful scientifically proven psychotherapy to help people recover from traumatic events in their lives which may be having a negative impact on their mental health. EMDR is recognised by the Word Health Organisation (WHO) and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

Couple Counselling

We are hardwired to form intimate bonds with significant others. We are wired for love. When relationships are healthy, nurturing and feel safe and secure, we tend to thrive emotionally. When relationships are breaking down, have ended, or there has been a betrayal, we feel at our most distressed emotionally. It can feel like the end of the world. We feel broken. Working together in counselling as a couple, you can learn to reconnect and form a stronger and more secure bond with your partner.

Young Peoples Counselling
Specialist in Children and Young People

Children & Young People

When children and young people struggle, they may find it difficult to know who to turn to, and how to manage their emotions and problems. Counselling offers a safe space which is completely confidential and non-judgemental where challenges and emotions can be explored. Young people come for counselling for many reasons. There is a lot of pressure on young people today. Problems at home, at school, or in the community. Problems include addiction, gaming, social media, bullying, self-harm, relationships, eating disorders, sexuality and more. Sometimes these problems can seem too big to deal with alone; counselling can offer the extra support needed to navigate through tricky patches in life.

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Anxiety Self Help

5 self-help tips for Anxiety

Anxiety is one of the most common reasons people seek professional support.  It is estimated that over 6 million people in the UK will be suffering from some kind of anxiety, so you are not alone.   Anxiety can feel terrifying, out of control, and can have a devastating impact on the sufferer. There are ways you can learn to manage Anxiety however:

1) Mindfulness Based Interventions – learn some basic Mindfulness techniques such as focusing on the present moment.  Where are you? What can you see, smell, hear, touch? What do you notice about your body, your mind?  What do you notice about your breathing?

2) Relaxation techniques – Breathing techniques are a wonderful way to induce a state of relaxation and calm.  When anxious we often breathe fast and shallow.  This maintains the body in a state of stress.  Slow down your breathing.  relax as you exhale, engage the diaphragm as you inhale.

3) Exercise – we all know the mental health benefits of exercise, yet we find it so difficult to find the motivation to exercise.  Something as simple as going for a walk will have physiological benefits and will help reduce your anxiety.

4) Connect with others – being socially engaged with others is good for out emotional well-being.  Reach out to friends and family.  Share your worries and concerns.  Spend time doing things with others.  Our brains are hardwired to form attachments to others, so don’t suffer in silence.

5) CBT – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy has been found to be particularly helpful for Anxiety as it teaches you to identify some of your more unhelpful thinking patterns which may be contributing to your levels of Anxiety.  It will help you challenge some of those thoughts and learn to accept thoughts as just thoughts.  They are not always to be believed!

Get in touch if you would like to learn more about we can help you with Anxiety.

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The Dorset Practice has a varied and experienced selection of Psychotherapists and Counsellors to help you tackle the many areas of Anxiety.​​

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