Why I’m the therapist you are looking for?

Hello, my name is Dominika Chalder and I practise modern hypno-psychotherapy which is progressive, inquiring and creative. I bring a non-judgemental and insightful mind to guide you through the process of betterment and self-discovery.

What sets me apart from other therapists and coaches is a skillful use of clinical hypnosis and mindfulness that allows me to work with your problem at the deeper, unconscious level. 

When you experience this altered state of consciousness, your brain is more placid and releases a lot of dopamine and serotonin so it can learn faster new ways of thinking, feeling and behaving, which promotes long-lasting changes. Because of that, I can help you move much quicker towards your goals than the traditional forms of therapy and counseling. I focus on what’s right with you so you can discover and hone your strengths and talents. This brings empowerment and significant improvements in the quality of your life.

My story and background
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I have what is called a neurodivergent brain with ADHD traits. In the past 18 years of my career I maneuvered through academic and corporate positions, desperately trying to fit into the roles that were not designed for neurodivergent people. I was always feeling like a square peg in a round hole and asking myself what was ‘wrong’ with my brain. I worked with many coaches and talking therapists but my predicament wasn’t improving, so I felt very frustrated and disappointed. Until I stumbled across the neuroscientific research about the role of the limbic system in controlling the negative effects of ADHD. Since the limbic brain operates only on the unconscious level I realised that to improve my ADHD symptoms, I needed a different method that would bypass the thinking brain (prefrontal cortex).

I decided to try methods that naturally can alter the brain’s conscious state such as hypnotherapy and mindfulness and I finally hit home! Since then, I learnt how to train my brain to take control of my ADHD traits. My life changed for the better and I believe that with the right methods tailored to your specific needs, you can change yours too! I’m not an expert but I gained a deep understanding of what usually works and how to deal most effectively with this condition. My professional and personal growth has led me to further studies in Integrative Psychotherapy, Mindfulness Meditation and Clinical Hypnotherapy and ultimately to qualify as a therapist. 

Interests that influence my practice
Dominika Chalder Art

In my free time I’m also a painter and exhibiting artist.

My creativity brings a valuable skill in therapy because it allows me to help my clients devise solutions to their complex problems. I believe that therapy is as much an art as a science. It’s about painting intuitively with balance and harmony rather than ‘painting by numbers’.  My therapeutic approach feels very natural and is always tailored to your individual needs.

I weave psychotherapeutic techniques in our conversations and practising altered mental states, so you won’t experience endless form filling or laborious explanations of a hypothetical theory of human behavior. 

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Qualifications and memberships

I have completed accredited training in the therapeutic field that meets National Occupational Standards (NOS). I am in ongoing clinical supervision and belong to well-recognised professional associations listed below. These professional bodies require members to adhere to their Code of Ethics and have a structured complaints procedure. I am currently a Trainee Integrative Psychotherapist and I’m working in clinical practice towards full accreditation under the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).

  • Master’s Degree in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling – ongoing clinical and academic training – National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy / The UK Council for Psychotherapy
  • Clinical Hypnotherapy in Practice Diploma – October 2020 – The National Council for Hypnotherapy 
  • Certificate in Mindfulness Teaching – October 2020 – UK College of Mindfulness Meditation
  • Diploma in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy – July 2020 – Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training
  • Certificate in Brain-Friendly Training – (Applied Neuroscience in Learning & Development) – September 2015 – The Institute of Training and Occupational Learning
  • Doctoral Degree (PhD) in Environmental Sciences – September 2011 – University College Dublin
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Continuous Professional Development Record (CPD)
  • NCHP – Person-Centred Theory and Ethics (14h) – 31 Oct / 1 Nov 2020
  • NCHP – Humanistic and Gestalt Approaches (14h) – 28/29 Nov 2020
  • NCHP – Psychodynamics (Freud and Jungian) (14h) – 19/20 Dec 2020
  • NCHP – Further Psychodynamics Approaches (14h) – 30/31 Jan 2021
  • NCHP – Behavioural and CBT Approaches (14h) – 20/21 Feb 2021
  • Royal Society of Medicine – Brain activation during hypnotic suggestion of changes in pain sensation (2h) – 26 Feb 2021
  • UKCP – Research and Reflexivity (1h) – 18 Mar 2021
  • NCHP – Transactional Analysis (14h) – 20/21 Mar 2021
  • CPHT – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (6h) -19/26 Apr 2021
  • NHS – Suicide Prevention (2h) – 3 May 2021
  • NCHP – Annual Conference (16h) – 1/3 Oct 2021
  • PESI – Trauma Conference with Bessel van der Kolk (9.5h) – 8/9 Jan 2022
  • Anxiety UK – Assessing risk, Complex cases and GDPR (2h) – 28/30 Jan 2022
  • PESI – Working with suicide (3h) – 12 Jun 2022
  • NCH – Psychodynamic Hypnotherapy (8h) – 17 Jun 2022 
  • PESI – An introduction to the Internal Family Systems Model for Healing Trauma, Anxiety, Depression (6h) – 7 Jul 2022
  • AfSFH – Art of Solution Focused Brief Therapy Questioning (7.5h) – 11 Sep 2022
  • CECCP – Acceptance and Commitment Therapy – ACT (7h) – 26 Nov 2022
  • PESI – Changing the ADHD Brain: Moving Beyond Medication (6.5h) – 20 Jan 2023
  • PESI – ADHD Advances in Diagnosis, Treatment and Management (3h) – 27 Jan 2023
  • PESI – Rethinking ADHD: A New Treatment Approach (2h) – 30 Jan 2023
  • PESI – Psychopharmacology: Essential Updates for Mental Health Professionals (3h) – 31 Jan 2023
  • PESI – Clinical Strategies for Clients Struggling to Meet the Demands of Adulthood (6.75h) – 04 Feb 2023
  • PESI – Adult ADHD: Targeting Executive Skills to Manage ADHD in Adults (6.5h) – 13 Feb 2023
  • NCHP – Working with anxiety (14h) – 11/12 Mar 2023
  • NCHP – Dreaming on Purpose – Exploring the inner landscapes through psychotherapeutic dreamwork (14h) – 24/25 June 2023
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