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About me

I've spent the last decade being passionate about the importance of effective therapy providing lasting relief from distress and offering a service uniquely devoted to what makes you and your relationships tangibly better - practically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually . Whilst it can be a daunting first step, if you’re frequently experiencing grating or intolerable anger, self-hatred, shame, worry, loneliness or sadness, don’t go it alone any more. Instead, please contact me for a free 30-minute session and we can begin to think about and safely explore the roots of these experiences together, whether that’s through individual, couple, child, young-person or family therapy.

Uninterrupted, take the time you need to discover the imprinted legacy of childhood learnings that have shaped how you see and speak to yourself, your relationships with others and the world in general, and ask yourself this: are they still working for you?

If not, this is your courageous invitation to find out why limiting beliefs may be keeping you or your relationship stuck and locked in destructive and self-sabotaging cycles; ones which constantly prompt you to ask the same painful question inside: ‘why does this keep happening to me (or us)?’

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’s true that we may not have time machines to change experiences of the past, but together, we can understand what they meant for you then and change what they mean for who you believe yourself to be now. In powerful collaboration, find the words to re-write the narrative of your identity, the agency to author the story you want told and the passion to forge a life full of purpose.

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, trustworthy and confidential environment. My approach is effective with anxiety (generalised anxiety disorder, OCD etc.), panic attacks, stress, anger management, depression, low self-esteem, low self-confidence, bereavement, trauma, family issues 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. In working with couples, typical issues have included exploring subjects of betrayal and affairs; separation and divorce, while focusing on building communication skills, trust and emotional resilience.

Broadly, my work is informed by a Person-Centred Approach, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Body-based, and Systemic Psychotherapy, which research has shown are all effective with a varied range of issues that bring clients to therapy.

I work with individuals, couples and families, along 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?
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 for yourself, your relationships and your life!

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 and seeks to foster closer and stronger bonds.
  • 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 (and if applicable, your partner) want from therapy and your thoughts about what might be missing or perhaps what is needed. It’s also for us to consider whether or not I am the right therapist for you and what has been troubling you or your relationship 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 50-75 minutes (depending on whether individual or couple) 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

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

Body-based (trauma-informed) therapies

  • Bodynamics - Foundation course (currently completing)
  • Level 1 Sensori-motor psychotherapy: affect dysregulation, survival defences & traumatic memory
  • Level 2 Sensori-motor psychotherapy: Emotional Processing, Meaning Making, and Attachment Repair

Emotion-focussed therapies

  • Level 1 Emotion Focussed Therapy

Family-based therapies

  • Certificate in Systemic Practice (families & couples) - Institute for Family Therapy, London (currently completing)

Child and Young-person based training

  • CPCAB Level 4 Certificate in Counselling Children (practice)

Group Facilitation, Education & Training

  • Certificate in Group Facilitation - Re-vision, London
  • Level 6 Professional Graduate Certificate in Education & Training (ProfGCE), Canterbury Christchurch University

Supervision Training

  • Diploma in Integrative Supervision of Individuals and Groups - The Grove, London

Other Training

  • Level 1 Internal Family Systems (currently completing)
  • CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • 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.

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Fees

Fees are discussed during the initial session and although there is some variation, these are typical fee arrangements for the area.

My fees for individuals per session are on a sliding scale between £50-£70 for 50-minutes and my fees for couples counselling are £75-£95 for 75 minutes (fees are higher in London). Fees for family sessions are charged on a case-by-case basis. Fees for supervision are charged differently.

Payments are typically charged in advance through the Kiku booking system. Alternatively, payments can be 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). Please note: concessionary sessions can be subject to cancellation at short-notice, even though every effort will be made to prevent this.


IMPORTANT:

Cancellations

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.

Holidays

Notice of planned holidays with greater than 7 days notice will not be charged for.

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Availability

Please contact for availability.

Further information

FOLKESTONE:

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.

London
SW2

Folkestone
Kent
CT20

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Couples
Families
Groups

Supervision

Whilst I am familiar with other theoretical models, I tend to work predominantly from a humanistic orientation and can also supervise work with children and young people.

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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Dominic Mathias MBACP Therapist & Supervisor

Dominic Mathias MBACP Therapist & Supervisor