Tessa Strickland MA CANTAB, BWY, MA CPP, UKCP Accred.

Tessa Strickland MA CANTAB, BWY, MA CPP, UKCP Accred.



07748 113437

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07748 113437

About me

I was first attracted to psychotherapy over twenty-five years ago. I had no idea what to expect, but I knew that I needed help in making sense of my inner landscap. It worked. Since then, psychotherapy has become integral to my way of life, helping me to understand myself better; relate to others with greater insight; and develop my creativity.

After several years in Jungian Psychoanalysis, I trained in Core Process Psychotherapy at the Karuna Institute in Devon. This is a mindfulness-based model which combines the insights of the Buddhist tradition with the perspectives of western pyschotherapy, bringing attention to the wisdom of the body and the relationship between body, speech and mind. It is a multi-layered form of psychotherapy and it can help people in many kinds of situations.

I offer an initial interview, which gives you the chance to meet me in person, ask questions and decide whether you feel comfortable about working with me. After this, we meet once a week for a one-hour session. We work at your pace, exploring whatever thoughts, feelings and sensations arise. Sometimes, this can involve working with art, dream material or movement. Together, we find out how you can express more of yourself and live in a more fulfilling and meaningful way.

I see people from all kinds of backgrounds. I have a particular interest in working with relationship issues; with bereavement; with anxiety and depression, including post-natal depression; and with creativity. Having lived in Asia and travelled extensively, I also enjoy working with patients from other cultures.

I offer both short and longer term psychotherapy in a welcoming and confidential space in North East Somerset, five miles south of Bath, and in north Oxford. Subject to availability, I offer early morning, daytime and evening sessions.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a graduate of Cambridge University (M.A. Classics) and of The Karuna Institute, Devon. I practise under the ethical guidelines of UKCP. Major influences on my work include C. G. Jung, Marion Woodman, D.W. Winnicott and D. T. Suzuki. As well as practising as a psychotherapist, I work as a publisher and a writer. I founded the independent children's publishing house Barefoot Books in 1993 and place a high value on the healing power of story in both adults' and children's lives. My own inquiry has been shaped by this and by my interest in the relationship between creativity and spirituality. I am passionate about the importance of the creative arts and their power to teach and transform us.

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My standard fee is £55.00. I also hold open two spaces at a concessionary rate for those on a low income.

Further information

For more information on my work, visit www.challiscombe.com

Maps & Directions

Bath, BA2
Oxford, OX3

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: French


Subject to availability, I offer early morning and evening as well as daytime appointments.

Types of client

Older adults
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