- Location: Manchester, United Kingdom
- What I help people with:
(in order of expertise)
- Work Stress
- Low Self-Esteem
- Sexuality & Gender Identity Issues
- Gender Dysphoria
- Relationship Issues
- LGBTQ Issues
- Therapy types I offer: (in order of most commonly practised)
- Qualifications verified by PlusGuidance:
- Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy
- Recommend me:
- My availability
How I can help you
Hi, I’m Steve Tomkinson, I offer private counselling sessions in the Greater Manchester area and online.
I offer you a counselling service that is -
· Safe – confidential, a place of warmth and acceptance.
· Human – connection with a real person. No jargon or mental health speak.
· Potent – a space that welcomes issues you may be finding uncomfortable, traumatic or taboo.
· Empowering – if you are looking to make changes in your life I can support you in this.
I’m a BACP registered person centred counsellor. I’m qualified with a Post Graduate Diploma from Salford University.
What to expect
I will take some personal details and we can talk briefly about some of the reasons you are considering counselling, I will hold a safe space where you can talk about what it is you want to talk about and I will try to listen from my heart, head and spirit. From this, we can build a therapeutic relationship where you can process what you need to. After 50 minutes we finish and if you wish you can book more sessions.
I'm available most weekday evenings - please message me if you are interested in booking a session or if there is anything you would like to ask.
I’m experienced in working with a range of issues including abuse, drug and alcohol, sexuality, bereavement, relationships, stress, identity, anxiety, work and benefits, suicidal thoughts, disability, stress, low confidence, trauma, depression, spiritual issues, compulsive behaviour and self harm.
Over the years I’ve worked with people experiencing emotional distress as a support worker and aromatherapist. I’ve also worked in learner support at schools, colleges and universities, and been unemployed.
I love to dance and have 4 years experience of practicing 5 Rhythms Conscious Dance. I also love to spend time with friends and to be in nature. I provide counselling at the LGBT foundation and the Creative Living Centre on a voluntary basis.
I welcome and am experienced in working with clients from all kinds of backgrounds.
I only use the medical model of “mental health” if this is something that is useful to you.
I’m white, non-disabled, a UK national and from a lower middle class background. I try to be aware of my privilege and how this might affect our counselling relationship. I will educate myself if there is something about your life experience I feel I don’t fully “get”.
Having our sexuality or gender being misunderstood by a counsellor can be a harmful and all-too-common experience for those of us who are outside the mainstream. I aim to provide a place where people of all genders, sexualities and relationship styles (or none) can be understood, feel safe and be heard.