Dominic Mathias MBACP (registered) Therapist & Supervisor
I've spent the last decade being passionate about the importance of professional counselling providing lasting change and offering a service uniquely devoted to what makes you feel better. If something keeps gnawing at you repeatedly and causing you distress, then contact me for a free 30-minute session with no obligation. This is your courageous invitation to find out why working with me offers something different from the normal talking therapy, especially when sometimes words are not enough. We may not have time machines to change the past, but together, we can understand what it meant for you then and change what it can mean for you now. I offer on-line counselling too; especially important in the current circumstances. Please feel free to book an appointment at www.wearekiku.com.
As anyone looking for a good therapist would expect, I am professional and fully-qualified, with extensive experience working for the NHS as well as in private practice and offer a safe and confidential environment. My approach is effective with anxiety or panic, depression, bereavement, trauma, family and relationship issues, sexuality, and gender-related issues, or simply exploring. This can include coping with the aftermath of historical, painful and complex traumatic experiences, such as those found with 'post-traumatic stress', neglect or abuse. Broadly, my work is informed by a Person-Centred Approach, Emotion-Focused Therapy and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, which research has shown are effective with a varied range of issues that bring clients to therapy.
I work with children and young people too (mostly because they're awesome).
I work in two locations, Folkestone and London SW2. In Folkestone, I am located 5-minutes from Folkestone Central Station and there is free parking. Please note my cancellation policy.
Answers to common questions asked by clients:
How do you work with clients?
The aftermath of painful historical experiences can all too often inhabit day-to-day living and frequently leads to fixed ways of coping, where you’re left stuck with beliefs about yourself that make you feel not-good-enough, angry, ashamed, misunderstood, lonely, scared, anxious and/or depressed. It doesn't have to be this way.
Importantly, I aim to create a safe place where my intention is for you to feel less alienated and more deeply understood. By collaboratively working together, greater choices can be created in how you respond to the world, other people and yourself so that previously fixed ways of relating can become more flexible. With the gradual integration of painful past events comes better beliefs that empower you towards a richer, happier and more fulfilling life. At your own pace, you can begin to understand your relational responses and develop resourceful ways to feel better able to cope, progressively re-discovering a sense of purpose and meaning.
How might therapy benefit me?
- Provides the space, time and attentive listening to work out what you would like to gain from therapy.
- Develops greater awareness of your automatic, learned responses that were once good ways of childhood coping, but which now restrict your day-to-day living.
- Encourages you to clarify what gets in the way of having the kinds of relationships you would like.
- Offers you ways to re-regulate powerful and sometimes overwhelming emotions.
- Supports you in developing effective ways to re-regulate 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 in the past and to find new meaning to the 'trauma' and/or painful childhood events.
- Helps you identify internal conflicts and provides a means for you to foster compassion and empathy for yourself.
- Sets you on the path to a more fulfilling and joyful life.
Can I afford it?
Like any other professional healthcare service, therapy is an investment in your physical, emotional and mental well-being. 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! Please see 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
Currently, my work is split between teaching, seeing supervisees and clients. I have worked holistically with children, young people and adults over the last decade in a variety of settings, including colleges, schools, the NHS 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:
- Certificate in Group Facilitation
- 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.
Ethical Practice and accessibility:
- Unfortunately, there is no wheelchair access at the Folkestone location
- 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.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Fees are discussed during the initial session and although there is some variation, these are typical fee arrangements for the area.
My fees per session are on a sliding scale between £50-£65 for 50-minutes (fees are higher in London). Please note, fees for supervision are different.
Payments are taken at the beginning of sessions by cash or card. 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.
Concessions offered 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.