Tessa Melvin-Gibbons, BSc (Hons) Counselling, MBACP, Dip.Hypnotherapy
Hello, I am an experienced Counsellor who has a degree in Integrative Counselling and professional membership with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I work within a broad range of theories and models, which helps me to help you in a way that is tailored to your specific needs. My training in Hypnotherapy and Life Coaching can also be integrated in to my practice.
I aim to help people understand themselves better and to explore their difficulties within a non-judgmental environment. We will work together to make sense of your difficulties so that you can approach these issues with a renewed perspective, offering you the possibility to be more in charge of your future, something that offers you freedom to live your life in a more satisfied way. I believe we all have the potential for growth and their are times in our lives that we just need someone to listen and to provide an environment that helps us to help ourselves.
Counselling may feel like a daunting prospect, especially if this is your first time but I will offer you understanding and help you to explore your difficulties in a safe, friendly and confidential environment. I will explain to you in our first session (assessment) how counseling works and it is an opportunity for you to see if it is something you would like to continue and if we are the right fit. I respect that our lived experiences are individual, and that we are shaped by our past, through relationships, culture and religion. It is with this in mind that I strive to understand you and go forward with you, facilitating the work in ways that are respectful of your values, individual resources and capacity for choice. Counselling is a space that is dedicated to you, to work out what you need, in order to feel less burdened and more free of the issues that weigh you down, enabling personal growth and empowerment.
My Hypnotherapy training can help me to help you with weight issues, long term physical health problems, smoking cessation, anxiety and addiction. This can be combined in the counselling sessions, with your permission.
Please email or call me for a no fee chat so you can gain a sense of me and how I can help you.
I am not there to judge but to support you to a better place in your life. I look forward to hearing from you.
PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION AND DETAILS ON SPECIFIC ISSUES.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have listed the various counselling areas that I cover and will provide more information at your request. However, below is some more detailed information about a few of the presenting issues that I have worked with.
Alongside my private practice I also work for a counselling agency in north London. My practice here covers a range of clients who are experiencing domestic abuse, bereavement, pregnancy crisis, as well as general counselling, which includes a range of concerns such as anxiety/depression, addiction, and relationship difficulties.
Unwelcome weight can contribute to loss of confidence, self-esteem and health problems. It can prevent us from grabbing those opportunities and chasing our dreams when we are not feeling comfortable with how we look. Paying attention to diet and exercise is something we all know about but often it is not so easy to action when we are busy, stressed and low. We want to do what is best for ourselves but somehow it doesn't happen. Very often there are underlying factors that prevent us from tackling our weight issues, and it is very useful to explore its origin and find the connection or the trigger to over eating. I can offer you an integrated program which involves counselling, coaching and hypnotherapy. This will be discussed and planned together.
Anxiety and Panic Attacks
If you suffer with anxiety and/or panic attacks we can work together to find the source of your distress and go forward with a program that will gradually allow you to be free of this devastating and limiting disorder. If you are committed and prepared to face this fear you will not be alone in your difficulties. Support is often the thing that makes the difference.
Long term physical health issues and Cancer
I am acutely aware of the difficulties and the emotional impact that physical health issues can have on a person. Those issues can often feel isolating while it is not always easy to speak to our loved ones through fear of transferring those fears onto the people who support us. The counselling space is somewhere you can speak freely about your fears and the losses that can accompany poor health. I firmly believe that when we are emotionally healthy our physical well being responds accordingly.
Bereavement and loss of a child/relationship
Loss of a loved one is one of the most distressing times in our lives and although time is the most significant healer it is very helpful to have someone to talk to when you feel as though everyone else has stopped listening. One of the most painful and traumatic losses is that of a child or miscarriage because the unfairness and the loss of a future life with that child is hard to bear. We never get over the loss of a child but we can learn to find some peace with it enough that we can allow ourselves to continue with our lives. I have substantial experience in this area and have witnessed individuals move from a very painful and unfulfilled life to a place where they can feel happy and able to enjoy life again.
You will also find me working in secondary schools with young people. I have a special interest in this area of work since raising my own children through adolescence, and the difficulties this can often present for both the young person and parents/carers. Adolescents often feel misunderstood, and counselling can offer a young person a safe space to explore within a neutral and non-judgmental environment. I also have experience working with individuals who have learning differences and Asperger's Syndrome, and I have found the counselling relationship to be a very helpful platform.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
The above is not an exhaustive list. Please contact me with any other issues/concerns.
Please call/email for a no charge/no commitment chat.
Skype/Phone sessions from £44, if paying for a block of sessions.
Counselling students £30.
I am not taking any face to face clients for now, only by Skype or phone call.
Concessions offered for
This thank you message is nothing compared to how you succeeded to calm all the waves in my life in six sessions." - R.O.
"I felt really comfortable around Tessa and want to say thank you for helping me to create a strategy for what at the time was a very overwhelming situation" - F.L.
"After 16 years of grieving for my daughter I never thought I would get my life back. Tessa helped me to work through my grief and not feel guilty about getting on with my life. I never thought I would be happy again. Thank you" - T.F.