Hello, my name is Donna, I am a psychotherapist and writer and I’m based in Mid-Wales and Shropshire, UK. I run a private psychotherapy practice (DMB Therapy), and am the author of the book ‘Do I Need to See a Therapist?
As well as my therapy work I am also trained in creative writing and songwriting and I use expressive writing both personally and with my clients. I am a BABCP Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, an EMDR and Brainspotting therapist, a HCPC Registered Occupational therapist and also am Accredited by the National Counselling Society (MNCS Accred.). I’m also a full member of the Society of Authors.
My personal creative work explores themes such as mental health, domestic abuse and neurodiversity.
My latest book (Published by Hero Press May 2021) explores the fear of being upset and the fear of therapy as well as providing information on how to find a therapist.
The book also introduces a new method for managing emotions (interoceptive awareness).
DMB Therapy is my private therapy practice. I provide CBT, EMDR and Brainspotting therapies and specialise in working with clients who have experienced traumatic events and struggle with anxiety.
Expressive writing for emotional health course
I also offer a course that blends expressive writing with emotion management strategies.
In the course I use interoceptive awareness as a way of processing and managing emotions and I combine it with expressive writing and the use of music.
This method can be very helpful for those of us who find it difficult to talk about how we feel. If you would like me to send you details of the next course add your name to my private mailing list here.
My creative work
I have trained in singing and songwriting at Leeds college of music and performed under the artist name Ortense Blue.
I’ve had three songs published and also co-written two songs with Michael Garvin. If you would like to see some of my work you are welcome to check it out here. I am an advocate for using writing to express how we feel and to help put our experiences into a narrative via songwriting and poetry.
4 things you may not know about me
I’ve written two songs with Michael Garvin, the writer responsible for writing George Benson’s ‘Never give up on a good thing’, and ‘Waiting for tonight’ by Jennifer Lopez.
I used to have a car accessories shop called ‘Fluffy Auto Boutique’ (FAB) and was the first person in the UK to import and sell the auto vase car vase which could be used in any car. Prior to this only VW Beetles could have a car vase and flower in them. I even designed my own vase at one point and had it prototyped.
I’ve been trained how to do car reviews by Vicki Butler Henderson and used to go on rally driving days for fun.
I am someone who identifies as being neurodivergent.
I’m Dyspraxic and have a sensory processing sensitivity which means in new situations it can take me a longer time than others to process and respond. I don’t know why but I hate talking on the phone!
I put a lot of time and focus into using words and pictures to communicate and I spend far too much time faffing on Canva!
I’ve come to appreciate now that we all have our strengths and weaknesses and that my abilities have made me a great listener and problem-solver as well as someone who loves words.
It is fine to do things differently We must own our differences, not try to disown them.
The other mildly annoying part of being dyspraxic is that I just cannot get the tops off of bleach bottles! Child-proof caps are a nightmare for my bendy fingers!