Gary Tomkins BA (Hons). Dip.
52 Catherine Street
01373 467733 / 07812 544542
I would describe my working style as "traditional", in that I offer a warm therapeutic relationship based on a passionate dedication to authenticity, integrity, equality and openness. I listen to you and respect your individual uniqueness and help you come into right relationship with your problem or difficulty. Whilst I have a variety of trainings and experience the biggest influence on my work was working with Nicholas Spicer, an Analytical Psychologist, who received his training analysis from Mary-Loiuse von Franz, a close colleague and companion of Carl Jung, the founder of Analytical Psychology. Consequently I do not employ techniques or fit clients into normalising models as modern trainings seem to prescribe. I do not offer a "one size fits all" therapy.
I completed my first BACP accredited training in Psychosynthesis 16 years ago and have worked as a counsellor and psychotherapist ever since, adding further training along the way.
My background includes trainings in Integrative-Psychosynthesis and Core-Process Psychotherapy. I have had over twelve years of experience of Analytic Psychology (Jungian analysis) and supervision, and have been active in the Clients Voice movement. I worked for seven years in the Art Therapy Department of a Psychiatric Hospital and have been supervisor to an Inner City Drugs project and the Dementia Care Trust counselling service. I supervise a Bristol based counselling course. I have served on the Committee of the Bristol Psychotherapy Association and presented papers at The CG Jung Lectures (Bristol) and The Bath Analytic Network. A paper of mine was published in the book "Ethically Challenged Professions".
Particular areas of experience and expertise include working with Mid-life crisis (or any other time crisis) along with loss of meaning or sense of purpose in life, and depression. I have specific success working with early life trauma - emotional (e.g. adoption, parental bereavement) or physical (e.g. peri-natal trauma or early hospitalisation). I have an affinity with those who see themselves as Outsiders, Rebels, Misfits, Down-trodden or Excluded and can help these people feel more at ease with themselves (if not the World). I find that working with dreams provides a useful complement to the work. I offer both short term (time limited) and long term (open ended) contracts depending on your needs.
I provide supervision for Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Trainers and Alternative Practitioners.
Further details of my background - training, experience and working philosophy along with some published articles are available on my website www.individualpsychotherapy.co.uk
Please feel free to call me to arrange a free 1/2 hour session to meet me and for us to explore the suitability of working together.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Integrative-Psychosynthesis - Revision
Foundation in Core Process Psychotherapy - Karuna Institute
Voluntary work in Art Therapy Dept of Psychiatric Hospital - 5 years
Supervisor to manager and counsellors of Inner City Drugs project - 2 years
Supervisor to Counselling Director Dementia Care Trust - 3 years
Supervisor to Counselling training director.
Former committee member of Bristol Psychotherapy Association
Working in private practice - 18 years
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Borderline personality disorder
- Dependent personality disorder
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Personality disorders
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Early life trauma - emotional (e.g. adoption, parental bereavement) or physical (e.g. peri-natal trauma or early hospitalisation).
Mid-life crisis (or any other time crisis).
Loss of meaning or sense of purpose in life.
Feelings of alienation e.g. being an outsider, rebel or a misfit.
Relationship difficulties with partners, friends or family members.
Supervision for psychotherapists, counsellors and alternative practitioners.
£50 per session. Sessions are for a full hour (not 50 minutes!). Sessions are usually weekly. Initial half hour session free.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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