Dominic Hamilton-Leathart BA MA MBACP Registered Person-Centred Therapist
As a fully qualified person-centred therapist and registered member of the BACP, I offer a warm and non-judgemental approach in a safe environment. I have experience working with clients with a range of different experiences.
We can all experience times in our lives when we feel completely overwhelmed - whether it be the loss of someone close to us, relationship breakdowns, anxiousness or depression to name a few. Talking to a professional offering empathy and unconditional acceptance can facilitate healing and promote growth. When someone truly accepts and understands you, and allows you to explore your experience without passing judgement, you can begin to create and implement meaningful changes in your life that will be long lasting and true to you.
Counsellors aim to create a therapeutic relationship that allows thoughts, feelings and emotions you may find difficult to express and articulate a safe place to be explored at a pace that's comfortable for you. I will empathically work alongside you to help you make sense of your world and discover what you want to get from your life right now. Current emotions you're experiencing can be linked to your past that continue to affect how you feel and act in the present. Exploring these emotions with a qualified therapist can help you acquire understanding and find better ways of dealing with them moving forward.
What do you offer?
I offer person-centred counselling in Nottingham and Mansfield. I have availability both in the daytime and evening from Monday to Friday. Weekend appointments on Saturday are also available in the morning and afternoon.
Why do people go to counselling and how can it help?
You might be affected with low self-esteem, difficulties in your relationship, suicidal thoughts, self-harm, bereavement, anxiety, depression or a range of other difficulties that counselling can be tremendously helpful in resolving. Therapists work alongside you to help you explore your experiences with sensitivity, empathy and acceptance. This creates a supporting environment that helps you to safely explore what you're experiencing at your own pace and in your own time. Through counselling you are able to make your own informed choices as you're helped to learn more and more about yourself. This will allow you to resolve any difficulties moving forward in a way that will be absolutely unique to you. Whatever issue you'd like to bring into the therapy room you will be treated with unfailing attentiveness and care. It takes an enormous amount of courage to reach out for support when you're finding it difficult to manage. My counselling practice offers you a professional space to start your journey towards feeling better and becoming the person you feel you truly are.
Counselling sessions are fifty minutes long and usually arranged to take place weekly. For the sake of maintaining consistency, appointments are generally booked at a regular day and time. I fully appreciate that work, family and personal commitments can make this difficult at times. I'm happy to offer flexible appointments to ensure that you're able to attend your counselling sessions at a time that better works for you.
The number of sessions a client may need is highly variable. As each client is different, some may find longer term work will be more beneficial, while others are happy with shorter term arrangements. As a person-centred counsellor, I offer as many sessions of counselling that you feel you need. We'll often explore your past as well as the present and maintain an open dialogue with respect to when you feel you're ready to bring your counselling to a close. As a therapist who values openness and transparency, I will work with you to make sure that all of your needs are met.
Training, qualifications & experience
I'm a fully qualified person-centred counselling practitioner. I graduated with a First-Class BA (Hons) degree in Humanistic Counselling Practice from the University of Nottingham. Before enrolling into higher education, I studied counselling in college and went on to acquire three certificates in counselling 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. The successful completion of this is to ensure that I am capable of maintaining the necessary professional and ethical requirements that protect clients. It also affirms my commitment to adhering to a code of ethics required by my governing body.
As part of my ethical and professional commitments, I attend monthly supervision, personal therapy, and participate in CPD (continuing professional development) work. I'm covered by professional therapist insurance and in possession of an enhanced DBS certificate to work with both young people and adults.
During my training and qualification, 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 trainee, and then as a qualified counsellor, with a charity that supports children and young adults. Since then, I've gained valuable experience working with adults and older adults in private practice.
These are just some of the areas that I've worked with in the counselling relationship:
- 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
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Health anxiety
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- 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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I charge £40.00 per the therapeutic hour of fifty minutes.
In the interest of simplifying the process of payment, as well minimise the losses caused by non-attendance and cancellations, I request that you pay a 50% deposit (£20) once your appointment has been scheduled. This also serves as confirmation of your commitment to attend your counselling appointment. The rest of the payment can be transferred at the beginning or the end of your counselling session. Bank transfers are thus preferred over other forms of payment.
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 is Healthy Narcissism?
"In the absence of healthy narcissism, we can be prevented from truly relishing in the elation that follows unapologetically being ourselves. This systematic repression of our self-love can atrophy our capacity to resolutely face adversity as our underappreciated and innate resilience, what can otherwise be considered an inner sustainment born from the original conviction of specialness, is buried under layer upon layer of encrusted psychological fortifications. Thankfully, these psychological malformations are not immutable. In a suitable therapeutic climate, our experience can be subject to exploration and differentiation so that the allochthonous can be distinguished from what we genuinely experience.
Upon closer inspection, we can truly ascertain whether our values are underlined by our organismic equipment or simply something we've incorporated from the outside. The introjects can be dissolved as we're given the permission to separate the wheat from the chaff. Formally enervated by negative estimations of our organic appetation, as in the example of a boy who wanted to pursue a career in ballet, we can retrieve the passions and vitality that we once sacrificed and betrayed. Our self-love is gradually reclaimed in the therapeutic relationship."
Promoting a Healthy Sexual Identity
"The counselling relationship can thereby help to undo the rejection of certain aspects of our sexuality and vitiate the maladaptive rift between our authentic experience and our sense of self. We can discover what sex means to us as opposed to faithfully and uncritically following a sexual script we've been continually inculcated with during our socialisation. It can be conceptualised as a process of liberation as we're granted the therapeutic space to find out who we truly are by tuning into our bodies and its internal pulsations. The more we become attuned and sensitive to our biological rhythms, and the more the extraneous material is distinguished from the endosomatic that genuinely resides within ourselves, the greater our sexual identity and relationships will be both interpersonally and intrapersonally."
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Weekdays: 9:00am to 8:00pm. Weekend: 9:00am to 5:00pm.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|