Tessa Ettedgui

BA (Hons), Adv Dip and MA Int Psych, UKCP registered

About me

Finding the 'right' therapist can be a confusing and daunting enterprise.   Both my training and personal experience have taught me that there is no one template for how to be in the world. As an integrative psychotherapist I incorporate a number of different schools of thought into my practice and believe that this increases my ability to address your particular needs as an individual with your own unique history and personality.

An initial consultation comes with no obligation to continue, but gives us the opportunity to start the process of exploration, establish goals, and see how we might work together. At this point we might also decide whether to work on a short-term or more open-ended basis.

The reasons people come for counselling/therapy are numerous. You may find that you have always functioned perfectly well but that the impact of a one-off event (either negative or sometimes even seemingly positive) has de-stabilised your sense of yourself, how you view the world and others in it. Your usual coping mechanisms can become stretched to breaking point and you may start to question things you always took for granted. Having the space to explore what is happening to us is invaluable at these times.

Sometimes we are simply feeling 'stuck' in our life and want something to change but are not sure how. Counselling/psychotherapy offers us the opportunity to gain a better understanding of how we have come to view the world and our place in it, thus offering us a greater sense of choice about how to proceed.

Through exploration and reflection, within a safe, confidential and non-judgmental counselling relationship, I believe we can increase our ability to cope with whatever life presents, as well as enriching our enjoyment of life and relationships with others. This is not just about 'thinking things through', but about being allowed to feel emotions which we may have had to ward off while we try and 'cope'.   From personal experience, having someone to rely on who is committed and compassionate and not part of our every day life, can make us feel safe enough to experience a range of emotions, giving a sense of relief, increasing our own self compassion and sense of empowerment.

I have worked in the NHS as well as in private practice. I have experience of working with a range of people of different ages, sexualities, linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

I offer both individual short-term and longer-term counselling and psychotherapy in central London (2 minutes from Oxford Circus tube). I can offer day-time, lunch hour and evening slots with concessionary fees (depending on availability)

Training, qualifications & experience

Foundation Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy, The Minster Centre.

Diploma in Integrative Counselling, The Minster Centre.

Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling, The Minster Centre

MA in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, Middlesex University.

Registered and accredited member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

Certificate in Couple and Relationship Therapy (COSRT)

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Relationship issues

Issues concerning childbirth and parenting

Anxiety and Depression


d/Deaf Issues


Additional information

50 minute sessions at £65 with some low-cost places


Daytime, lunchtime, early mornings and evenings

Further information

I am fluent in French and conversant in Spanish and BSL

I have occasional availability to see clients in SW London

Margaret Street Practice
39 Margaret Street

Farringdon Practice
St John Street

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Additional languages

Fluent in French, conversant in Spanish and BSL