Donna Mitchell, M.A
What makes therapy with me special?
I’m an advocate for change when it’s necessary. I believe that no pattern is too fixed, and that you don’t have to continue living a life that doesn’t support your happiness.
I don’t use a ‘blank slate’ approach in which I sit in silence, or nod along repeating what you have said. Rather I engage with you, sharing my thoughts and insights. I will laugh with you when life is funny and I’ll be here for you when it gets you down. I don’t consider myself the expert on your life, I collaborate with you so that we can figure out your best path together.
I am devoted to your process of healing, and don’t apply a ‘one-size-fits all’ approach. Rather I want to get on the same page as you and work with you as an individual. I use an eclectic approach to therapy relying predominantly on my training in Narrative Therapy; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Psychodynamic Therapy. This means that I will use the therapeutic approach that I feel will best assist you.
This kind of therapeutic relationship can be rare to find, and powerful to experience. Clients have said that they feel truly heard and understood by me, and because of this they’ve learned more about themselves and their capabilities.
I hold a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from Rhodes University (Cum Laude). What this means is that I obtained a 3 year Degree in Psychology. This was followed by a year-long Honours Degree in Psychology (Cum Laude). I then continued my studies with a two-year Counselling Psychology Master’s Degree and practical Internship (Cum Laude). As part of my Master’s course I also completed Master’s Thesis (Cum Laude).
I am registered with the HPCSA (Health Professions Council of South Africa). My practice number is PS0126004.
I am also a Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS). Membership number 452304.
I’m also a registered member of the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) in the UK.
Furthermore I adhere to strict confidential policies with clients. With these features in place my practice is able to be secure.
For a better sense of who I am and how I think, check out my vlog.
*Please be aware that as a Counselling Psychologist it is beyond my scope of practice to prescribe medication to clients.
Please feel free to contact me for further information.
The HCPC is the UK's independent regulator of healthcare professionals.The title Counselling Psychologist is a protected title and can only be used by those appropriately trained professionals who have registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and whose details are on the HCPC website.