Hello and welcome to my profile page, where you will learn about how I work as a therapist and how to get things started if you would like to arrange an appointment.
You might prefer to find out more through a brief telephone conversation. In an initial 15 minute call we can discuss your situation, and I can offer you a view of whether therapy may be helpful at this time, as well as answer any questions that you might have. This might be especially useful if you have not seen a counsellor before, and would like to find out more about what's involved. A call at this stage would be free of charge and there would be no expectation to proceed further if you don't feel ready.
Please just leave a message with a good time for me to call you back and we can take it from there.
How I work
I work as a relational and existential therapist in private practice, based in Leeds City Centre, and am also employed as a Psychotherapist with The Harrogate Homeless Project. I worked for several years as a Counsellor and Counselling service coordinator with Leeds Mind and more recently as a student Counsellor with Leeds University. I work from the understanding that who we are and how we make sense of our lives is deeply informed by the ways in which we relate with others, and also with ourselves. I maintain a confidential, reliable and non-judgmental space to explore and establish new ways of understanding and responding to your situation and the problems you face. My task is to work with whatever you bring. Often this is likely to focus upon how things are for you now, but at times we may learn from other perspectives; such as how your life-story and history may help us in understanding your situation more fully.
The ways in which we describe and make sense of our situations are hugely varied. I draw upon many years of mental health experience in engaging and supporting individuals in distress. My priority is always to attend to our way of working together; in developing reflections from your own unique experience. It is this which underpins my approach at all times. I will regularly invite you to reflect upon what is happening for you in the counselling process. Progress in therapy is made by gaining new ways of understanding relationships of all kinds; including the counselling relationship. My job is to provide the conditions and opportunities in which you may freely explore what is happening for you. The more fully we are able to achieve this, the more valuable therapy can become.
I offer an initial session at £25 and £40 - £60 for sessions thereafter; determined by your level of income (or the income of the person paying for therapy). I am able to offer both longer term therapy as well as briefer, short-term work. As therapy sessions progress, a greater sense of what you need and want from therapy will become clearer, and this will continue to inform our overall length of work.
My experience as a therapist - working with diversity
My experience as a therapist is informed through the wide range of therapeutic settings I have worked in since 1998; where I have engaged closely in supporting individuals as well as facilitating group based services within Council, NHS and third sector organisations (detailed CV is available by request). I have supported many individuals struggling with moderate issues or problems, as well as working closely with individuals living with enduring and more severe mental health issues and concerns.
Over the years I have worked with many individuals who have been diagnosed, or whom identify themselves as being on the Autistic spectrum; both historically in my work with mental health services and as a therapist in private practice. I routinely carry out time-limited (16 session contracts) of therapy engaging individuals with Autism; which is funded through a clients local CCG (Clinical commissioning group) of the NHS, via their G.P.
My work as a counselling services manager included providing clinical support to therapists alongside coordinating the running of the service. This has added to my knowledge and commitment around what I understand counselling can achieve; as well as furthering reflection on what has worked well in therapy, from multiple perspectives. I have in excess of 1500 hours of formal counselling with clients.
My formal training in Counselling began by completing an HE Certificate in Counselling and Interpersonal skills. I then trained with Leeds University and qualified to the level of Masters Degree in Psychotherapy and Counselling, which consisted of a 2 year post graduate diploma training and a final third year of clinical psychotherapy research; evaluating and developing my practice as a therapist further. All my work is underpinned by regular effective supervision and reflection, which I use to respond to the unique circumstances and experiences that every client brings to therapy.
I am passionate in my belief that we have a profound capacity for growth and change and that talking therapies can offer a real opportunity for this; often taking us far beyond what may have seemed fixed and unmovable.
In an initial session you will have the opportunity to find out much more about what therapy might be like for you, and this will help both of us decide whether to proceed with further sessions. It is important you feel able enough to begin a process in which you are likely to experience uncertainty - it is working through this together that often becomes a meaningful element or stage in therapy. You may currently feel unsure as to how many sessions would be useful for you, and this is understandable. It is through engaging in a process with a counsellor that you'll be more able to answer this question. Your own decision making in therapy, and my capacity to support you in this, is a vital ingredient to the work; towards recovery, authenticity and positive change.
If you are interested in either arranging an initial session or just to speak on the phone at this stage please contact me. If I’m not able to answer please leave a telephone number and I'll be in touch to discuss things further with you.
Nick Hoare Counselling (2020)
Training, qualifications & experience
MA Psychotherapy and Counselling (Leeds University) 2011-2014
HE Cert Counselling and Interpersonal skills (Leeds Beckett) 2009-2010
Numerous additional training courses including (most recent first):
Counselling clients on the Autistic Spectrum
Working with suicide and self harm
Working with Dissociation in clinical practice
Substance misuse and dual diagnosis
Working with Psychosis and Personality disorders
Working with overdosing and self harming
Maintaining professional boundaries
Mental health awareness training
Autism awareness training
Solution focused interventions
I maintain a commitment to ongoing continuing professional development (CPD) as a therapeutic practitioner.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
A note on descriptions of presenting problems.
I have experience of working with individuals struggling with a wide range of presenting problems or life situations. General descriptions of problems or working with a diagnosis can often provide a helpful point of reference, but I have learnt that it is through developing your own language to what is happening for you that we are most likely to find helpful and meaningful ways forward.
Charges for individual private clients: £25 for the initial session, £40 - £60 for all sessions following this.
Private client fee levels:
Under £30,000 per year - £40 per session
£30,000 - £40,000 per year - £45 per session
£40,000 - £45,000 per year - £50 per session
£45,000 - £50,000 per year - £55 per session
£50,000 and above - £60 per session
Charges to organisations / services start from £50 per session.