Nick Hoare, MA, MBACP (Accred)
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 and with a Homelessness project in Yorkshire (HHP). I worked for several years as a Counsellor and 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 will 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; reflecting upon 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 thereafter. 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
My experience as a therapist is informed and supported through the wide range of therapeutic settings I have worked in since 1998; where I have worked closely in supporting individuals as well as facilitating group based services within a range of organisations. I have supported many individuals struggling with moderate issues or problems, as well as working closely with individuals living with enduring mental health issues and concerns. All my work has been underpinned by effective supervision and reflection, which I use to respond to the unique circumstances and experiences that every client brings to therapy.
My formal training in Counselling began through completing an HE Certificate in Counselling and Interpersonal skills. I am qualified to the level of Masters Degree in Psychotherapy and Counselling from Leeds University, 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.
As a qualified therapist I worked for two years as a counselling services manager, supporting therapists and coordinating the clinical practice of the service. This has added to my commitment in what counselling can achieve, and to further reflect on what has worked well in therapy; from multiple perspectives. I have in excess of 1000 hours of formal counselling with clients.
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 (2019)
Training, qualifications & experience
HE Cert Counselling and Interpersonal skills (Leeds Beckett) 2009-2010
MA Psychotherapy and Counselling (Leeds University) 2011-2014
Numerous additional training courses including :
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
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 for all sessions following this.
Charges to organisations / services start from £50 per session.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytime and Evening City Centre
Types of client