Tom Taylor. BSc PGDIP PGCert EMDR MBACP (Accred) Individuals & Couples

Tom Taylor. BSc PGDIP PGCert EMDR MBACP (Accred) Individuals & Couples

Greater Manchester

07985 456 079

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Greater Manchester

07985 456 079

About me

I am an integrative trained counsellor, psychotherapist, clinical supervisor and EMDR clinician based in central Manchester, both UK registered and an accredited member of the BACP. I have a passionate belief in the human capacity for change, and  I am therefore committed to using my skills, training, knowledge and experience to support those who seek my services in assisting them to do so.

Theoretical approach & philosophy

I work with adults, young people, couples and families, and have clinical experience of working with a range of complex presenting issues and difficulties. This means that I am extremely confident in my ability to meet your treatment needs, to assist you in reaching your desired outcomes and creating your own meaning. I believe that each individual is unique, and therefore my integrative training enables me to be responsive to your individual needs and develop a bespoke treatment approach tailored with you and specifically for you.

Treatment of Common Mental Health Problems

I initially trained as counsellor, completing my clinical training placement at an NHS Primary Care Mental Health Team in North Manchester. This provided me with my earliest encounters of working directly with patients struggling with symptoms of anxiety and depression. Since then I have amassed considerable experience offering evidence based treatments and intervention for these types of issues, with effective results and positive treatment outcomes.

Specialist knowledge & experience:

My two previous full-time clinical roles have  involved leading specialist teams within the field of sexual trauma. Therefore I Have extensive experience of working with male, female and transgender clients who have experienced sexual abuse and/or rape whether historical or current. I am clinically experienced in working with complex trauma presentations and symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well the associated psycho-sexual issues, and co-existing symptoms and/or disorders that may develop, including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Dissociation
  • Relationship issues
  • Developmental trauma
  • Relational trauma
  • Drug and alcohol issues
  • Phobias
  • Psycho-sexual issues
  • Intrusive thoughts
  • Self-harming/destructive cycles of behaviour
  • Sex addiction/pornography addiction
  • Attachment disorders

I also work privately as a forensic psychotherapist working clinically with sex offenders within my private practice ,as I believe that offering specialist treatment with this population not only assists with the management and reduction of risk, but also contributes to an ultimate aim of reducing the prevalence of sexual violence.

Training & skill set:

Psychological Trauma: In addition to my integrative 'core training' I am also trained in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and eye movement desensitisation reprocessing (EMDR), both of which are the recommended treatments for trauma and PTSD, by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

Childhood/Developmental Trauma: I have many years experience of working with adult survivors of childhood trauma and adversity. This may involve a range of adverse experiences, that can often lead to chronic symptoms and difficulties throughout the lifespan until the initial traumatic experiences themselves are processed, to assist with healing and recovery. Research evidence indicates that psychotherapy treatment can help significantly, and in addition to my extensive experience within the field I am trained in evidence based treatments and types of intervention that can assist with this type of work, such as EMDR, Trauma Focused CBT (TFCBT), mindfulness and emotional freedom techniques (EFT).

Couples & Relationships: I have a qualification and extensive experience in working with both couples and families experiencing relationship issues, and facilitating a safe therapeutic space collaboratively with couples, that is conducive to exploring relational and/or communication issues that may be harming their relationships.

Addiction & Dependency:
Having worked in drug & alcohol services for many years I am also skilled and experienced in working with addiction/dependency issues, and destructive and harmful cycles of behaviour.

Professional Interest:

I have a professional interest in attachment theory, and how the nature of our early attachment relationships influences our relationships with self and others throughout the lifespan. Thus, I incorporate an attachment focus with all of my clinical work, as I believe it holds profound meaning, not only for the therapeutic relationship itself, but also for our own self-development and understanding of ourselves in relation to others.

Training, qualifications & experience


  • MSc in Therapeutic Practice of Psychological Trauma (Currently Studying)
  • Emotional Freedom Techniques - Level 1
  • EMDR Psychotherapy Part 3
  • EMDR Psychotherapy Part 2
  • EMDR Psychotherapy Part 1
  • Certificate in Couples & Relationship Therapy
  • BPS Accredited Supervisor Training
  • PG Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • PG Diploma in Theory and Practice of Integrative Counselling
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology & Counselling
  • Certificates in Counselling Skills (1&2)


  • The Adult Attachment Interview in Practice
  • Compassion Fatigue & Vicarious Trauma
  • Mindfulness and Compassion Focused Approaches to Trauma
  • Trauma Focused CBT
  • The Inner Child in Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • Harmful Sexual Behaviour in Male Adolescents: Risk & Intervention
  • Responding to Psychological Trauma: Therapeutic Perspectives
  • EMDR with Pain, Depression and Adults Abused as Children
  • Cognitive Therapy in Adversity
  • EMDR with Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
  • Dealing with Shame
  • Healing Complex Trauma & Dissociation with Ego State Therapy
  • Workshop in Running Mindfulness Groups
  • CBT for Personality Disorders
  • CBT for Eating Disorders
  • Working with Relational Trauma
  • Attachment Theory - Above and Beyond
  • IAPT PWP Supervisors Training
  • International Treatment Effectiveness Project (ITEP) Mapping
  • Boys are Sexually Exploited Too
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • People Pins & Prevention - Safer Injecting Awareness
  • Cocaine Nation
  • Real Love Rocks: CSE awareness & Train the Trainer
  • "Out of It" - Young People & Drugs
  • Legal Highs
  • Safer Online - Children & Young People
  • Criminal Justice Awareness Training
  • Awareness of Child Abuse & Neglect
  • Safeguarding Adults
  • An Awareness of Domestic Violence Including The Impact On Children & Young People


Current roles:

  • Clinical Supervisor - The Beacon Centre
  • Counsellor & Psychotherapist in Private Practice
  • Specialist Psychotherapist - Stop Sex Offending (STOPSO)
  • Specialist Psychotherapist - Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors (PODS)

Previous roles:

  • Project Lead & Trauma Focused Psychotherapist (The Change Project)
  • Clinical Lead & Trauma Focused Psychotherapist (Survivors Manchester)
  • Specialist Children & Young People's Drug & Alcohol Practitioner -SMART Team/Lifeline
  • Volunteer Psychotherapist - LGBT Foundation
  • Therapist & Consultant - Tree Tops Counselling Service
  • Trainee Integrative Counsellor - NHS Primary Care Mental Health team

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Couples & relationship counselling
  • Sex offending
  • Relationship Difficulties
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Psycho-sexual Issues
  • Trauma
  • Existential issues
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Panic Disorder
  • Anger Management
  • Suicidal Thoughts


Individuals: I offer a sliding scale between £65 - £80 per hour dependent on a range of factors such as individual circumstances and the specific nature of the work involved.

Couples: £75 per hour

Further information

"I must create my own system or be enslaved by another mans. My purpose is not to reason or compare, my purpose is to create".
                                              William Blake

Maps & Directions

Manchester, M1

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Mon/Tues/Fri evenings and Saturday afternoons.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Supervision & training

I am BACP accredited counsellor and psychotherapist with a supervision qualification accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Online supervision:Yes
Telephone supervision:Yes
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