Dominic Mathias MBACP (registered) Therapist & Supervisor
I've spent the last 7 years being passionate about providing professional counselling that creates lasting change over time. If you're looking for a counsellor who believes therapy should create real, tangible change, I would invite you to find out why working with me offers something different. Whilst I work effectively with anxiety, depression, trauma, sexuality, and gender-related issues, you might actually already feel happy and just want the space to explore? Maybe the prospect of just 'talking' about it doesn't sound enough to change that lingering 'feeling' that keeps gnawing at you? Contact me for a free 30-minute session with no obligation.
I am a professional, fully-qualified therapist, with experience working for the NHS as well as in private practice. Broadly, my work is informed by a Person-Centred Approach, Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, which research has shown are effective in working with a range of moderate to severe mental health issues. I work with children and young people too.
I work in Folkestone and am located 5-minutes from Folkestone Central Station and there is free parking.
Answers to common questions asked by clients:
How do you work with clients?
Importantly, I aim to create a safe place where my hope is you feel less alienated and more deeply understood. In my mind, therapy ought to be an active, collaborative and relationship-based process and not a passive, silent or 'observable' exercise. Certainly, this seems to be born out in my work with clients who experience a diverse range of issues. This can include coping with the aftermath of historical, painful and complex traumatic experiences, such as those found with 'post-traumatic stress', which can be experienced in very distressing and bodily-felt ways. By using an approach that addresses these body-felt experiences, we can find ways that reduce these alarming responses to what feels 'threatening' (even if 'logically' no 'threat' seems to exist). This is normal if you have experienced trauma in your life. Gradually, you can begin to understand these protective responses and develop effective ways to feel better able to cope.
How might therapy benefit me?
- Provides the space, time and attentive listening to work out what you would like to use therapy for, for example, coming to terms with a relationship break-up, understanding how to stop 'panic attacks', coping with a loss or issues with your sexuality or gender.
- Enables you to understand the protective responses (sometimes called 'triggers') that can be the result of traumatic experiences.
- Supports you in understanding 'anxiety' and 'depression' as emotional dysregulation.
- Enables you to develop resourceful and effective ways to support the emotional re-regulation of trauma-related responses, sometimes called the five 'Fs': 'fight', 'flight', 'freeze', 'Flop' and (Be)friend.
- Enables you to begin the process of coming to terms with what happened and to find new meaning to the 'trauma'.
- Supports you to identify internal conflicts between the different 'parts' of you and provides a means for you to foster internal compassion and empathy.
Can I afford it?
Like any other professional healthcare service, therapy is an investment in your physical, emotional and mental well-being. The fee charged is reflective of the quality of the service and the costs incurred, coupled with the value placed upon the work by the client. An initial 30-minute consultation is free-of-charge. Thereafter, my fee structure is designed to meet the financial capacity of clients, whilst seeking to make the service as affordable and accessible as possible. Some concessionary sessions are available so please ask. My fees and cancellation policy are below.
What can I expect?
- Free, initial 30-minute consultation:
Understandably, it can feel daunting to meet a therapist for the first time. However, you can relax knowing our first session together is simply a gentle opportunity to think about what you want to do in counselling, for us to consider whether or not I am the right therapist for you and what is troubling you lately. Either way, there is no obligation and if you're not sure or have any questions, please feel welcome to give me a call or send an email.
- Subsequent sessions
Usually, I work with clients on a short-term (generally 12 weeks) or long-term (open-ended) basis depending upon their needs. The choice is yours and this is something we would discuss at our first meeting. Sessions are usually weekly, normally at the same time, last 50-minutes and our time together is regularly reviewed. Occasionally, during more intensive work, clients' may ask for more than one session a week.
Training, qualifications & experience
My experience, training and qualifications:
Currently, my work is split between the NHS IAPT service (Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies) and private practice. I have worked holistically with children, young people and adults over the last 6 years in a variety of settings, including colleges, schools and private practice. My experience as a therapist includes teaching and training potential counsellors at all levels, with well-established training providers, as well as supervision and group facilitation.
Qualifications & training:
- Diploma in Integrative Supervision of Individuals and Groups
- Level 1 Sensori-motor psychotherapy: affect dysregulation, survival defences & traumatic memory
- Level 2 Sensori-motor psychotherapy: Emotional Processing, Meaning Making, and Attachment Repair
- Level 1 Emotion Focussed Therapy
- MSc Psychology, Liverpool University (currently completing)
- CPCAB Level 4 Certificate in Counselling Children (practice)
- CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Level 6 Professional Graduate Certificate in Education & Training (ProfGCE), Canterbury Christchurch University
- 2:1 BA in Management, Birkbeck College, University of London.
(The Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB) is a UK awarding body managed by professional counsellors, trainers and supervisors. Now in its 21st year of operation, it is the only awarding body in Europe to specialise in the field of counselling.)
Ethical Practice and accessibility:
- Unfortunately, there is no wheelchair access
- I take my work to a BACP senior accredited supervisor.
- I have professional indemnity insurance.
- My service is open to everyone, regardless of gender, age, sexuality, religion, race, or culture.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Fees are discussed during the initial session and although there is some variation, these are typical fee arrangements for the area.
FOLKESTONE: I ask clients to pay between £45-£55 for a 50-minute session.
Sessions can be paid in cash or via bank transfer. Invoices are available upon request.
Concessionary sessions: although limited and day-time only, these are available so please ask: fees are based on a sliding scale and are assessed by clients' personal circumstances (for example, being a full-time student, a pensioner, unemployed or on a low wage). These are offered with the aim to make the service as accessible as possible.
Cancellations with less than 48 hours notice will be charged the FULL amount for the session so please take this into consideration if you begin to feel unwell or are planning events in advance.
Notice of planned holidays with greater than 7 days notice will not be charged for.
Free parking is available at Channel Business Centre, Ingles Manor. After 5 pm, there is no reception, so whilst the building might look closed, I will be there to greet you shortly before your appointment.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Folkestone: please contact for availability.
Types of client
Supervision & training