Tom Keely MA Couns. Reg. MBACP

Tom Keely MA Couns. Reg. MBACP

Greater Manchester


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Greater Manchester


About me

Perhaps you're struggling with anxiety, depression, fatigue or unhelpful thoughts. Maybe you’ve lost confidence, feel alone or struggling in an important relationship. Or perhaps you suffer because of performance anxiety, insomnia, alcohol misuse or how you express your anger. Whatever your reason, and however difficult things might be right now, making the decision to work together could be the starting point which helps bring about the change you want.

BACP counsellor and psychotherapist based in south Manchester

How can therapy help me? All too often we take our mental health for granted until the day when we notice things aren’t quite right .... maybe in the form of panic attacks, low mood or routinely waking up in the middle of the night, anxiously thinking about the future or reliving past regrets or upsets. What many people don't realise is given the right conditions we're all susceptible to our thoughts and feelings effecting our well-being .... but the opposite is also true, and as they change so our mental health can as well.

What happens if I work with you? If you choose to work with me then I will help you to be more in touch with your needs and feelings so that you're better equipped to manage the inevitable ups and downs life brings. How we achieve this will depend on the problem you would like my help with, what a successful outcome looks like and what's standing in your way of achieving this.

Can you tell me more about how you work? My practice is based on a leading edge and clinically supported approach called Intensive Short Term Dynamic Therapy (ISTDP).

At its core ISTDP’s aim is to help expose a persons coping strategies, also known as defences, so they can experience previously denied emotions in order to heal. This is the heart of the work because once a person comes to realise the cost of their defences, and turns against them, then their healthy longings, feelings and memories are likely to rapidly rise to the surface. And as they acknowledge these feelings, their presenting issue will shift, they tend to become more honest about their needs, and new possibilities often appear. Many clients describe this part of therapy as liberating and involves a new relationship with themselves which tends to be more caring, compassionate and honest.

Many clients find my practice is supported by my knowledge of anxiety and my qualities as a mindfulness teacher. Fundamental to how I work is the building of a safe space in which you can explore healthier ways of dealing with life's challenges. You're at the heart of what we do, and rather than giving advice I’m here to help you find your way. Ultimately what happens is done together but the work is ultimately decided by you.

How do I find out more information? If you would like to explore working together then the best way to do this is by contacting me to arrange an initial and free of charge telephone consultation. You can then decide if you would like to arrange a meeting. Should you and I choose to work together then we would look to meet weekly at a regular time and day. My private practice is in West Didsbury and regular weekly sessions last 1 hour. Please email, text or call me for more details.

Training, qualifications & experience

Counselling Qualifications
• Counselling Concepts
• Counselling Skills
MA Counselling, University of Manchester

I'm a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) having met the strict standards required to be on the accredited register approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.

I am a member of a CORE training group for Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy.

I am also a Mindfulness Teacher and design run stress / well-being courses for clients in the workplace and clinical settings.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership


Sessions cost £45 and last for 1 hour.

One of the best ways to find out if therapy may be helpful to you is to arrange an initial consultation. This way you can explore whether it is a way of working which feels beneficial. I offer an initial free and confidential 20 minute telephone consultation to see if we could work together.

Please note your personal details are treated with strictest confidence.

Please email, text or call me for more details.

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Maps & Directions

Manchester, M20

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
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