Marie Tomasso BA, MBACP Accredited /registered Counsellor, Supervisor
All appointments 07786 331696
I have 8 years experience of working with a wide range of clients including NHS, Local Authorities, Commercial, Public and Voluntary sectors. I am a BACP accredited and registered counsellor, I am the Director of a private counselling and therapy Service In Rochdale with a further counselling room in Saddleworth at the Apollonia Dental Clinic. I support clients experiencing a wide range of mental health issues including anxiety, depression, relationship problems, trauma and bereavement. For counselling sessions please see below. For supervision sessions please click the link to your left.
If you like to be genuinely listened to in a safe, accepting and confidential way whilst you address life's challenges please contact our office. We all sometimes need the support of others to help restore our life balance, live with traumatic experiences and reflect on our personal journey.
Counselling therapy sessions offer you the opportunity to gain awareness and insight that will help you to overcome painful thoughts and feelings, increase your self-confidence and enhance your ability to cope with difficult circumstances.
Talking to a trained counsellor can help you to look at problems from a different perspective and introduce you to different, effective ways to work through them, as well as giving you the opportunity to talk to someone other than friends or family, without embarrassment or fear of upset.
I provide a professional and ethical counselling service that is individually tailored to your own personal requirements, offering long-term therapy for enduring conditions or the opportunity to talk and 'offload' occasionally.
Your individual course of integrative therapy may include aspects of Person Centred Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Therapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
I also offer EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) as a part of the integrative counselling session or alternatively as a single therapeutic approach. More information can be found below.
I originally trained as a nurse and worked for the NHS for over 12 years, before going on to retrain as a counsellor and therapist, I currently hold a 1st class honours degree in counselling with brief interventions and am a fully qualified Emotional Freedom Technique Practitioner. I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and as such is regulated by their own ethical framework, policies and standards.
I have experience working with a wide range of difficulties such as depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, stress, bariatric surgery, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, bereavement, relationship problems, self-esteem issues and substance misuse.
Training, qualifications & experience
Fully Accredited and Registered member of the BACP
BA Degree (1st class with Honours) in Counselling with Brief Interventions
Fda Counselling with Brief Interventions
Level 2 EFT Accredited Practitioner
Certificate in NLP
Level 3 Certificate in Counselling
Diploma in Nursing Studies
Certificate in Supervision (Hawkins and Shohet)
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- 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
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
All adult sessions £40 per hour.
Couples counselling- £50 per hour.
Student rate £30 per hour (with proof of student status)
EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) session rate - £35 per hour.
(All sessions last one hour)
Online counselling is now available for clients at a cost of £30 per hour for clients who can access FaceTime. Telephone counselling is also available at the same rate. Please email or ring in advance.
Home visits are available for clients living within a 3mile radius of Rochdale (daytimes only). The cost for these appointments is £45.
All payments can be paid in by cash, cheque or via PayPal
*Please note- EAP and Insurance companies are requested to contact the office directly for a quote.*
Anxiety is usually a normal, useful and effective response in times of heightened stress which can be understood and resolved. Sometimes stress in your personal/ school or work life can cause severe fear, anxiety or worry. If you are experiencing this therapy can help further deterioration of the sufferer's situation.
Anxiety can be tormenting and destructive . It can prevent people from achieving their potential at work, in social situations, relationships or as a parent. It is one of the most common reasons for feeling unhappy with others often not understanding. If you are experiencing Anxiety you may be nervous about even ringing about help, this is totally normal. During any help you receive for anxiety you will be fully supported and given the space to heal at your own pace.
The Emotional Freedom Technique works really well for most suffers of anxiety, more information on this can be found below.
A serious but common condition: The lifetime risk of any individual person becoming depressed is around 17 percent, and most people have their first bout of depression in their late teens or early twenties. Some people become depressed after experiencing a trauma or stressful life change such as a separation or divorce, the death of a spouse, being laid off from a job, financial instability, relocation, or a decline in health. Everyday stressors and the presence of other psychological conditions, can also contribute to depression.
There are times when we all feel sad, hopeless or fed up. Depression is different. With depression these feelings don’t just go away. They can last for months, becoming so intense that carrying on with everyday life can become impossible. Depression can be hard to spot. There are many different symptoms, some emotional and some physical. If you think you are experiencing symptoms of depression, it might be time to talk to someone and visit your GP for help.
Counselling can be used to support to young adults to address and overcome developmental challenges, traumatic life experiences, anger, anxiety, negative self belief, self harm, issues around leaving home, university and much more in a safe and secure environment. At this time of life they are additionally coping with rapid physical, cognitive, sexual and emotional changes with existing mental health conditions diagnosed for the first time, adding to the stress.
Due to the sheer volume of changes that occur this age group often find it difficult to even talk to close family. At Mindsense Therapy a range of therapies are used and techniques are brought together to help during this time whilst the young person transitions into full adulthood.
The Emotional Freedom Technique
EFT is a way of healing based on the same principles that have been used for thousands of years in acupuncture—but without the needles. It has been shown to be successful for a wide range of emotional, health and performance issues. It often works where nothing else does through the release of positive energy around the body. EFT consists of tapping on accupressure points (See the chart below), whilst focusing cognitively on a problem. This is done with the therapist, fully clothed and at no point is the therapist required to touch the client. Your therapist will guide you by tapping their own pressure points and you will be required to repeat back certain words which focus on your problem. By accessing the energy meridians huge changes around beliefs and emotions can occur. Examples can be found online at Youtube etc. The basic tapping technique can be used at home but is not a substitute for being assisted by a professional. EFT is a modern and highly effective way to resolve your personal issues.
"EFT is a completely different approach to integrating the emotional therapy process and physical healing. I’ve seen astonishing results with EFT.”
EFT is available face to face, by telephone and skype for those who are unable to reach Mindsense Therapy in Rochdale. When you book your EFT session you will require a short telephone assessment and an EFT tapping chart will be forwarded for you to look at before you arrive.
Marie at Mindsense Therapy has been trained by Master Founding Practitioner Tania Prince to deliver EFT for clients who feel 'stuck' with their feelings in therapy or for the followng issues-
Stress Low self esteem/ Confidence building
Physical pain management Addictions (food, drugs,, alcohol, smoking)
Depression Weight problems
Grief and sadness Sexual Problems
Phobias, anxieties and fears Motivation
Grief and sadness Trauma
Post Traumatic stress
Marie is an accredited and certified Level 2 practitioner fully registered with AMMET
Thinking about a gastric Sleeve, Balloon or Bypass?
For some people including myself (marie) Bariatric Surgery can not only reduce health risks, existing conditions the need for medication it can bring about a happier, more exciting way of life. However for some clients surgery can result in a period of depression and anxiety especially post operatively. Common problems that arise include-
Food hoarding post surgery
Confusion around new eating habits
The inability to eat to control emotions resulting in higher stress levels
Letting go of past identities around size and weight
Accepting a new body image
Letting go of pre existing eating disorders
Stigma and jealosy from others in relation to the surgery
and the list goes on. In fact the month before and four months post surgery are very difficult. If you are considering this type of surgery we can provide individual support sessions specifically tailored to your requirements and delivered by a therapist who has undergone this type of surgery personally. Sessions will consist of a Cognitive behavioural therapy, Person Pentred counselling and Motivational interviewing.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mindsense Therapy in Rochdale - Mondays 12- 7pm, Tuesdays 8.30am- 8pm, Thursdays 8.30 am- 5pm Fridays between 8.30am and 5pm.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I am a clinical supervisor qualified in the use of the Hawkins and Shohet Intergrative model of Supervision which looks at both the relational and systemic aspects of client work.