Hello, my name is Tess, I grew up in the beautiful Dyfi Valley, Mid Wales and this is where I live with my partner and two daughters. I run a small private practice based near Machynlleth.
I came to counselling work through an interest in looking at the nature of the mind and perception, as well as a desire to work in close connection with others.
I have a keen interest in growing food and in the natural world, which I believe we, as humans, are not separate from. I also see the mind and body as equals in their intelligence and impact on our mentality.
I have lived and studied abroad and I enjoy the diversity and excitement of different ways of being in the world, as well as having a deep respect for the traditions and language of this land. I have practiced mindfulness and meditation for many years. All of these factors undoubtedly inform my approach to therapy, where there is the option of investigating the relationship between the self, the world and our perceptions.
I am an accredited member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists). I work according to their ethical code.
Diploma in Other-centred Counselling, Tariki Trust
Foundation Certificate in Other-centred Counselling, Tariki Trust
BSc (hons) Degree in Environmental Biology
Certificate in European Studies
Currently working towards:
MSc in Mindfulness Based Approaches
Certificate in Couples Therapy
Continued professional development is an essential part of any therapists' practice. I continue to learn and gain insight through training courses, workshops and personal study. Here are some of the CPD courses I have completed, which gives you an idea of my areas of interest.
Couples in conflict, Juliet Grayson
The fundamentals of working with couples, Juliet Grayson
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), The Mindfulness Project
Releasing negative beliefs and thought patterns, The Radical Compassion Institute
Mindfulness Daily, Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield
EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) Level 1
Bereavement Counselling Foundation Course, Cruse
Sudden and traumatic death, Cruse
Working with trauma, Cruse
Working with shame, Carolyn Spring
Counselling online, BACP