Tessa Abbas

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EMDR Therapist, MBACP Accred, PG Dip Integrative Counsellor
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About me

Alongside my counselling practice, I am a member of EMDR Association UK, and offer EMDR Therapy (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing), a highly effective and well-researched advanced psychotherapy.   

When we experience traumatic events, the brain can become overwhelmed and, as a result, mightn't heal as it needs to.  This could be from a car crash, a sexual assault, childhood abuse, a sudden death, or bullying in school, plus many others.  It could have begun from a single traumatic episode, or a number of life events.  These traumas can result in flashbacks, nightmares, anxiety, uncomfortable physical sensations, depression, low self esteem or distressing thoughts as the trauma remains 'stuck' in the brain.  EMDR therapy encourages the brain to reprocess traumatic memories and for you to be free of the distress that these difficult memories cause.   This is done using eye movements or tapping, and enables emotional distance from the traumatic memories.  You can read more about EMDR here, and I welcome any enquiries or questions about how EMDR could work for you: www.emdrassociation.org.uk

Whether you're interested in counselling or EMDR therapy, it can take a lot of courage to seek professional support.  I meet each person with respect and acceptance, and offer a confidential environment where we can explore what you are finding challenging.  We work together to ease distress and develop the tools you need, deciding between us if this is brief work or longer term.

You're welcome to contact me over email or phone and we'll arrange an initial session.  At this session we get to know each other - I'll let you know how I work and you can share some of the issues that you'd like to explore.  Then together we'll think about the next useful steps.

If there is an area for which you would like therapy that isn't listed below, please call me on 07449 084556 and we can discuss how we could work together.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am an accredited, registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I trained with an integrated approach and draw on humanistic, CBT and psychodynamic theories, recognising the power of the therapeutic relationship.  

I am also a member of EMDR Association UK and am a trained EMDR Therapist.

I have completed training on rape and sexual abuse, as well as many other areas of counselling including OCD and trauma, and continue to learn and train alongside my counselling practice.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

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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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£60.00 - £75.00

Additional information

£60 per 50 mins session for counselling

£75 per 60 mins session for EMDR.  

Bank transfer to be made within 24 hours of the session

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I offer a variety of sessions over mornings, afternoons and evenings.

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Tessa Abbas
Tessa Abbas