Dominic Hamilton-Leathart BA (Hons) MBACP Registered Counsellor
I understand that counselling can be an enormously daunting prospect. Being open and honest about your thoughts, feelings, and revealing your innermost experiences, can render you extraordinarily vulnerable. With this in mind, it's important you feel safe to explore sensitive and deeply personal experiences in an environment without fear of rejection and where you invariably feel valued and heard.
We can all go through deeply troubling and confusing periods in our lives. Whether you're in the midst of a separation, in the clutches of paralysing anxiety or perhaps run down by feelings of guilt or shame, talking to a professional can be a crucial step towards healing and finding a way forward. The counselling process can enable you to achieve deeper knowledge about yourself, as well as promote self-acceptance and release you to become your truest self.
My approach to counselling is unshakably informed by the unparalleled potency of certain interpersonal conditions to mobilise the recuperative and constructive resources at the heart of the person. Without question, I place the utmost importance in working alongside you to help you resolve the challenges that you may be facing.
What do you offer?
As a fully qualified person-centred counsellor and registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I offer a safe, non-judgemental and confidential environment to work with you therapeutically. I will endeavour to build and sustain a psychological climate characterised by the qualities unconditional respect, warmth and empathy.
I offer one-to-one person-centred counselling in the localities of Nottingham and Mansfield. I have availability both in the morning and evening. If you have any questions about my practice or if you would like to go about scheduling an appointment, contact me today.
Why do people go to counselling and how can it help?
Seeking out a practitioner to explore painful emotional issues can be a tremendously challenging thing to do. In order for you to be sure that therapy is a viable option, I feel it's important to be clear about what counselling entails and why you may want to consult a counselling practitioner.
You may be struggling with low self-esteem, complicated relationships, suicidal ideation, self-harm, bereavement, anxiety, depression and a gamut of other difficulties that a counselling relationship may well be of assistance in addressing and subsequently resolving. The counselling relationship promotes insight about yourself and your predicaments. With greater awareness, you are helped to process your feelings and perceptions in new ways and challenge unresolved conflicts from your past.
The constancy of acceptance and empathy from a counsellor engenders security that facilitates the exploration of thoughts, feelings and emotions that can otherwise be too upsetting in the absence of a counselling professional. It creates a supporting climate that permits you to process and understand what you're going through at an unrushed and comfortable pace. Rather than set an agenda for you, person-centred practitioners promote clients self-direction and autonomy. Indeed, person-centred counselling believes in the inherent constructiveness and trustworthiness of the person and sees relationships as the key to emboldening you to flourish.
Counselling enlivens you to make your own informed choices by reconnecting you with your own internal resources that may have been repeatedly marginalised as a result of meeting the expectations of the people around you. Without realising, many of us live our lives estranged from our values and sense of personhood. The therapeutic process can be very effective in getting you back in touch with your true self.
Whatever experiences or attitudes you bring to the consulting room, you will be treated with equitable compassion and consideration. It takes an enormous amount of courage to reach out and look for support. My counselling practice offers you a professional and confidential space to start your journey towards feeling better and more like yourself.
Training, qualifications & experience
I'm a fully qualified person-centred counsellor. I graduated with a First-Class Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Nottingham. Before attaining my degree, I acquired three certificates in counselling skills and studies from West Nottinghamshire College. I'm a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I earned a Certificate of Proficiency (CoP) after having successfully passed a BACP CoP exam. This attests to meeting the necessary professional and ethical standards that client's have a right to expect, as well as affirming my commitment to adhering to a code of ethics to govern my counselling practice.
As part of my ethical and professional commitments, I attend regular supervision, personal therapy, and participate in CPD workshops to further my professional development. I'm covered by professional therapist insurance and in possession of an enhanced DBS certificate.
During the journey to professionalisation, I gained considerable experience working as a trainee and volunteer counsellor in a primary school in Nottingham. This entailed conducting individual counselling sessions with a non-directive form of play therapy. I later volunteered as a trainee, and then as a qualified counsellor, with a charity that supports children and young adults.
I came to appreciate the quality of the therapeutic relationship as the nexus to personal growth and recuperation. The power of the therapeutic relationship is something I can confidently attest to both personally and professionally. I'm continually amazed by how the relational ingredients that underpin the counselling dynamic stimulate psychological movement. When someone understands us and unqualifiedly accepts the essence of our personhood, remarkable growth can be achieved. I have worked with clients with a range of issues and from a variety of different backgrounds - reinforcing my passionate belief in the process.
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
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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Free Consultation (Optional)
It's absolutely vital that you find a counselling practitioner who's right for you. An opening consultation can enable you to pose any questions you may have about my therapeutic service and the counselling procedure in general. These sessions are completely optional, but they can be helpful in determining whether my counselling service is suitable for you and your needs. These sessions are 30 minutes in length. Contact me if this is something you'd like to arrange.
I charge £35.00 per the therapeutic hour of fifty minutes. Please contact me to arrange an appointment and we can go about finding a date, time and place that works for you. A counselling session takes place once a week, but I'm aware that work and family commitments can be an issue. We can negotiate an alternative arrangement if an issue of this nature arises. Further sessions can be booked when you see me and usually at the conclusion of your appointment.
I fervently believe in making counselling both affordable and accessible to all. If you're on a low income or if you're currently unemployed, I have a limited number of slots to work with you at a reduced fee. Please get in contact for more information.
What Happens in a Counselling Session?
Typically, our first session together will be an opportunity to become further acquainted with another as well as answering any unanswered questions that you may have about the counselling process; perhaps something missed in the free consultation. Some clients like to know more about the manner that a practitioner operates, whilst others are more interested in commencing their therapy right away. Our first counselling interview together will make it clear that we can work together at an unhurried pace and that the hour we have together is entirely yours. My principal efforts will be to work alongside you in the most compassionate and transparent a fashion as possible. Indeed, you will have my undivided attention.
As the process unfolds, you'll likely explore terrains of experience that were previously closed off by defenses that have been constructed to protect you from emotional pain. This is a result of the aforesaid defensive blockages being dissolved in an environment typified by unconditional acceptance and empathic understanding. Various thoughts, memories and affect may enter conscious awareness and thereby lead to alterations in the perceptions you may have about yourself and the world around you. For example, feelings and thoughts associated with self-rejection may thence be replaced by self-acceptance - freeing you from negative estimations of yourself and empowering you to recognise your worth.
How Long Will Counselling Take?
The person-centred approach operates in a fashion that enables you to explore your issues at your own pace and in whatever direction feels agreeable to you. You have complete autonomy in determining whether you feel your counselling has a reached an organic conclusion. It is therefore entirely your prerogative to bring it to a close. However, as endings are a crucial part of the therapeutic process, we will work together to ensure the ending phase of the relationship is progressively discussed and handled with the utmost care and consideration.
A preliminary element of the ending phase is periodically reviewing our progress together. At some point, it's likely we'll both reach a point of mutuality and know when things have reached a conclusion. We'll likely have many opportunities to discuss these developments together as the counselling process unfolds.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I'm currently available on weekdays during the day and evening.
Types of client