What to expect

A bit nervous about your
first session with me?


When You Come To A Counselling Session With Me…

I shall see the person/s, not the problem. In my 13 years of private practice, with individuals, couples, families, and businesses, seeing children, adolescents and adults, I have never met anyone who doesn’t welcome a warm, soothing, quiet space in which to explore their sadness, loss, worry, grief, anger, confusion, guilt, shame, helplessness or hopelessness. So when you come to me, there won’t be a waiting room full of overwhelmed patients to navigate, not even a receptionist you have to smilingly engage with – I shall greet you at the door. I shall welcome you into a simple comfortable room that doesn’t have a whiff of clinical analysis about it. Because, like me, you will need a private and personal space, in which we can begin to build that healing therapeutic relationship.

There will have been a simple form to fill out online before your session, so that, in comfortable conversation, I shall guide you to share your story, your concerns and issues. But don’t worry, it’s not all doom and gloom – there’s rarely a session I don’t share at least a chuckle, if not a good laugh, with my clients – shared laughter really is the best medicine, because it regulates our nervous system! Together, we will explore the many facets of your dilemma and in that process you will develop awareness and insights, to feel a whole lot better.

“Change is hard at first, messy in the middle and delightful at the end.”

When the session is finished you will have found relief in sharing your story and you will have tailored strategies to begin using immediately. You won’t be aware of the multiplicity of therapies I have seamlessly employed throughout the session, though I will be transparent about what I see playing into your issues and what I believe might be useful therapeutic ways forward.

Even when you have left my counselling room, our therapeutic relationship will continue – with your permission, and employing a narrative therapy technique, I shall contact you within the week to hear of any concerns you have and to celebrate and support positive changes you are making.

I love the work I do – to share that healing connection with a client is a humbling privilege that I will never take for granted.


  • Tapping into Relationships – eft2
  • Emotional Focused Therapy EFT
  • Intentional Tapping SET
  • Process Therapy
  • The Havening Techniques
  • Interactive Drawing Therapy IDT
  • Emotional Freedom Technique EFT -TAPPING
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Mindfulness Based Therapy
  • Sand Play
  • Internal Family Systems IFS
  • Acceptance Commitment Therapy ACT
  • Strength Based Therapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Transactional Analysis TA
  • Gestalt Therapy Techniques
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy CBT
  • Dialectic Behavioural Therapy DB

I also use a variety of counselling modalities through which to deliver these therapies, according to the contextual needs of each client – Face to face counselling can be supported by telephone, online video counselling, email, or text to produce the changes a client seeks. I also provide home visits for clients who are housebound.

What my
Clients Say

  • Tess offers thoughtful insight and practical advice on navigating many of life’s challenges and exploring the origins of negative thoughts and feelings. I would highly recommend counselling from Tess.

    – Amy S

  • The qualities that mark her work include compassion, caring, and an ability to walk in her client’s shoes that allows her to develop creative but scientifically based interventions. The success of her psychotherapy is evidenced by the referrals made by her clients to those they know.

    – Sue H-P

  • It’s never easy cracking your heart open, but I’m so thankful for the safe space and support Tess provides to enable this journey of mine.

    – Nicole F

  • It is also no exaggeration to say that Tess was pivotal in me overcoming a 10 year fear of flying and overseas travel. Tess introduced me to Tapping/EFT and it literally changed my perspective on how I could cope with stress and emotional angst and panic attacks. I cannot understate the power of this gift/tool.

    – Jenna H

  • Tess has been very helpful to my partner and I. Lots of good suggestions and kind follow up!

    – TC