John Tomkins

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Accredited MBACP;UKCP;Mental Health Reg; Dip CBT; PGCE
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Girvan, South Ayrshire, KA26
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

SEIZE THE MOMENT.............make this your opportunity for positive change.

I provide a professional, safe, calm and confidential space for all of my clients. A space where we can explore issues in a totally non-judgmental and sensitive way. I am client led, with you always deciding on where you want to go and what you want to discuss.

I have an eclectic approach drawing from several theoretical backgrounds including CBT, Solution Focused, Person Centred and Motivational Interviewing, used with addiction problems.

I have been qualified for nearly thirty years and as well as being BACP Accredited and UKRCP Registered, I hold qualifications in Couple Counselling, Addictions, CBT, Psycho-Sexual Therapy, Mental Health Issues, General Counselling and Work Related Stress.

I have been a Registered Mental Health  Practitioner for over thirty years and my career as a Counsellor and Mental Health Therapist has covered areas such as GP Surgeries, Inpatient Hospital Units, Industry, EAP work and Private Practice.

I work with Individuals, Couples, Young People, Older Adults and Organisations. I accept GP and self referrals as well as EAP referrals and work from various NHS settings.

My background was originally in teaching, but after experiencing a series of painful life events which took several years to resolve, I trained in mental health  and then as a counsellor. Looking back, I took risks in changing my career. It was hard and at times a difficult path, but seizing the moment all those years ago was without doubt the best decision I ever made.

Training, qualifications & experience

Advanced Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy
BACP Accredited Counsellor, 
Advanced Diploma in Casework Supervision (British Psychological Society)
Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Registered Mental Health Practitioner (RMN)
Diploma in Couples Counselling
Diploma in Addiction Studies
Diploma in Stress Management Counselling
Diploma in Psycho-sexual Therapy
Trained in Crisis and Trauma Counselling
P.G.C.E. Qualified trainer and lecturer in Counselling and Mental Health.
Mindfulness Practitioner
Working with clients  accused of sexual offending and those who have been convicted.

Therapies Offered: CBT; Solution Focused; Person Centred; Motivational Interviewing; Integrative; Brief Therapy.

I offer appointments during the day, in the evening and at the weekend.

I also provide supervision for both qualified and trainee counsellors, nurses and health care providers. Please visit my supervision profile for further details.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Areas of counselling I deal with

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Self Injury and Suicidal Thoughts
Guilt and Shame
Sex Related Problems
Mens Sexual Health
Mental Illness
Personal Development
Relaxation Therapy
Emotional Healing
Grieving and Loss
Retirement Issues
Living with Bipolar Affective Disorder
Addiction to Pornography
Life Coaching
Age Related Issues
Health Related Issues
Inner Child Work
Jealousy and Envy
Developing Assertiveness
Working with Fibromyalgia and CFS/ME
School and College Phobias
Hoarding and OCD
Preparing for Counsellor Accreditation.


£40.00 - £45.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Health Insurance/EAP

  • BUPA
  • Axa Health
  • Health Assured
  • Aviva
  • Saga
  • Vitality
  • WPA
  • Cigna

Additional information

£45 for individuals, per session
£55 for couples, per session
£40 for telephone counselling, per session

Reduced fee for low paid, unemployed and students.

Home visits where appropriate.

I have fully Enhanced DBS Certification dated May 2023

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Morning, Afternoon, Evening Appointments and Saturday Mornings.

Further information

The counselling premises is situated in the village of Girvan, south of Ayr.
It is close to Girvan railway station and several bus routes from Ayr. There is free car parking very close to the counselling premises.

I look forward to hearing from you. So why not seize YOUR moment .........

Girvan, South Ayrshire, KA26

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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There is currently NO wheelchair access.

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In person
Home visits

Supervisor with over 16 years experience, working in the NHS, colleges, and universities. A special interest in working with trainee counsellors.

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John Tomkins
John Tomkins