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Combining modern holistic counselling with fast and effective, practical support. Together, we secure the emotional skills and hands-on tools you need for wellbeing.
Phobias, panic and PTSD
Marriage and couples
Children and young people
Perhaps it’s helpful to think of counselling as borrowing someone else’s brain.
Each of us lend and borrow a range of assets each day: skills, resources, knowledge, support and attention to name just a few.
In a sense, counselling reflects these daily interactions. When we suffer emotional distress (whatever the reason), we often lack the mental and emotional capacity to perceive things clearly and constructively. This is where a competent and professional hand can help; offering support to perceive things clearly, understand circumstances from a wider perspective and critically, to feel differently about the situation at hand.
My approach to support is based upon a holistic understanding of each person.
Instead of viewing people as a set of separated components, the goal of a holistic approach is to balance all the different aspects of the person, so the entire person is addressed in treatment and not just one aspect.
I work from a Human Givens perspective; that we each have a range of physical and emotional needs, and that when these are met in balance, we experience physical and mental health and wellbeing.
However, everyone’s circumstances are unique, so there are no one size fits all approaches to effective support. Each person has an important story to share (and be heard) and this is where our work begins.
The approach I adopt combines a range of evidence-based techniques from across various counselling approaches. I also utilise visualisation to strengthen the outcomes of our work together.
Utilising your strengths and innate resources in order to get emotional needs met, we can tailor support that effectively responds to your personal circumstances.
If you decide that you would like to explore working together, I’m always happy to offer you a brief, introductory call in order to hear a little more about your current circumstances. I’ll also be able to offer some further information on next steps and also respond to any questions you might have. This will also support you in the decision-making progress of finding the right person to work with.
Once working together, appointments last around 75 minutes. If helpful, I also provide a written summary of our work, plus a description of any in-between session tasks in order to consolidate theory into practical results.
There are various ideas about how long a course of counseling might last. One potential issue with this is that it builds in a presupposition as to how long it should take.
This will vary for each individual, dependent upon personal circumstances and the amount of work that’s necessary to ensure meaningful progress.
However, the approach I work with is typically brief. In most instances, I meet with clients around four to six times in total, and in some cases less (just to offer an indicator).
For many people, time is short and so unless agreed otherwise, our work together will focus upon ensuring you can make the fastest possible progress.
How will you know when this progress has been achieved? You’ll feel that your circumstances have been thoroughly heard and understood, that you have a firm grasp of your situation and subsequently, that you possess the necessary tools and skills for moving forward with increased confidence and control.
Dominic is an amazing professional. In a few sessions he was able to help me a lot.
– JZ –
The care and support I received was completely different from my previous experience of therapy.
– KY –
Dominic is a gifted behavioral therapist who relies on a mix of practical and theoretical tools.
– JV –
Wonderful therapist! I made a lot of progress even in just two sessions together. Highly recommend.
– SS –
What is effective counselling?
For many people, seeking assistance for mental distress can feel like a big step, making choosing the right counsellor extremely important. Yet with so many types of treatment available (approx. 400 different approaches!), trying to assess what might constitute effective support often involves a leap of faith.
Perhaps similar to taking something precious for repair – without a specialist’s understanding, we have to hope the person responsible is performing a safe and competent job. Mental wellbeing always deserves the utmost professional care and consideration, and so you are entitled to feel both informed and confident about the counsellor you choose to work with.
With this in mind, the following outlines, at least from one perspective, what effective counselling might entail. In addition, it reflects the minimum that you’ll be able to expect from me in our work together:
- knows how to build rapport quickly with distressed people
- understands depression and how to lift it
- helps immediately with anxiety problems including trauma or fear related symptoms
- is prepared to give advice if needed or asked for
- will not use jargon or tell you that counselling or psychotherapy has to be ‘painful’
- will not dwell unduly on the past
- will be supportive when difficult feelings emerge, but will not encourage people to get emotional beyond the normal need to ‘let go’ of any bottled up feelings
- may assist you to develop your social skills so that your needs can be better fulfilled
- will help you to draw and build on your own resources (which may prove greater than you thought)
- will be considerate of the effects of counselling on the people close to you
- may teach you to relax deeply
- may help you think about your problems in new and more empowering ways
- uses a wide range of techniques as appropriate
- may ask you to do things between sessions
- will take as few sessions as possible
- will increase your self confidence and independence and make sure you feel better after every consultation
How long does treatment last?
The approach I work with is typically brief. Most patients I see for around four to six times in total, and in some cases less. For many people, time is short and so unless agreed otherwise, our work together will focus upon ensuring you can make the fastest possible progress.
Will my public health insurance pay for therapy with you?
No. Please note that I am not part of the German statutory health insurance system. Some private, international insurance might cover the costs of counselling. However, I do not deal directly with your insurance company. You pay and then request reimbursement from the company.
I provide all invoices as necessary.
Where is your praxis located?
My praxis is located in Prenzlauer Berg, very close to the Eberswalder Strasse station. The address is Schliemannstraße 41, 10437 Berlin.
Can you offer me any assurances regarding your professional competence?
I am a member of the HGI Register, which is accredited by the UK-based Professional Standards Authority.
How can I book a session?
Please send me a message below to arrange a call. It’s the best way for us to have an initial conversation so I can understand your situation, answer your questions more fully – and you’ll also get to know me, the way I work and how I might be able to help you.
Do you offer online support?
Yes, I do. In the first instance, it’s always ideal to meet in person (if possibly) as this enables us to quickly build mutual trust and understanding. However, there are numerous benefits in working together online. If this flexible mode of working is convenient to your circumstances, just let me know and we’ll schedule a good way forward.