Tessa Melvin-Gibbons, BSc (Hons) Counselling, MBACP
Hello, I am Tessa and I practice from East Finchley and Kentish Town, both are a short walk from underground stations. I have a degree in Integrative Counselling and professional membership with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and abide strictly by their professional standards and code of ethics. As an integrative counsellor I have been trained to work within a broad range of theories and models, which includes psychodynamic, person-centred, existential and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). This scope of depth and training, alongside my experience and passion, helps me to help you in a way that is tailored to your needs.
My approach to therapy is to help people understand themselves better and to explore their difficulties within an accepting and empathic attitude. I work holistically and collaboratively to understand and make sense of your difficulties so that you can approach these issues with a renewed perspective, offering you the freedom to be more in charge of your future and the choices you make, something that offers you freedom to live your life in a more satisfied and meaningful way. I believe we all have within us the potential for growth and at times we just need someone to listen and to facilitate an environment that helps us to help ourselves.
Counselling may feel like a daunting prospect, especially if this is your first time or you have had a negative experience of in the past, but I will offer you my honesty and understanding and help you to explore your difficulties freely while offering a safe and confidential environment. The consistency of the therapeutic relationship and the knowledge that I will accompany you in a professional capacity, while listening and caring about what you bring, is paramount to change and I look forward to accompanying you on that journey.
I very much respect that our lived experiences are very individual, that we are shaped by influences from our past history, such as relationships, culture and religion. It is important for me as a therapist to strive to understand you, from your unique frame, before I consider which approach will be most helpful to you. We can then decide together how to go forward, facilitating your work in ways that are respectful of your values, individual resources and capacity for choice.
Training, qualifications & experience
Alongside my private practice I also work for a counselling agency in north London. My practice here covers a range of clients who are experiencing domestic abuse, bereavement, pregnancy crisis, as well as general counselling, which includes a range of concerns such as anxiety/depression, addiction, and relationship difficulties.
You will also find me working in secondary schools with young people, 11 to 18. I have a special interest in this area of work since raising my own children through adolescence, and witnessing the profoundly difficult and emotionally trying transition this can present, for both the young person and parents/carers. Adolescents often feel misunderstood, which takes away from the developing authentic self, thus creating difficulties, isolation and relationship break down, and while it is also a crucial time to feel respect and acceptance from others, the response they often feel is quite opposite. However, counselling can offer a young person a safe and neutral space to explore their inner difficulties within an empathic and non-judgmental environment; a space where they can feel understood. I have experience working with individuals who have learning differences and I have found the counselling relationship to be a very helpful platform.
My personal experiences with physical health issues naturally draw me to help those that need support with the emotional difficulties that are attached. I have journeyed through cancer and am acutely aware of the difficulties and the emotional impact that physical health issues, whether they are temporary or long term, can have on the person and their loved ones. Those issues can often feel isolating while it is not always easy to speak about our worries through fear of transferring those fears onto the people who support us. The counselling space is somewhere you can speak freely about your fears and the losses that can accompany poor health. I firmly believe that when we are emotionally healthy our physical well being responds accordingly.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
Other areas of counselling I deal with
The above is not an exhaustive list. Please contact me with any other issues/concerns.
Assessment and continuing 50 minute sessions - £55
* blocks of 4 sessions at a discounted rate.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday, Thursday and Friday day and evening. Tuesday and Wednesday evening.
Types of client