Dominic Hamilton-Leathart BA MA MBACP - Person-Centred Counsellor
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If you find yourself affected by unrelenting anxiety, overwhelmed by sadness, or simply unsure of who you are, my counselling approach will help you formulate ways of moving forward that are authentic and unique to you. Many of us go through life looking for approval and avoiding the disapproval of others; limiting our ability to realise our potential. My practice aims to facilitate psychological growth by enabling you to identify and eliminate blocks that are foreclosing authenticity and psychological wellbeing.
By separating your values, thoughts and feelings from external voices, you thereby become the author and authority of your life. The process of therapeutic exploration invites you to unpack, reevaluate and revise assumptions about your world and sense of self that may be acting as a roadblock to living fully and abundantly. The counselling relationship provides a safely contained space for you to discover and articulate your true self.
Through the therapeutic process, working together to disentangle, clarify and intimately understand your inner world, you can discover and subsequently embrace who you indeed are; coming to know yourself, own yourself and, finally, be yourself (Joseph, 2016). As a fully qualified person-centred counsellor, with clinical experience covering a diverse range of issues, I'm ready to provide you with professional therapeutic support that will put you on the road towards resolution and reclaiming ownership of your life.
What Can Counselling Offer Me?
Working with a professional counsellor can help you on the way towards feeling better, learning more about who you are and overcome issues that you feel are holding you back. Whether you're dealing with depression, anxiety, grief, relationship breakdown, trauma, low self-esteem, or anything else that is adversely impacting your life, I will work with you to help you find constructive ways forward.
It is in the safety of the counselling relationship, a professional association that's free from any semblance of control or clinical judgement, that enables you to find solutions that are uniquely your own. The therapeutic qualities of safety, privacy, and respect create an environment of permissiveness where you can fully engage and understand what's happening in your world. Indeed, when you're unconditionally accepted, valued in your totality, and seen from your point of view, you can begin to actualise transformative changes in your life that will endure adversity.
By being alongside you, allowing you to give shape, form, and substance to what you're feeling, reassessing the way you see your world, and identifying what you want to get from your life, you will be able to proceed in new and creative ways. These evolvements can include distinguishing more about what truly matters to you and experimenting with various strategies to help you better deal with whatever difficulties you're facing.
What can I expect from you in a counselling session?
I will endeavour to cultivate a therapeutic space epitomised by the qualities of trust, safety, warmth, and unconditional respect. I will not be dispensing advice, nor give you directions, but caringly work alongside you as an attentive and empathic companion. My efforts will focus on working with you in a way that's free from preconception or evaluation - sensitively understanding your experience from your perspective. This non-directive approach creates a therapeutic space where we can work together on acquiring a better appreciation of what's happening for you and subsequently explore new ways of engaging with life.
What does your counselling practice offer?
My counselling practice offers one-to-one person-centred counselling in Nottingham and Mansfield. Following the COVID-19 pandemic, I'm also able to provide sessions remotely via Zoom. Counselling sessions are fifty minutes in length and £40 per appointment. Concessionary rates are available.
Appointments are arranged for the same time and day every week to maintain a sense of consistency and momentum. However, while sessions will usually be conducted weekly, further sessions can be negotiated during the same week. I'm able to offer both short-term and long-term counselling. You can bring your therapy to a close whenever you feel the time is right.
Successful outcomes in counselling are dependent on the quality of the therapeutic relationship. You must be able to find a counselling practitioner whom you trust and feel safe working alongside. With this in mind, your first session is free of charge; giving us a chance to meet one another before you go any further, and help you determine whether my practice suits and works for you. These initial meetings enable us to address any questions you may have about the counselling process and what the procedure entails. We can also go over what you'd like to achieve in your counselling. You're under no obligation to return.
Training, qualifications & experience
I'm a fully qualified person-centred counselling practitioner and psychotherapist. I graduated with a First-Class BA (Hons) degree in Humanistic Counselling Practice from the University of Nottingham. Before enrolling into higher education, I acquired three certificates covering both counselling theory and praxis.
I'm a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Before becoming a registered member, I undertook a CoP exam and passed to earn a Certificate of Proficiency. The passing of this exam attests to my ability to maintain the necessary professional and ethical requirements to keep clients safe. This certificate equally affirms my commitment to adhering to a code of ethics issued by my professional association and governing body. I attend monthly supervision and participate in CPD (continuing professional development) work. I have professional therapist insurance and an enhanced DBS certificate to work with children, young people and adults.
During my training, I gained considerable experience working as a trainee and volunteer counsellor in a primary school in Nottingham. This voluntary work entailed individual counselling sessions with a non-directive form of play therapy. I later volunteered as a qualified counsellor with a charity that supports children and young adults. Since then, I've continued to pursue further training, as well as valuable experience working with adults and older adults in private practice.
These are just some of the areas that I have clinical experience with:
- Eating Disorders
- Suicidal Thoughts
- Personal Development
- Psychological Trauma
- Gender Identity
- Sexual Identity
- Low Self-Esteem
Qualifications in Counselling
- First-Class BA (Hons) Degree in Humanistic Counselling Practice
- Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
- Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Counselling Theories
- Master of Arts in Criminology
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Counselling sessions are £40 per session.
Bank, cash and cheque payments are all acceptable.