Teryll (Tess) Galley

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Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I am an experienced counsellor offering support to adults impacted by cancer, with a special interest in women and breast cancer.  Whether you are in shock from a recent diagnosis; worried about surgery or treatment, wondering how on earth you will get through it; or struggling to imagine your life beyond cancer, I can help you to calm the overwhelm and make sense of the chaos so that you find ways to cope in your daily life. 

Maybe you are trying to support a partner, family member or friend and struggling to know what to say or do. Working through your own feelings can enable you to be more present and available to your loved one when they need you. 

I don’t claim to know everything there is to know about cancer, but I do know it is a terrifying word that instils fear, dread and anxiety.  A life once ‘normal’ is turned upside down in an instant, the future is uncertain, and you feel isolated, vulnerable and afraid. 

Counselling can help by: 

  • sharing your thoughts and feelings and having them heard and acknowledged - so that you feel supported;
  • setting small goals with regular sessions brings order to the chaos of your situation – so that you feel more in control;
  • having a safe place to take your fears and worries helps to relieve stress and anxiety - so that you feel more able to 'be' with the people you love.

Through my own experience of a cancer diagnosis ten years ago, I understand what it is like to fear the days, weeks, months and even years ahead. Counselling helped me through a very challenging time, keeping me balanced and more settled in myself.  Having somewhere to offload the worries and feelings I couldn’t share with the loved ones I wanted to protect, enabled me to feel more engaged with family and daily life.  

I would like to support you through your own experience, because I know what a difference counselling can make.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have been in private practice for 7 years.

My final dissertation before qualifying focused on the intense feelings of shock, terror and helplessness I had grappled with during the early stages of my diagnosis.  It became a therapeutic and cathartic piece of work that enabled me to push forward as a human being, and fulfil my desire to become a counsellor. 

I had personal counselling throughout the whole of my training, illness and eventual qualification.  It became a special and treasured relationship that lasted several years, and for me was at the core of my ability to navigate some very muddy waters at a difficult  time in my life.

What is it like to work with me? - I think of our counselling work as a collaboration between the two of us.  You bring whatever you are struggling with and we work together to understand it and find some perspective and clarity.  

Advice? - I don’t give you advice or tell you what to do because believe it or not you are the expert on your own feelings and experiences, and any changes you need to make to move forward in your life.  I just help you to work through all of the stuff that gets in the way of that so that you start to find your own answers.

That’s why our relationship is so important.  It takes time to build trust in another person to allow yourself to feel safe enough to look at some really difficult and painful things. I aim to offer you the kind of relationship that hopefully enables you to do that. 

The First Session - Our first session is an opportunity for us to talk about what is troubling you, to discuss in more detail your needs and hopes, and how we might take things from there.  This session will also give us a sense of what it would be like to work together.  There is no commitment to continue beyond the first session - it is important that we feel comfortable with one another and clear about the support I can offer you for the issues that you want to work through.

Professionally I keep up to date with subjects that are of particular interest to me and my client work, and the development of my practice.

Counselling Qualifications

  • Diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling (BCPC) - BACP accredited course
  • Foundation Certificate in Bereavement Counselling - (Temenos Education)
  • Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling - (Counselling Tutor) 

As a Registered Member of BACP, I abide by the Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

You do not have to be impacted by cancer to work with me.  I also work with a variety of issues, including loss, grief, change, relationships, anxiety and daily life struggles.


£55.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

My standard fee is £55 per session

I offer a concessionary rate of £40 to trainee counsellors and full-time students

Sessions are 50 minutes and usually take place on a weekly basis

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I offer daytime appointments Monday, Tuesday & Thursday between 9am and 6pm.  

I currently have availability for new clients.

Further information

How I offer counselling - I am experienced in working face-to-face, online and by telephone.  You can have sessions purely in one way, or a combination – whatever works best for you.  I run my practice from a private space in my home in a quiet village location near Marlborough in Wiltshire.  

If you are wanting to have your sessions online or by telephone, it does not matter where you are located in the UK.  And you can have your sessions from the comfort of your own home if you have a quiet, confidential space where you feel comfortable to do so.

Short-term or Long-term - We may work together for just a few weeks (6-12 weeks), or this may develop into something longer term.  We will review regularly to see how the counselling is going and will work together towards a final session when you feel ready.  

Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Teryll (Tess) Galley
Teryll (Tess) Galley