Tom Keely - MA Counselling, MBACP, IEDTA

Tom Keely  -  MA Counselling, MBACP, IEDTA

Greater Manchester


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About me

Perhaps you're struggling with anxiety, depression, fatigue or unhelpful thoughts. Maybe you’ve lost confidence, feel alone or struggling in an important relationship. Or perhaps you suffer because of performance anxiety, insomnia, alcohol misuse or how you express your anger. Whatever your reason, and however difficult things might be right now, making the decision to work together could be the starting point which helps bring about the change you want.

How can therapy help me?

All too often we take our mental health for granted until the day when we notice things aren’t quite right .... maybe in the form of panic attacks, low mood or routinely waking up in the middle of the night, anxiously thinking about the future or reliving past regrets or upsets. What many people don't realise is given the right conditions we're all susceptible to our thoughts and feelings affecting our well-being .... but the opposite is also true, and as they change so our mental health can as well.

What happens if I work with you?

If you choose to work with me then I will help you to be more in touch with your needs and feelings so that you're better equipped to manage the inevitable ups and downs life brings. How we achieve this will depend on the problem you would like my help with, what a successful outcome looks like and what's standing in your way of achieving this.

Can you tell me more about how you work?

My private practice is based on a clinically supported and innovative model of therapy called Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP). ISTDP draws from several different approaches including psychodynamic, mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy.

ISTDP’s aim is to help expose your old coping strategies, also known as your defences, so you can experience previously denied feelings in order to heal. Feelings are central to ISTDP’s understanding of problem causality because in life we inevitably experience conflicts with others and when they occur, we naturally experience emotions. However, most who enter therapy do so because they cannot channel their feelings into effective action. Instead, they become anxious and as a consequence they use defences. And it’s these defences, and the anxiety which accompany them, which create a persons presenting problems and the reason why they suffer.

By working with me I would understand you do so because you no longer wish to suffer. So, when I notice you avoiding your emotions I will understand this perpetuates your problem and help you notice what you do instead. This becomes the heart of our work because once you come to realise the cost of your defences, and turn against them, then your healthy longings, feelings and memories are likely to rapidly rise to the surface. And as this happens your presenting issue will shift, you’re likely to become more honest about your needs, and new possibilities often appear. Many clients describe this part of therapy as liberating because it involves the creation of a new more caring, compassionate and honest relationship with themselves and others.

Many clients find my practice is supported by my knowledge of anxiety and my qualities as a mindfulness teacher. Fundamental to how I work is the building of a safe space in which you can explore healthier ways of dealing with life's challenges. You're at the heart of what we do, and rather than giving advice I’m here to help you find your way. Ultimately what happens is done together, but the work is decided by you.

How do I find out more information?

If you would like to explore working together then the best way to do this is by contacting me to arrange an initial and free of charge telephone consultation. You can then decide if you would like to arrange a meeting. Should you and I choose to work together then we would look to meet weekly at a regular time and day. My private practice is in West Didsbury and regular weekly sessions last 1 hour. Please email, text or call me for more details.

Training, qualifications & experience

Counselling Qualifications

Counselling Concepts
Counselling Skills
MA Counselling, University of Manchester

IEDTA Accredited ISTDP CORE Training (3 years)

I'm a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) having met the strict standards required to be on the accredited register approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.

I am also a Mindfulness Teacher and design run stress / well-being courses for clients in the workplace and clinical settings.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership


Sessions cost £60 and last for 1 hour.

One of the best ways to find out if therapy may be helpful to you is to arrange an initial consultation. This way you can explore whether it is a way of working which feels beneficial. I offer an initial free and confidential 20 minute telephone consultation to see if we could work together.

Please note your personal details are treated with strictest confidence.

Please email, text or call me for more details.

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Maps & Directions

Manchester, M20

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access:

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme