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 over twenty 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 all types of Stress.

I have been a Registered Mental Health Nurse Practitioner for over twenty years and my career as a Counsellor and Mental Health Nurse 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 as a nurse 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
BACP Accredited Counsellor, Reg MBABCP.
Advanced Diploma in Casework Supervision (British Psychological Society)
Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Registered Mental Health Nurse 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 who are 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

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

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.


Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

£40 for individuals, per session
£50 for couples, per session
£35 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 2021


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 .........

South Ayrshire

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms



In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

John has been providing counselling supervision for the past eleven years both privately and within the NHS.

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John Tomkins

John Tomkins