Tom Bailey (MA; Dip CP; Dip Hyp CS)
My name is Tom Bailey. All therapists work a little differently. This is the way that I work:
After you have made contact, we can arrange an introductory session. This is the chance for us to discuss your issues and background. It also allows us to get to know each other a little. The introductory session lasts for fifty minutes and is free of charge. At the session's end, we will have a good idea as to whether we might work well together.
Perhaps your main issue is anxiety, perhaps it is depression; perhaps you have experienced trauma in the past, or are finding a current relationship painful. Perhaps you struggle to find meaning in your life. Perhaps you feel fed up, stuck. You may not even know what your issue is – just that something is wrong.
My job will be to listen very carefully to what you are telling me. It will also be to hear what you are not saying. We all carry stuff that we cannot say. Suppressing what is most painful, shameful, or simply inconvenient to our self image, is a part of our development as human beings.
"Hearing" what you are not saying will be at the heart of our successful work. This work is hard, and it takes time: hours, weeks, months, frequently years. Over the period of our work, as our therapeutic relationship develops, I will get to understand, and to know you better. Your self-knowledge should also increase.
When you truly know yourself, you become empowered to change your own life. This empowerment is the goal of the therapy that I practice.
Specialisms: unresolved childhood issues; addictions and destructive habits; problematic relationships, of all kinds.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold diplomas in both Counselling (distinction) and Hypnotherapy (distinction). I also have a BA in Philosophy from the University of Essex and MA in Creative writing from the University of Manchester.
I am committed to my own continuous professional development and always seeking to improve as a practitioner. Recent training topics include: "Doubt and Suspicion in Therapy", "Existential Therapy" and Jacques Lacan. Further reading is integral to my work as a therapist: Teri Quatman, Irvin Yalom, Sigmund Freud.
I have run my own successful and expanding private practice in Chorlton, Manchester since 2012. Prior to qualifying as a therapist, I worked in mental health units, detox centres and rehabilitation units.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Client issues in (any) relationship are central to my work: friends, colleagues, bosses, siblings, parents. Unresolved childhood issues are a specialism.
Additionally, hypnotherapy can be employed over a short period - typically between two and six sessions - for behavioural issues, such as smoking or eating unhealthily. Hypnotherapy can also be used, in conjunction with psychotherapy, over longer periods.
50 minute initial consultation @ free of charge.
1 hour session @ £50
1 hour concession @ £25
- Psychotherapy - time to think
- Addiction to alcohol
- Extraordinary happiness
- Choosing a counsellor
- No one is an island
- Better relationships - better life
- The counselling relationship
- Tired of playing that role?
- The interpretation of dreams
I have seen an increase in clients presenting with problems associated with addiction to Smartphones and the internet. I am committed to developing a greater understanding of this issue - and making its treatment a specialism in my own practice. This is integral to my CPD.
Choosing to begin therapy can appear a daunting first step. However, the reward for a successful course of therapy is potentially huge: a more authentic, fulfilling life.
- Also registered with Hypnotherapy Directory
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I have weekday and evening availability. There is some weekend availability for established clients.
Types of client