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Dominica Hamilton-Leathart
BA, MA, MBACP, PhD Candidate
, Counsellor & Psychotherapist (she/her)


"The greatest gift we can give each other is our authentic selves and sharing that. Sharing our truth is what will make us strong." - Nia Nal 

 
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About Me.

I am a fully qualified counsellor with several years of experience as an integrative person-centred therapist in private practice. I earned a first-class BA in Humanistic Counselling Practice from the University of Nottingham. I have since continued honing my craft and passion. I am also a PhD candidate in counselling studies at the University of Edinburgh. I'm a trans woman, and my research is focused on autoethnographically exploring my experience of living as a trans person in a cisheteronormative culture. 

 

As a practitioner and researcher, I'm fascinated by Carl Rogers' unconditional positive regard/self-regard and Kristin Neff's Self-Compassion in fostering psychological and interpersonal/relationship well-being. I incorporate both of these evidence-based concepts into my practice. More personally, I'm an avid reader and, in full geeky, nerdy self-disclosure, heavily inspired by Supergirl (the fictional superheroine from Krypton). She embodies compassion, empathy, and kindness and fights tirelessly for equality and the rights and dignity of all people - values and goals I, too, hold in the highest regard.

As a person-centred therapist, I maintain that there's a force in all of us seeking to actualise our innermost selves. The resources for healing, wisdom, and growth lie within us, ready and waiting to be tapped. In an environment containing relational qualities such as genuineness, empathy, and unconditional respect, we can enhance states such as self-awareness and self-compassion by accessing innate generativity, thereby allowing us to reclaim and realise our authentic selves. These selves have untold potential to make a loving and positive difference in the world. 

A Bit About My Approach to Counselling

Most of us experience painful emotional states and life events that impact us. Maybe you have lost the meaning of your life, are suffering from a recent loss, are riddled with self-hatred, or are struggling with a persistent low mood. Regardless, we are all affected at one time or another by adversity. 

Amidst all the noise of the everyday, we rarely have a safe, warm space to sort through our thoughts, feelings and behaviours without the threat of judgement or some critical evaluation from family, friends, experts, or even ourselves descending upon us. In addition, though we may extend compassion and empathy to others, we very rarely treat ourselves with the same level of kindness, which often generates feelings of depression, anxiety and disconnection.

 

I will create an environment of safety where we can fully explore what you're going through and examine how you respond to these difficulties with undivided attentiveness and sensitivity. Each session will entail working together to carefully look at your thoughts, emotions, and behaviour to expand your perspective and discover new ways of engaging with and resolving your challenges. Escaping pain in life is impossible; it is a fact of life. However, there are things we can do to respond constructively to it that align with our growth in a way characterised by warmth towards our person in a way not dissimilar to how we're there for friends and family in need.

 

If you decide to book an appointment, I will be here to help you utilise your therapy in a manner that works for you. We are all different; I will never forget that a no one-size-fits-all solution doesn't exist. Your therapy will be tailored to you as an individual with your own story. Most importantly, my role as a therapist is not to fix you but to cultivate a space where we can work together to help you find yourself and embody your truth. 

"We need to actively empower every single person to be the hero of their own life." - Supergirl

"Compassion engages our capacity for love, wisdom, and generosity. It's a beautiful mental and emotional state that is boundless, directionless." - Kristin Neff

"The strongest force in our universe is not overriding power, but love". - Carl Rogers

Education

2014-2018

BA Hons in Humanistic Counselling Practice
The University of Nottingham

My training revolved around the modality of person-centred counselling devised by the late American psychologist Carl Rogers. This approach to counselling emphasises the importance of therapist attitudes and values in promoting psychological growth rather than skills expertly used by the therapist. As a result, I learned to appreciate the potency of empathic understanding, unconditional respect and genuineness in bringing about conditions suited to helping people heal and grow towards self-realisation.

2018-2019

MA Criminology
Nottingham Trent University

A criminology degree based on studying and understanding quantitative data in crime distribution and causes. There were also opportunities to learn about qualitative theories more germane to my understanding of personality development and disturbance as a counsellor.   

2021-2025

PhD Counselling Studies
University of Edinburgh

My research is concentrated on understanding the interpenetration of cisheteronormative systems of power and culture on my troubled path to self-realisation as a trans person. 

2012

Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Counselling Theories

Sutton Centre Academy

A brief introductory course to popular counselling modalities and schools of thought, such as person-centred, cognitive behavioural, and psychodynamic therapy. This course captured my heart and encouraged me to pursue the process of training in person-centred counselling.  

2012-2013

Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills 

West Nottinghamshire College

A short course on practising an assortment of counselling skills and techniques. Counselling skills were taken from both person-centred and cognitive behavioural traditions. 

2013

Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Counselling Theories

West Nottinghamshire College

Another short course focused on expanding our understanding of counselling theories and praxis from the traditions of humanistic and cognitive behavioural modalities.

The MoU (Memorandum of understanding) is a joint document signed by over 25 health, counselling and psychotherapy organisations which aims to end the practice of conversion therapy in the UK.

Please click these links for more information - https://www.bacp.co.uk/events-and-resources/ethics-and-standards/mou/

https://www.banconversiontherapy.com/

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Face-to-face sessions are currently unavailable. 

 

Online sessions via Zoom remain open during the daytime and evening from Monday to Saturday. Please contact me to arrange an appointment, and we will find a date and time that suits you.

For more information about Zoom, please visit: https://zoom.us/

What Will a Counselling Session Involve?

 

Each session will entail working together to explore your thoughts, emotions and life experiences to broaden your perspective and discover new ways of interfacing with yourself and the world. This could involve unpacking things that have happened in the past that are still negatively impacting you in the present, such as toxic relationship patterns that prevent you from achieving closeness and intimacy with others. 

 

Gradually, you may rethink certain assumptions about yourself, your relationships, and your environment and apply these insights to your life to make it more fulfilling. Every session will be an opportunity to examine your world and consider new ways to approach life in a way that is more authentic and healthy to your person.

 

As you become more aware of yourself and your options for constructive change, you will feel more and more empowered and equipped to deal with your life in the present and future. 

 

Number of Sessions

 

I will offer as many sessions as you feel you need. We will check in and discuss your progress periodically and, depending on where you are in your therapy, go about finding a suitable ending. Please know that you are welcome to return at any time. 

More Information About Counselling

 

Counselling sessions are typically fifty minutes long and cost £50 per appointment. Concessionary rates are available for clients of low income, students, NHS workers and those out of work. Concessions operate on a sliding scale; therefore, the fee will vary depending on your financial and vocational circumstances and remain open to change throughout your therapy.  

 

Appointments are typically scheduled for the same time and day every week to maintain consistency and momentum. However, while sessions are usually conducted once a week 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 every week.

 

I'm able to offer both short-term and long-term counselling. Sessions are open-ended, and you can bring your therapy to a close whenever you feel the time is right. If needed, you are welcome to resume your counselling at any time. 

 

 

Free Consultation

 

 

Research clearly shows that successful outcomes in counselling depend 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 free, allowing us to meet one another beforehand, introduce you to my approach, and ultimately help you determine whether my practice suits you.

 

This initial meeting can occur via Zoom or face-to-face (currently unavailable). These initial meetings enable us to address any questions about the counselling process and what the procedure entails. We can also review what you'd like to achieve in your therapy, although this may not always be clear. You're not obligated to return if you find my approach or person unsuitable.

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Information and Support

As a registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP), I faithfully and conscientiously abide by an ethical framework ensuring the highest standards of practice issued by my professional association and governing body. You are welcome to read the BACP's ethical framework here: https://www.bacp.co.uk/events-and-resources/ethics-and-standards/ethical-framework-for-the-counselling-professions/. 

If you would like to confirm my registration with the BACP and gather further information about the process of registration and accreditation, please visit the BACP register here: https://www.bacp.co.uk/about-us/protecting-the-public/bacp-register/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LGBTQ+ Clients

While finding a counselling practitioner with whom you feel safe and comfortable working alongside, you might find it helpful to have access to support in the interim or specialised professional assistance that may be better suited to your needs. 

Mermaids - Mermaids support transgender, nonbinary and gender-diverse children and young people until their 20th birthday, as well as their families and professionals involved in their care. They also currently offer web chat support to students up to the age of 25.

MindLine Trans+ - MindLine Trans+ is a confidential emotional and mental health support helpline for people who identify as transgender, agender, gender fluid and non-binary.

MindOut - MindOut is a mental health service run by and for lesbians, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer people. We work to improve the mental health and well-being of LGBTQ communities and to make mental health a community concern. 

Pink Therapy - Pink Therapy is the largest independent organisation working with gender and sexual diversity clients, aiming to promote high-quality therapy for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, and others who identify as gender or sexual diversities. 

General

Mental Health Support - Mind is here for anyone experiencing a mental health problem. But we know that those of us with LGBTIQ+ identities may face extra challenges around getting the right support. And we sometimes have extra needs or concerns.

Samaritans - Offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you. We won't judge you or tell you what to do, we'll listen to you.

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Contact Me

If you have any questions, do get in contact with me today and I will respond to you as soon as possible. Please note that all communication is protected under the strictest confidence. 

​Phone: 07437211571

Email: dominicacounselling@gmail.com

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