Dominic Mathias MBACP (registered) @ Phoenix Counselling Kent
01303 856 116 / 07956 232 069
Are you looking for a counsellor who believes therapy should create real, tangible change for you?
Are you looking for the space to get a handle on difficulties or problems you are experiencing with someone you can trust who will listen, in a confidential, comfortable, quiet and non-judgemental environment?
I am a professional, fully qualified, counsellor and trainer, working for the NHS as well as in private practice at Phoenix Counselling Kent and have significant clinical experience across 6 years of professional counselling, working effectively with common issues such as anxiety, depression, affect dysregulation and trauma. I have experience of working with diverse client groups, including with young people and children.
Ensuring there is a good 'fit' between us is crucial to successful therapy so I offer a low-cost initial session for 30 minutes (please see below for fees). I 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?
My approach is humanistic and compassionate, where you are considered a human being and not a label. Generally speaking, my work is informed by Person-Centred, Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), sensori-motor psychotherapy and other experiential therapies, which research has shown are effective in working with a range of moderate to severe mental health issues. I work with clients who experience the aftermath of historical, unresolved and complex traumatic experiences, such as those found with post-traumatic stress, which can be experienced in very distressing and bodily-felt ways. I adopt a 'body-centred' approach as part of the ethos of being 'client-centred', a holistic system that seeks to understand the entirety of the person.
How might counselling benefit me?
- Means you don't have to go through things alone.
- Enables you to understand the protective responses that can be the result of traumatic experiences and develop effective ways to help re-regulate emotional distress
- Helps you identify internal conflicts between the different 'parts' of you and provides a means for you to foster internal compassion and empathy
- Enables you to think things through in a confidential and safe setting and gain some understanding about yourself
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 £20. 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?
- Initial consultation:
Understandably, it can feel daunting to meet a counsellor 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 counsellor for you and how you are experiencing distress at the moment. 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 qualifications and training:
I am currently a psychotherapist-in-training with the Metanoia Institute (London) and have taught counselling at levels 2, 3 and 4 with well-established training providers. I have the following counselling and teaching qualifications:
- Level 1 Sensori-motor psychotherapy: affect dysregulation, survival defenses & traumatic memory
- Level 1 Emotion Focussed Therapy
- MSc Psychology, Liverpool University (currently completing)
- MSc. Contemporary Person-centred Psychotherapy and applications, the University of Middlesex (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.)
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. These clients have experienced a range of different issues, some of which might feel familiar to you now:
- relationship struggles
- self-injury and self-harm
- going through a separation or divorce
- family tensions
- the loss of someone or something important
- depression or sad feelings
- anxiety or fear
- experiencing a lack of confidence
- feeling betrayed by someone important to you
- anger or rage
- difficulties at work
- severe and distressing trauma
- psychological, emotional, physical or sexual abuse
- low self-esteem
- having a lack of meaning or purpose to life
- feeling lost or stuck
- overwhelming insecurities or a sense of shame
- exam stress
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
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- 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
Fees are discussed during the initial session.
I ask clients to pay £20 for an initial 30-minute session and then charge between £45-£55 thereafter for a 50-minute session. Although there is some variation, these are typical fee arrangements.
Payment for the initial session is to be paid on the day, in cash. Subsequent sessions can be paid in cash or via bank transfer. Invoices are available upon request.
Although limited, 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 Ingles Manor.
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