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About sessions with me

Ideally, we’ll meet at the same time and place every week, and sessions will normally last 50 minutes. In our first session we’ll talk a little bit about what your expectations are, and about the issues that bring you to counselling. In this first session, we’ll agree on our boundaries, including, most importantly, the confidentiality of our work. We might also think about how long we might plan to work together. This first session is a way for us to find out if we’ll be able to work together.

Once we have agreed to work together, we’ll work on what you want to bring, and I will do my best to build a trusting relationship between us where you can bring anything and everything – even your most frightening and uncomfortable things. I think counselling works two ways: firstly when we talk about the thoughts and feelings that have been troubling us, hearing them out loud can make them clearer, and can give us new insights and understandings. 

Secondly, I believe there is something magical and healing about the counselling relationship. It is a place where you are fully heard and fully accepted. Experiencing this gives us a freedom from judgment, expectations and agendas – a freedom to be our best selves. 

We’ll be working together online. While you may well have spent more time online in the last year than ever before, you might be wondering what it will be like doing counselling online.  We won’t be in the same physical space, but everything else will be the same. I hope you’ll make yourself comfortable in a place where you won’t be overheard or interrupted. Choose somewhere you don’t associate with work or your ‘normal’ life, and plan some time before and after so you have that transition time you’d have if you were travelling to my office. Don’t forget that you can share your worries or experience of working online with me, you won’t be doing it alone. 

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About my work

I am a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist, and I am a BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy ) Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist. This means that I am bound by a code of ethics in my work, and that my clients have access to phone and email guidance from staff at BACP where concerns can be raised and questions answered. Being Accredited means that my practice has met the BACP’s higher standard as a competent, ethical and independent practitioner.

I am a person-centred counsellor, and this means that I believe my client is the expert in their own journey. I am not here to give advice or instructions. Instead, our relationship will give you the space and place to explore difficult parts of your life, uncomfortable feelings and current problems. I will be there with you, and together we can go to any dark places you feel you need to.

Because I am working with a person, rather than a diagnosis or a label, I can work with you, whatever you bring. I have worked with clients with depression, anxiety, a history of childhood sexual abuse, a history of growing up in care, a history of childhood abuse, marriage and relationship difficulties including domestic abuse, and trauma. I’m happy to work with clients who bring particular issues they’d like to explore, and with clients who aren’t sure what they want to work on, but who have a feeling that counselling will help improve their life.

If you’d like to know more about the theoretical background to my work, try here.

If you’d like to know more about what to expect from our work together, try here.

I am an Accredited member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, and a professional member of ACTO (Association for Counselling and Therapy Online,




About me

I’m Jessica (she/her), and I bring to my work as a counsellor a rich life experience. Before training as a counsellor, I worked for the Scottish Ambulance Service for eight years, including five years in the control room answering 999 calls. In this role, I certainly heard people at their most vulnerable. It also means I have first hand experience of working in a high pressure environment, and the broader impact on our lives workplace stress can have. I also have an understanding of some medical and traumatic emergencies, both how they impact us now, and how they impact us over time.

For twenty years before that, I worked as a teacher of English as a foreign language – teaching mainly adults in Asia and Europe. Living and working in different countries had a profound impact on me; it gave me a broad experience of different cultures, and showed me what it’s like to be different, and how it feels to be different from the norm.

Having said all that, I know that we all experience things differently. Both you and I could be in the same situation, and it would affect us both in completely different ways. In my work as a counsellor, I bring my experiences into the room because they have made me who I am now, but I do not bring any assumptions about how your experiences have affected you.

Welcome to Jessica Tett Counselling

I am a qualified counsellor/psychotherapist. I am based in Edinburgh, and I work online.

If you are thinking about starting working with a counsellor, have a look around, I hope what I have written here will answer the questions you have. I look forward to hearing from you if you have more questions, or if you’d like to arrange to meet and find out if we could work together.

There are many different reasons that people seek out counselling: perhaps you have been feeling low or anxious; perhaps you would like the opportunity to explore a particular event or time in your life;  perhaps you are feeling uncomfortable within yourself for some as yet unknown reason. Maybe life has become more difficult, and you feel like you are struggling to cope.

Seeking out help is the first step, and I know it’s a difficult one. Starting working with a counsellor is daunting, and the work itself can be painful, but you won’t be doing it alone, I will be right there with you.

Contact me if working together is something you’d like to explore:


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