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About me

Hello, thank you for taking a moment to read my profile. I'm an experienced psychotherapist who works compassionately, honestly and confidentially with each of my clients to help bring about the change they seek.

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 powerful model of therapy which draws from a number of different approaches including psychoanalysis , cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and mindfulness. Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) has been shown to help with a wide range of difficulties including, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, fatigue, interpersonal relationship issues, performance anxiety (ie. public speaking, sexual, sport, performing arts) and symptoms without a medically identifiable cause.

Feelings / emotions are central to ISTDP’s understanding of problem causality because in life we inevitably experience conflicts with others and when they occur, we naturally start to feel our emotions. However, when our emotions become too hard or painful to bear, we can easily find ways of unconsciously and automatically avoiding them. These temporary strategies can be helpful in the short-term, helping us to survive difficult points in our lives. However, with time these coping strategies tend to be damaging and often leads to emotional and/or physical suffering. Most importantly they prevent us from reaching our potential and living life to the full.

To summarise how I work. I understand a person wants my help because they're struggling somewhere in their life. As we explore this and examples of when it arises together, it's likely they'll unintentionally avoid expressing their true feelings. My role is to make this process be known so they can see its effect and how it links to the issue that led them to see me (ie anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties). These unconscious and self-defeating processes then become the heart of our work, because once my clients realise the cost of how they're treating themselves, then their healthy longings, feelings and memories are likely to rapidly rise to the surface. And as this happens their presenting issue start to shift, they're likely to become more honest about their needs, and new possibilities often appear. Many clients describe this phase of the work as liberating because it involves the creation of a new more caring, compassionate and honest relationship with themselves and others.

Clients who've worked with a therapist before quickly come to realise I take an active, yet supportive, role in helping them change rather than that of a neutral observer. This includes encouragement to feel, challenge to take responsibility to change, and confrontation of when I sense they're resisting change. Fundamental to working successfully together is the building of a safe talking space in which my clients feel able to explore healthier ways to deal with life's challenges. Their needs are at the heart of how I work, and rather than giving advice, I’m here to help them find their way. Ultimately, what happens is done together but the work is always decided by them.

I appreciate entering therapy for some may bring with it a sense of trepidation as well as anxiety, because of this I always suggest any potential first meeting be a trial session to explore if how I work could benefit them.

If you'd like to explore working together then please email, text or message me to set up a free 20-minute telephone consultation. I look forward to hearing from you.

****** Coronavirus. Please note, during this difficult time I continue to meet with clients face / face (whilst adhering to social distancing measures) or online via Skype / Zoom / WhatsApp / FaceTime. *****

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

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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Therapies offered

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy

Fees

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.

Your personal details are treated with the strictest confidence.

If you'd like to explore working together then please email, text or message me to set up a free 20-minute telephone consultation. I look forward to hearing from you.

Manchester
Greater Manchester
M20

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified

Availability

I typically work Monday to Friday between the hours of 9am and 8pm

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

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Tom Keely MBACP, IEDTA

Tom Keely MBACP, IEDTA