Gary Tomkins is an Individual Psychotherapist with a Transpersonal & Soulful perspective who has a private practice in Frome, Somerset.
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).