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Dominica Hamilton-Leathart
BA, MA, MBACP, PhD Student, Counsellor & Psychotherapist (She/Her)
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My Counselling Practice

I am a fully qualified person-centred counsellor and registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I have amassed years of experience through volunteer work and private practice with young people and adults. In addition, I am currently working on my PhD in Counselling Studies at the University of Edinburgh, autoethnographically documenting and analysing my experience living as a trans woman under the weight of cisheteropatriarchy.

 

My academic areas of interest include person-centred psychology, self-compassion, Internal Family Systems Model, LGBTQIA+ studies, sex positivity, trans feminism, psychology of climate change denial, and humanistic theories of psychoanalysis. 

 

As a bisexual trans woman in a cisheteronormative society, I passionately recognise the importance of being true to myself, and this philosophy underpins my counselling practice. So many of us go through life looking for others' approval and avoiding disapproval. Social prejudice and discrimination can make us feel ashamed of who we are and stop us from being ourselves, resulting in great emotional pain. My approach aims to facilitate psychological growth by enabling you to identify and eliminate blocks that are getting in the way of authenticity and the emotional wellbeing that follows finding your voice. Say you find yourself affected by unrelenting anxiety, overwhelmed by low mood, or simply unsure of who you are, I will help you formulate ways to move forward to reclaim your true self. 

 

By differentiating your actions, thoughts, feelings and values from external, oppressive strictures, you can 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 your authentic self, coming to know yourself, own yourself and, finally, be yourself (Joseph, 2016).

 

Coronavirus Update

 

Face-to-face sessions are currently unavailable. I am working exclusively online.

 

Online sessions via Zoom remain open during the daytime and evening from Monday to Saturday. Please get in contact to arrange an appointment.

Nature

"There is no wrong way to express and embody your most authentic self! You are beautiful, and you deserve to have your body and identity and agency respected." - Meredith Russo

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

"Our existence enriches this world." - Shon Faye

"Whatever diminishes life is evil, and whatever enhances life is good." - John Shelby Spong

How Can Person-Centred Counselling or Psychotherapy Help Me?

 

Working with a professional counsellor or psychotherapist can help you on the way towards feeling better by learning more about who you are, what you value and find meaningful, fulfilling and representative of yourself, and overcoming 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 adversely impacts 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 affirmed, 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 true to you. These evolvements can include distinguishing more about what truly matters or experimenting with various strategies to better deal with whatever difficulties you face.

Counselling & Psychotherapy Appointments

 

Counselling and psychotherapy sessions are typically fifty minutes in length and £40 per appointment. Concessionary rates are available for clients of low income, students, NHS workers and the unemployed. Concessions operate on a sliding scale, and therefore the fee will vary depending on your financial and vocational circumstances and remain open to negotiation throughout the duration of your therapy.  

 

For counselling, 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 and psychotherapy. Sessions are open-ended, and you can bring your therapy to a close whenever you feel the time is right; a process we will work on together carefully. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Opening Session

 

 

Research clearly shows that 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 occur via Zoom or face-to-face (currently unavailable). These initial meetings enable us to address any questions 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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. 

MindLine Trans+ - MindLine Trans+ is a confidential emotional, 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, queer people. We work to improve the mental health and wellbeing 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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