@Dominic Hamilton-Leathart Counselling 2019

My journey towards becoming a counselling practitioner

 

The decision to become a qualified counselling practitioner was largely propelled by my own experiences of the therapeutic relationship facilitating tremendous psychological growth. Even prior to the many hours of mandatory personal therapy required for the completion of my training, I have been the grateful recipient of therapeutic care from counselling practitioners throughout the years. These experiences left an indelible impression about the unsurpassed potential the counselling relationship possesses in empowering people to achieve crucial insight about themselves as well as rediscover and reanimate constructive forward-moving tendencies at the heart of each and every one of us. 

The closest approximation I can use to best describe my experience of counselling is one of liberation. After many sessions of fruitful exploration with my therapist, it became apparent how mired I had been in conflicts derived from the many expectations I had internalised from my environment. Along the way, I realised that the definition of my selfhood was comprised of values that were inculcated into me as a child. In order to be acceptable in my own eyes and in the eyes of others, it was imperative that I live up to a multitude of familial and cultural standards. Without my knowledge, I had relinquished my own ability to discern who I was or what I felt to be right or wrong in relation to my own organismic values. 

Both through my previous experience with counselling and my role as a professional counselling practitioner, I came to appreciate the therapeutic relationship as the key to personal growth and recuperation. As mentioned, the power of the therapeutic relationship is something I can confidently attest to both personally and professionally. I'm continually amazed by how the relational ingredients that underpin the counselling dynamic stimulate psychological movement. When someone understands us and unqualifiedly accepts the essence of our personhood, tremendous growth can be achieved. I have worked with clients with a range of issues and from a variety of different backgrounds - reinforcing my passionate belief in the process.

During my training, I gained considerable experience working as a trainee and volunteer counsellor in a primary school in Nottingham. This entailed conducting individual counselling sessions with a non-directive form of play therapy. I later volunteered as a trainee, and then as a qualified counsellor, with a charity that supports children and young adults in the areas of Newark and Lincolnshire. 

 

These issues include some of the following:

 

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Eating Disorders

  • Self-harm

  • Suicidal Ideation

  • Bereavement

  • Anger

  • Relationships

  • Personal Development

  • Psychological Trauma

  • Gender Identity

  • Sexual Orientation

  • Sexuality

  • Childhood Abuse

 

 

 

 

For my information on my therapeutic approach, please refer to the About Counselling section. 

 

Qualifications in Counselling

 

  • First-Class BA (Hons) Degree in Humanistic Counselling Practice

  • Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies

  • Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills

  • Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Counselling Theories

 

 

Other qualifications

  • MA in Criminology

 

 

 

 

 

 

Professional & Ethical Practice 

 

I'm a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I attained a Certificate of Proficiency (CoP) after having successfully passed a CoP exam. This attests to meeting the necessary professional and ethical standards that client's have a right to expect, as well as affirming my commitment to adhering to a code of ethics to govern my counselling practice. 

 

The values enshrined in the BACP's code of ethics include such indispensable principles as beneficence, non-maleficence and respecting the client's autonomy; honouring his or her right to self-determination. You can view the BACP's code of ethics at your own leisure here: https://www.bacp.co.uk/events-and-resources/ethics-and-standards/ethical-framework-for-the-counselling-professions/

 

As part of my ethical and professional commitments, I attend regular supervision, personal therapy, and participate in CPD workshops to further my professional development. I'm covered by professional therapist insurance and in possession of an enhanced DBS certificate.