Ready for change?


Are you ready to change how you relate with yourself, others and the world around you?

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.

BACP Counsellor & Psychotherapist based in south Manchester.

About

I’ve always had more than a passing interest in well-being and mental health. Some years ago I chose to make this interest my profession when I left a corporate career to become a counsellor and psychotherapist. The reason for my decision was because I feel I can make a fundamental difference helping others to live as full and healthy a life as possible.

During my training, I was fortunate to have worked with a large number of therapeutic approaches. This allowed me to apply and observe which models produced the best outcomes for my clients in the shortest time frame. I found ISTDP to be unique, in that it was capable of producing lasting change, and the reason why I specialise in it today. I have also found it to be effective where past therapies may have failed and flexible enough to work across a wide range of problems, such as: depression, anxiety, trauma, eating disorders, medically unexplained symptoms, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue, interpersonal problems, obsessive-compulsive disorders, drug and alcohol use, emotional instability, personality issues.

As a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) I have met the strict standards required to be on the accredited register approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. My continued professional development is important as it ensures I offer the knowledge and skills needed to deliver a professional service to my clients. I'm a member of a UK-based CORE training group in ISTDP. I'm also working towards the UK's Good Practice Guidelines for Teaching Mindfulness-Based Courses and teach mindfulness within clinical and workplace settings.

Qualifications
• Counselling Concepts
• Counselling Skills
• MA Counselling, University of Manchester

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FAQ's

Therapy is not the only way to make changes in your life, however a therapist is likely to offer an alternative perspective to your family/friends as they're not directly involved in your life. Therapists are also trained to look at the "bigger picture" and therefore work to help you to address the cause of your problem rather than the effect of it.
Rather than resolving your problem directly, I will instead support you to explore the feelings that are associated with your problem. As you turn towards these feelings you’re likely to see an alleviation of the issues that brought you to therapy, the development of a more coherent sense of yourself, and the removal of the barriers that have been stopping you from creating change in your life.
This is a difficult question to answer as it depends on what you want to achieve and what you would like to focus on; it’s something we can discuss when we first meet. Often clients agree on a set number of sessions which we review together as the sessions develop. On the whole the greater the personal development you wish for, the more time you may require. Some people undertake a short course of 12 sessions. This is enough time to develop insight and to generate some strategies for managing your problems. Those wishing to address their underlying issues at a deeper level may require longer.
If you would like to explore working together then the best way to do this is by contacting me to arrange a free of charge 20-minute telephone consultation. This way I can come to understand the problem you seek help with, it also allows you the chance to ask questions about working together. If at the end of this call you feel comfortable in meeting then we could look to arrange a first session.
I run my private practice in West Didsbury which is conveniently situated close to the M60 and M56 as well as Manchester's Metrolink and bus network. If you would prefer to work via telephone or Skype then I’m able to offer them as an alternative to meeting face/face.
Normally sessions are once a week although we could meet more frequently if we decided that this would be helpful.
Meeting for the first time is an opportunity to explore working together and for me to understand the problem you would like my help with. It's a chance for you to understand & see how I work and for us to potentially contract working together over an initial number of sessions.
As with all therapies confidentiality starts from your initial enquiry. As a Counsellor & Psychotherapist, I discuss my clinical work with a qualified supervisor who is also bound by the rules of confidentiality specified by the BACP. This is to maintain standards of practice and ensure your best interest. However, as a professional I would need to break confidentiality in rare circumstances if I believed you or another person was at serious risk. In such a case I would aim to discuss this with you before I made contact with the relevant people.

Fees.

Sessions cost £45 and last for 1 hour.
I offer an initial free and confidential 20-minute telephone consultation so you can explore working with me. Note details of this call and all information provided will be treated in the strictest confidence.
Please contact me via the enclosed form, telephone, text or email – details are below.

West Didsbury, Manchester

Phone: 07703 598225

info@tomkeelycounselling.co.uk