Gary Tomkins is an Individual Psychotherapist and Counsellor in Frome who helps with Anxiety, Depression, Bereavement, Relationship difficulties and a wide range of other issues

Covid 19 Update

Covid 19 has been a massive disruption to peoples’ lives. It has brought with it huge uncertainty, fear and anxiety. Beyond the threat to physical health and financial security, the associated lockdown and confinement has exacerbated loneliness for those alone and increased the strain on personal relationships for those forced to share space. All of these conditions serve to ramp up existential anxieties (fear of dying, our meaning and purpose in life etc.), as well as bringing negative neurotic patterns (those learned from past experiences) to the fore.

I am continuing my counselling and psychotherapy work, tailoring it to meet individual needs and considering present Covid circumstances. Please contact me for up to date information about practical arrangements for meeting.

Gary Tomkins


Counselling helps relieve emotional distress, modify ways of thinking and acting, and seeks solutions to problems in a person’s life. Such problems include anxiety, depression, grief, dissatisfaction in work and life, as well as personal, family and work relationships. I provide a warm, empathic, authentic and non-judgemental space where you can talk confidentially about the issues you face and help support you in coming to terms with them. I offer a free initial session for us to meet, see how we get along and explore the relevance of us working together.

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Psychotherapy addresses emotional crises and mental health problems along with existential issues such as a sense of purpose and meaning, our fundamental aloneness and our inevitable mortality and that of others we love. Psychotherapy often involves exploring our past history including relationships with parents (and siblings), developmental failures, major life events and traumas. Being understood and accepted for who you really are in the psychotherapeutic relationship, helps you overcome negative behaviour patterns and debilitating feelings (e.g. anxiety and depression), allowing you to move more healthily and soulfully in your life, now and in the future.

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Supervision is for counsellors and psychotherapists wanting professional support for themselves and to enhance their practice through mutual reflection on, and consideration of, their client work. I also offer supervision and psychological support / input to alternative health practitioners

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Meditation is a way of reducing stress, finding inner peace as well as greater intimacy with others. I teach a technique from my Core Process Pyschotherapy training which is very similar to Mindfulness or Zen meditation which is open... and not boring! The practice brings awareness to the present moment and can be shared with another to deepen personal relationships.

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Dreamwork helps us understand our deeper psychic or unconscious processes and is one of the cornerstones of my psychotherapy work. I believe dreamwork is so valuable in making a soulful life that I offer one-off sessions for people who want to explore a significant dream without having to make the commitment to ongoing therapy.

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