Dominic Hamilton-Leathart, BA MA MBACP Registered Counsellor & Psychotherapist
Update: In light of the ongoing pandemic of COVID-19, counselling sessions in person are now temporarily suspended. Sessions over Zoom, Skype, and the telephone are still available.
What do you offer?
My counselling practice offers one-to-one person-centred counselling in Nottingham and Mansfield. As a fully qualified person-centred counsellor, I'm able to provide you with a warm and non-judgemental approach in a safe environment. I have experience working with a wide range of issues and backgrounds.
Counselling sessions are fifty minutes in length. Sessions are ordinarily booked for once a week, but further sessions can be negotiated if you feel this arrangement would work better for you. Person-centred counselling operates at a pace and direction that you're free to choose and respects your process at all times. You can bring your counselling to a close whenever you feel the time is right. I'm able to offer both short-term and long-term counselling.
Book a Free Consultation
Successful outcomes in counselling are dependent on the quality of the therapeutic relationship. You must be able to find a counselling practitioner whom you feel safe disclosing deeply personal and sensitive experience.
I offer a free thirty-minute consultation that gives us a chance to meet one another and help you determine whether my practice suits. This initial meeting can be done over the telephone or we can arrange a meeting over Zoom. These opening meetings enable us to go over any questions you may have about the counselling process and what the procedure entails. We can go over what you'd like to achieve in your counselling and discuss any reservations you may have about the therapeutic procedure. You're under no obligation to return.
Why would I work with a counsellor?
When you're struggling with emotional pain, it can be tremendously difficult to get by. Working with a professional counsellor can help you on the way towards feeling better. Whether you're dealing with depression, anxiety, grief, relationship breakdowns, trauma, low self-esteem, or anything else that you feel is adversely impacting your life, counselling helps you to find constructive ways forward.
It is in the safety of the counselling relationship, a professional relationship that's free from any semblance of control, coercion or clinical judgement, that enables you to locate solutions that are uniquely your own. The therapeutic qualities of safety, privacy, respect and regard create an environment of freedom where you can fully engage with what's happening in your world.
When you're unconditionally accepted, valued in your totality, and understood from your point of view, you can begin to realise and apply powerfully transformative changes in your life that will endure.
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 a sensitive and empathic companion. My efforts will be focused on working with you in a way that's free from any semblance of judgmentalism or expectation.
This non-directive approach creates a therapeutic space where we can work together on acquiring a better understanding of what's happening for you. My role as a person-centred counsellor will be to support you in utilising your therapy in a manner that resonates with you and your individual needs. In this sense, you are free to talk about and explore your internal world at your discretion.
By being alongside you, allowing you to give shape, form, and substance to what you're feeling--in addition to discerning what you want to get from your life now--you will be able to move forward in new and creative ways. These evolvements can include learning more about yourself as a person and experimenting with various strategies to help you better deal with whatever difficulties you're facing.
After amassing experience working with children, adolescents and adults in a voluntary and private practice counselling setting, I sincerely believe that the relational components that constitute the classical person-centred approach are effective in healing emotional wounds and promoting growth. I will do my utmost to facilitate and maintain these therapeutic conditions so that I may be of the greatest assistance to you on your counselling journey.
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). Prior to 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 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
- MA 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
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I charge £40 per session. I'm able to offer concessionary rates for key workers, students, clients on a low income and the unemployed.
Bank, cash and cheque payments are all acceptable.