Tessa Ettedgui BA (Hons), Adv Dip and MA Int Psych, UKCP registered.
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)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Issues concerning childbirth and parenting
Anxiety and Depression
50 minute sessions at £65 with some low-cost places
I am fluent in French and conversant in Spanish and BSL
I have occasional availability to see clients in SW London
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||Fluent in French, conversant in Spanish and BSL|
Daytime, lunchtime, early mornings and evenings
Types of client