Steve Jasmine Tomkinson
I offer private person centred counselling sessions in Chorlton and Prestwich. I’m qualified with a Post Graduate Diploma from Salford University and I'm BACP registered.
I offer a safe and confidential counselling service. After you contact me we will arrange a time for us to have a phone conversation. There is no charge for this. I will take some personal details and we can talk briefly about some of the reasons you are considering counselling, when and where we are both available to meet and I can answer any questions or concerns you may have. This gives us both a chance to get to know each other a little and decide if we would like to work together. Either during or after the phone call you can decide whether you would like to continue with counselling and we can arrange a date and location for the first session.
During our first session you can talk about what it is you want to talk about and I will try to listen from my heart, head and spirit. From this, we can build a therapeutic relationship where you can process what you need to. After 50 minutes we finish and if you wish you can book more sessions.
I’m bisexual, queer, and non-binary. I am polyamory aware and kink aware. I try to stay informed on the variety LGBTQIA+ cultures and experiences and I know not to push my own experiences on to others. Having our sexuality or gender being misunderstood by a counsellor can be a harmful and all-too-common experience for those of us who are outside the mainstream. I aim to provide a place where people of all genders, sexualities and relationship styles (or none) can be understood, feel safe and be heard.
I don’t use the medical model of “mental health” unless this is something that is useful to you.
I’m experienced in working with a range of issues including abuse, drug and alcohol misuse/addiction, sexuality, bereavement, relationship issues, stress, identity, anxiety, work and benefits, suicidal thoughts, disability, stress, low self esteem, identity, trauma, depression, spiritual issues, compulsive behaviour and self harm.
I’m white, non-disabled, a UK national and from a lower middle class background. I try to be aware of my privilege and how this might affect our counselling relationship. I will educate myself if there is something about your life experience I feel I don’t fully “get”.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Post Graduate Diploma from University of Salford. I am a registered Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). I've also got a BSc in Psychology.
I’m experienced in working with a range of issues including abuse, drug and alcohol, sexuality, bereavement, relationships, stress, identity, anxiety, work and benefits, suicidal thoughts, disability, stress, low confidence, trauma, depression, spiritual issues, compulsive behaviour and self harm.
Over the years I’ve worked with people experiencing emotional distress as a support worker, and aromatherapist. I’ve also worked as a teaching assistant in SEN and mainstream schools, in learner support at FE colleges and universities, and been unemployed. I love to dance, spend time with friends and to be in nature. I also provide counselling at the LGBT foundation and the Creative Living Centre on a voluntary basis.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work related stress
I work from accessible counselling rooms in Chorlton and Prestwich. If transport to these locations is a problem and you are based in Greater Manchester then please get in touch - we may be able to sort something out.
I usually charge £40 for a 50 minute session. If we have arranged to meet at a location different from where I usually work then I may charge more to cover additional costs.
I have a limited number reduced rate sessions available for students, those in receipt of benefits or people who are gender variant (trans, non-binary, crossdressers, those who are questioning their gender, etc.) My concessionary rate is £35 per 50 minutes session. Please ask about if you are interested in a reduced rate session.
Do you do home visits?
I don’t usually do home visits but if there is a particular reason why you’re not able to make it to counselling rooms and you live in the Greater Manchester area then get in touch and we can talk about it. I try to make my sessions as accessible as possible.
Do you do sessions by phone or Skype?
At the moment I don’t, but this is something I hope to offer in the not too distant future. If this is something that interests you please get in touch and I will let you know when these sessions are available.
Are your sessions accessible for people with a disability or additional support needs?
The rooms in Prestwich and Chorlton are wheelchair accessible. If you have any other needs around accessibility please get in touch and ask.
What if I’m not happy with the service you provide?
I aim to be work in an honest and open way and welcome any feedback you may have. As a BACP member I follow the BACP ethical framework which you can read about here: http://www.bacp.co.uk/ethical_framework/. If as a current or past client you feel uncomfortable about something that has taken place during a session then I would encourage you to bring this up with me either in sessions or by email. If you don’t feel able to do this in person or have a more serious complaint you have a right to bring this up with the BACP professional conduct team. It’s important to me to inform clients of their rights in this way and hope that this can help bring more equality to our relationship.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I mostly work weekday evenings but sometimes have daytime availability too during the week.
Types of client