@Dominic Hamilton-Leathart Counselling 2020

What is Counselling?


Counselling is a specialised type of interpersonal relationship that enables clients contending with a variety of emotional problems to explore their experiences in a safely contained and supporting environment. It is a helping relationship predicated on a qualified practitioner assuming a facilitative role in assisting clients in their psychological growth, maturity and development.  


The therapeutic relationship is characterised by a conglomeration of relational qualities evidenced to be growth-promoting. These qualities are conducive for clients to explore experience uncontaminated by evaluative or interpretive attitudes on the part of the therapist. As a result of the provision and reception of these interrelational conditions, clients are able to explore and talk about experiences they would've heretofore found inadmissible. 


The therapist seeks to empathically understand what their clients are experiencing in a manner that is uncorrupted by any semblance of judgement or preconception. This requires sensitively entering the clients internal frame of reference; meaning the world through their eyes. The client is prized as a unique person and their autonomy promoted. They are then empowered to explore their emotional conflicts in their own way.


The counselling relationship is structured around boundaries of vital importance. These professional boundaries provide security and safety for both the client and the practitioner. A therapeutic hour, for example, typically fifty-minutes in duration, is maintained in the interests of both continuity and consistency. The value of confidentiality is absolutely crucial to containing sensitive information and promoting a climate of trust. 




Why do people go to counselling and how can it help?



You might be struggling with a low self-esteem, difficulties in your relationship, suicidal ideation, self-harming, bereavement, anxiety, depression or a range of other difficulties that counselling can be instrumental in resolving. Counselling practitioners work alongside you to help you explore your experiencing as a sensitive and empathic companion. This creates a supporting psychological climate that permits you to accurately process what you're going through at an unrushed and comfortable pace. The counselling process enlivens you to make your own informed choices thenceforward as you're helped to learn more and more about yourself. This allows you to move forward in a way that uniquely resonates with you.


When you're able to see yourself and your situations more clearly, working together as we do on disentangling, reassessing and reframing your experience and your construct of self, you'll find yourself able to navigate the terrain of life more constructively. Whatever experiences you bring into the therapy room, you will be treated with equitable compassion and attentiveness. It takes an enormous amount of courage to reach out and look for therapeutic support when you're struggling to manage. My counselling practice offers you a professional space to start your journey towards feeling better and more like yourself.

What is your approach to counselling?


The therapeutic modality I practice is the person-centred approach.


As counselling is practised and conceptualised in a variety of different ways, it's important you're abreast with information about what distinguishes my approach from disparate counselling methodologies. This is essential to making an informed choice about whether or not my therapeutic practice is right for you.


The person-centred approach was formulated by the late psychologist Carl Rogers. Rogers recognised that it is the client who knows what's best. The authority that was previously situated in the hands of the practitioner was to become decentralised and made for a more equalitarian therapeutic dynamic. This groundbreaking discovery set the stage for revolutionising the therapeutic procedure by challenging the assumptions at the heart of the medical model.


After years of clinical experience and meticulous research about the therapeutic process, specifically with respect to ascertaining what makes therapy such an efficacious means of mobilising healing, Rogers discerned that it was the client's underappreciated capacity for self-direction that proved a potent force for constructive personality change. Rogers began to appreciate this inherent forward moving tendency as the nexus for healing and its power to be released when the practitioner possessed and related to his clients with a certain operational philosophy. 


The therapeutic relationship is established on what's come to be known as the core conditions of empathy, congruence and unconditional positive regard. Attitudes sincerely held and emitted by the practitioner allow the client to explore aspects of themselves and their experience in a manner that they may be unaccustomed. The absence of threat permits clients to venture into emotional territory hitherto cordoned off by defences. Clients can come to perceive themselves differently and accrue crucial insight into their individual experiences and their situation. These conditions will galvanise the client's actualising resources toward living more wholeheartedly and authentically. 


I will endeavour to cultivate a therapeutic space epitomised by the qualities of trust, warmth and unwavering respect. My efforts will be focused on working collaboratively alongside you, free of any semblance of coerciveness or oppressiveness, to explore what you're experiencing as an empathic companion. This will enable you to effectively find your own solutions and lead you to do what you feel is right for you.


After amassing many years of experience in the field, working with children, adolescents and adults, I sincerely believe that the relational components that constitute the classical person-centred approach are truly effective in unlocking and mobilising the self-healing potential of the client as they struggle the find their true self. I will do my utmost to facilitate these therapeutic conditions in order that I may be of the greatest assistance to you on your counselling journey. 

If you have any further queries, or would like to schedule an appointment, please don't hesitate to get in contact. I'm available through email, text and phone; please use whatever medium suits.


If you leave a message, I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Phone: 07437211571

Email: dominic@dominichlcounselling.co.uk

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