(MA; Dip CP; Dip Hyp CS)
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Hello, my name is Tom Bailey. All therapists work differently. This is the way that I work.
I am working face-to-face, with both new and existing clients. Face-to-face work helps us to establish, and maintain, a supportive, therapeutic relationship.
After you have made contact, we can arrange an introductory session. This is the chance for us to discuss your issues and background. It allows us to get to know each other a little. The 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. Usually, I am able to facilitate this session within a week or so of you making contact.
Perhaps your main issue is loneliness. Perhaps anxiety, or depression. You have experienced trauma. You are finding the current societal situation draining, or overwhelming. Perhaps your life seems meaningless. Perhaps you feel stuck. Your relationships are difficult. You are addicted to a particular substance, or activity. Or you may not be able to name your issue. You just know 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. Suppressing what is most painful, shameful, or 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 work. This work is hard, and it takes time. Over the period of our work, as our therapeutic relationship develops, I will get to know and to understand you better. Your self-knowledge will also increase.
When you know yourself, you perceive the things in your life that truly need to change. This fresh perception can be enlightening and empowering.
Specialisms: unresolved childhood issues; addictions and destructive habits; problematic relationships, of all kinds; trauma.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold accredited diplomas in 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.
The current crisis has heightened my awareness of human suffering and provided me with invaluable experience, as I continue my work.
I am committed to continuous professional development and improving my understanding of human problems. Recent training topics include: "Doubt and Suspicion in Therapy", "Existential Therapy" and Gabor Mate on addictions. Further reading is integral to my work as a therapist: Teri Quatman, Irvin Yalom and Sigmund Freud are some writers I admire.
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 rehabs.
Registered / Accredited
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National Counselling Society (NCS)
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In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
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.
The societal crisis is highlighting stresses and difficulties within family relations. I am adept at helping clients work through - and improve - these relationships.
Hypnotherapy can be employed over a short period - typically between two and six sessions - for behavioral issues, such as smoking or eating unhealthily. Hypnotherapy can also be used, in conjunction with psychotherapy or counselling, over longer periods.
From £25.00 to £50.00
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
50 minute initial consultation @ free of charge.
1 hour session @ £50
1 hour concession, for those on low wages @ £25
1 hour session for those currently without work: ring or text me and we can discuss this.
When I work
I am a qualified and experienced hypnotherapist.