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About me

Hi I’m May. I offer private counselling sessions online and in the Chorlton (South Manchester) area.

I offer you a counselling service that is -

Safe – confidential, a place of warmth and acceptance
Human – connection with a real person. I provide you with a space that welcomes issues you may be finding uncomfortable, traumatic or taboo.
Empowering – if you are looking to make changes in your life I can support you in this.
Informed - about working with LGBTQ+ issues and alternative relationship styles

I’m a BACP registered person centred counsellor. I’m qualified with a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy and a BSc in Psychology. I welcome and am experienced in working with clients from all kinds of backgrounds.

After you contact me we will arrange a time for us to have a phone conversation - there is no charge for this. 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 make a booking and we can arrange a date and location for the first session.

I will hold a safe space where you can talk about what it is you want to talk about and I will 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.

Over the years I’ve worked with people experiencing emotional distress as a counsellor, support worker and aromatherapist.

I try to be aware of my privilege and how this might affect our counselling relationship.

Finding a counsellor I could trust and be understood by has helped me to find my way through stressful and traumatic life events, to get in touch with my own strength, and to connect with who I really am.  I am passionate about counselling and what I have to offer my clients.

Having our sexuality, gender or relationship misunderstood by a counsellor can be a harmful and all-too common experience for those of us who are outside the mainstream. I provide a place where people of all genders and sexual orientations, those who practice kink, and those in or exploring non-monogamous relationships can be understood, feel safe and be heard.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications:

  • PgDip Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • BSc Psychology
  • Hearing Voices Network Workshop
  • Level 3 Certificate in Holistic Therapies
  • NICE certificate in Anxiety Disorders

Experience and working partnerships

  • Anxiety UK registered therapist
  • Counsellor at Creative Living Centre
  • Voluntary counsellor at LGBT Foundation
  • Counsellor at Clear Medical

Member organisations

BACP

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.

Fees

£50.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Unemployed

Additional information

The session fee is £50 for a 50 minutes.

There is a free initial call of 10-30 minutes where we can see if we are a good fit to work together.

I am sometimes able to offer concessionary rates for people on a low income - this varies on my current workload and income but please ask.

Availability

My working hours are Monday-Thursday daytime and Monday and Tuesday evenings Please get in touch for my current availability.

Manchester
Greater Manchester
M21

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

Having video on during sessions helps me connect with you, but if you prefer we can work using voice only. You are welcome to use stim toys or to do other activities during the session.

May Jasmine Tomkinson

May Jasmine Tomkinson