Dominique du Pré, Dip.Couns, MBACP
How Can I Help You?
I know it takes a lot of courage to take that first step and contact a counsellor. Our lives can sometimes seem difficult. You may feel sad, anxious or simply confused and overwhelmed. Counselling can give you the opportunity to work through the challenges you face.
Whether you are looking for help with your relationships, depression, work issues, self confidence or just feeling ‘stuck’, counselling may help. Some of the benefits include:
- Attaining a better understanding of yourself and your goals
- Developing skills for improving your relationships
- Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek counselling
- Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
- Changing old behaviour or relationship patterns
- Building confidence and self esteem
- Finding your voice
I am calm, empathic, accepting and non-judgemental. I can offer you a safe space where you can be yourself. Through counselling, I can help you to understand and work through your issues at your own pace. During this process of self-discovery, I will support you in making positive changes in your life.
I firmly believe that each person is unique and there isn't a 'one approach fits all' in counselling. I will work with you, as an individual. The relationship between client and counsellor is key to therapeutic change. It is difficult to get a sense of a person through a short profile like this so I speak with all new clients on the phone prior to the first appointment. This gives you the opportunity to ask any questions and to get a sense of how we would work together.
What to Expect in the First Session
Before we first meet, I will speak to you on the phone so you can get a sense of what I am like and to give you the chance to ask any questions you might have about how we will work together. In the first session, we will work together to identify what has brought you to counselling and what you hope to get out of the process. We will also establish how we will work together, for example boundaries, timings and confidentiality. This is your time so it is important that you feel comfortable and safe and able to open up.
If you would like to find out more, have a look at my website.
If you think I could help you, feel free to contact me. I look forward to meeting you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I work locally in private practice and also volunteer for a local charitable counselling agency. Through this I have worked with a wide variety of clients with very varied issues and needs. I am a qualified integrative counsellor and a registered member of the BACP.
My years of experience as a secondary school teacher and pastoral lead have given me rich experience in working with young adults and the challenges they face.
I work mainly in a person centred way which means you determine the course and pace of your work with me. We work collaboratively to understand what is preventing you from achieving your goals.
I work face to face with clients on a one to one basis.
I believe in the importance of continuing professional development and have trained in solution focussed counselling, working with bereaved clients, working with childhood sexual abuse, working with children and young people, adolescent self harm and a variety of other issues.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
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I charge £45 for a 50 minute counselling session.
Payment is in advance by BACS or at the start of the session in cash.
I work from a quiet and private room in Maidenhead.
I am located close to the M4 and M40. On street parking is available.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I offer daytime and some evening appointments.
Types of client