Individual Psychotherapy,
Counselling & Supervision
in Frome and Somerset.

07812 544542 (Mob)

Welcome to

I practise individual (one-to-one) psychotherapy and counselling in Frome, Somerset (south of Bath 29mins, and Bristol 55mins) helping people address a wide variety of personal issues in a confidential environment. I provide supervision for Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

If you are new to looking for a Counsellor or Psychotherapist, I highly recommend you watch this YouTube film "A former Therapist's critique of Psychotherapy" by Daniel Mackler. I agree with 95% of what he says and it should help you choose a suitable and effective therapist. His film "Former Therapist critiques process of becoming a Psychotherapist" is also very informative. They are about an hour long each!

I do not employ techniques or fit clients into normalising models or theories, as modern trainings seem to prescribe. I listen to you. I offer a warm therapeutic relationship based on a passionate dedication to authenticity, integrity, equality and openness. My work goes beyond the mainstream "normalising" psychotherapies, in that I respect your individual uniqueness and help you come into right relationship with the problem, difficulty or challenge that you are facing. Longer term work can lead to profound changes and the discovery (or deepening) of a personal spiritual and soulful perspective. Technically, my work would be described as person-centred embodied depth psychotherapy within a transpersonal or psycho-spiritual perspective.

I have been in private practice since 1992 (apart from a three year break). My background includes trainings in Integrative-Psychosynthesis (BACP accredited equivalent to Level 5/6) and Core-Process Psychotherapy. In addition to several periods of psychotherapy, I have had over twelve years of experience of Analytic Psychology (Jungian analysis) and supervision from Nicholas Spicer (who received his training analysis from Marie-Louise von Franz, a close colleague and companion of Carl Jung, the founder of Analytical Psychology). For seven years, as part of my training I worked in the Art Therapy Department of a Psychiatric Hospital and have been supervisor to an Inner City Drugs project, the Dementia Care Trust counselling service and a Counselling Training. I was a member of the Committee of the Bristol Psychotherapy Association. I have presented papers at the C.G. Jung Lectures (Bristol) and the Bath Analytic Network. One of my papers was published in the book "Ethically Challenged Professions" Edited by House and Bates.

Particular areas of expertise and experience include working with Mid-life crisis (or any other time crisis) along with the associated issues of loss of meaning or sense of purpose in life, and depression (or oppression). If you need help changing your life to one more suited to you, rather than the one you find yourself with, then I should be able to help. I have specific success working with early life trauma - emotional (e.g. adoption, parental bereavement) or physical (e.g. peri-natal trauma or early hospitalisation). I have a particular affinity with people who see themselves as Outsiders, Rebels, Misfits, Down-trodden or the Excluded and can help these people feel more at ease with themselves (if not the World). I find that working with dreams, the imagination and the body are useful avenues to deepen the work in addition to psychotherapy's usual focus on thinking and feeling.  Additionally, when necessary or requested by clients, I offer a Mindfulness like 2 Question meditation practice that can be practised alone or refined and deepened as a joint awareness practice.

I am Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checked and cleared (formerly CRB - Criminal Records Bureau).

For more information follow this link -

More About Psychotherapy and Gary Tomkins

To arrange an initial free meeting telephone

07812 544542 (Mobile)

or email me using either (or both) of the email addresses below. I will always answer an email, hopefully within 24 hours, but do sometimes find that they do go astray or blocked. If I do not reply, please try again or phone or text.

All sessions are held at -

  Vallis Villa (formerly Melgrove), Vallis Road, Frome, Somerset. BA11 3EN

(see contact page for directions)



Gary Tomkins BA Hons., Dip.

Gary Tomkins 2011