Tessa Strickland MA CANTAB, BWY, MA CPP, UKCP Accred.
I was first attracted to psychotherapy as a young mother, over twenty-five years ago. I had no idea what to expect, but I knew that I needed someone to help me make sense of my inner landscape. It worked. Since then, psychotherapy has become integral to my way of life, helping me to understand myself and my family better; relate to others with greater insight; and express my creativity.
After several years in Jungian Psychoanalysis, I trained in Core Process Psychotherapy at the Karuna Institute in Devon. This is a mindfulness-based model which combines the insights of the Buddhist tradition with the perspectives of western pyschotherapy, bringing attention to the wisdom of the body and the relationship between body, speech and mind. It is a multi-layered form of psychotherapy and it can help people in many kinds of situations, throughout life.
I invite you to an initial interview, giving you the opportunity to meet me in person, ask questions and decide whether you feel comfortable about working with me. If we agree to work together, we then meet once a week for a one-hour session. We work at your pace, exploring whatever thoughts, feelings and sensations arise. Sometimes, this can involve working with art, dream material or writing. Together, we find out how you can understand and express more of yourself and live in a more fulfilling and meaningful way.
I see people from all kinds of backgrounds. I have a particular interest in working with relationship issues; bereavement and loss; anxiety and depression, including post-natal depression; and creativity. Having lived in Asia and travelled extensively throughout my career, I also enjoy working with patients from other cultures.
I offer both short and longer term psychotherapy in a welcoming and confidential space in North East Somerset, six miles south of Bath, and in central Oxford. I offer early morning, daytime and evening sessions.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a graduate of Cambridge University (M.A. Classics) and of The Karuna Institute, Devon. A member of UKCP, I practise under its ethical guidelines. Major influences on my work include C. G. Jung, Marion Woodman, D.W. Winnicott and Zen teacher D. T. Suzuki. I addition to practising as a psychotherapist, I am a professional writer. I place a high value on the transformative power of the creative arts, especially music, poetry and literary fiction and I'm interested in how each of us finds our own way to fulfil our potential, both as individuals and in relationship.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Work-related stress
My standard fee is £65.00. I also hold open two spaces at a concessionary rate for those on a low income.
For more information on my work, visit www.challiscombe.com
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Type of session
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I offer early morning and evening as well as daytime appointments.
Types of client