Dominica Hamilton-Leathart BA MA MBACP - Counsellor & Psychotherapist
If you find yourself affected by unrelenting anxiety, overwhelmed by sadness, or simply unsure of who you are, my therapeutic approach will help you formulate ways of moving forward. Many of us go through life looking for others approval and avoiding disapproval, limiting our ability to realise our true self. My practice aims to facilitate psychological growth by enabling you to identify and eliminate blocks that are getting in the way of authenticity and emotional wellbeing. We will work together to help you get in touch with your experience.
By differentiating your actions, thoughts, feelings and values from external voices, you can thereby become the author and authority of your life. The therapeutic process invites you to unpack, reevaluate and revise assumptions about your world and sense of self that may be acting as a roadblock to living fully and abundantly, unapologetically embracing yourself in all of your totality. Working together to disentangle, clarify and intimately understand your inner world, you can discover and subsequently embody who you indeed are, coming to know yourself, own yourself and, finally, be yourself (Joseph, 2016).
As a fully qualified person-centred counsellor and psychotherapist with clinical experience covering a diverse range of issues, I'm ready to provide you with professional therapeutic support that will put you on the road towards reclaiming ownership of your life.
What Can Person-Centred Counselling or Psychotherapy Offer Me?
Working with a professional counsellor or psychotherapist can help you on the way towards feeling better by learning more about who you are and overcome issues that you feel are holding you back. Whether you're dealing with depression, anxiety, grief, relationship breakdown, trauma, low self-esteem, or anything else that is adversely impacting your life, I will work with you to help you find constructive ways forward.
In the person-centred therapeutic relationship - a professional association that's free from any semblance of control or clinical judgment - you're able to find your solutions. The therapeutic qualities of safety, privacy, and respect create an environment of permissiveness where you can fully engage and understand what's happening in your world. Indeed, when you're unconditionally accepted, valued in your absoluteness, and seen from your point of view, you can begin to actualise transformative changes in your life that will endure.
By being alongside you, allowing you to give shape, form, and substance to what you're feeling, reassessing the way you see your world, and identifying what you want to get from your life, you will be able to proceed in new and creative ways uncompromisingly true to you. These evolvements can include distinguishing more about what truly matters to you or experimenting with various strategies to better deal with whatever difficulties you're facing.
What can I expect from you in a counselling session?
I will endeavour to cultivate a therapeutic space epitomised by the qualities of trust, safety, warmth, and unconditional respect. I will not dispense advice or give you directions, but I will caringly work alongside you as an attentive and empathic companion as I work to understand you. My efforts will focus on working with you free from preconception or evaluation and sensitively understanding your experience from your perspective. This non-directive approach creates a therapeutic space where we can work together on acquiring a better appreciation of what's happening and subsequently explore new ways of being.
Free Opening Session
Successful outcomes in counselling and psychotherapy are dependent on the quality of the therapeutic relationship. You must be able to find a counselling practitioner whom you trust and feel safe working alongside. With this in mind, your first thirty-minute session is available free of charge, giving us a chance to meet one another beforehand, and help you determine whether my practice suits you.
This initial meeting can take place via Zoom or face-to-face (currently unavailable). These initial meetings enable us to address any questions you may have about the counselling or psychotherapeutic process and what the procedure entails. We can also go over what you'd like to achieve in your therapy. You're under no obligation to return.
Person-Centred Counselling & Psychotherapy Appointments
Counselling and psychotherapy sessions are typically fifty minutes in length and £40 per appointment. Concessionary rates are available for clients on low income or unemployed. Concessions operate on a sliding scale, and therefore the fee will vary depending on your financial and vocational circumstances.
For counselling, appointments are scheduled for the same time and day every week to maintain consistency. However, while sessions are usually conducted weekly for counselling, further sessions will be scheduled during the same week for psychotherapy. If you elect to work with me psychotherapeutically, sessions are ordinarily conducted two to four times a week, but you will only pay for two of these sessions within that week.
I'm able to offer both short-term and long-term counselling and psychotherapy. Sessions are open-ended, and you can bring your therapy to a close whenever you feel the time is right.
Training, qualifications & experience
I'm a fully qualified person-centred counselling practitioner and psychotherapist. I graduated with a First-Class BA (Hons) degree in Humanistic Counselling Practice from the University of Nottingham. Before enrolling on higher education, I acquired three certificates covering both counselling theory and praxis. In September 2021, I will be commencing my PhD in Counselling Studies at the University of Edinburgh.
I'm a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Before becoming a registered member, I undertook a CoP exam and passed to earn a Certificate of Proficiency. The passing of this exam attests to my ability to maintain the necessary professional and ethical requirements to keep clients safe. This certificate equally affirms my commitment to adhering to a code of ethics issued by my professional association and governing body. I attend monthly supervision and participate in CPD (continuing professional development) work. I have professional therapist insurance and an enhanced DBS certificate to work with children, young people and adults.
During my training, I gained considerable experience working as a trainee and volunteer counsellor in a primary school in Nottingham. This voluntary work entailed individual counselling sessions with a non-directive form of play therapy. I later volunteered as a qualified counsellor with a charity that supports children and young adults. Since then, I've continued to pursue further training, as well as valuable experience working with adults and older adults in private practice.
These are just some of the areas that I have clinical experience with:
- Eating Disorders
- Suicidal Thoughts
- Personal Development
- Psychological Trauma
- Gender 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
- Master of Arts in Criminology
2021-24 - Doctoral Student
- PhD in Counselling Studies
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
From £25.00 to £40.00
Free initial online session
Concessions offered for
Bank, cash, and cheque payments are all acceptable.