Body Wisdom

As children, we learn about the world through our bodies. As adults in the post-industrial west, we can easily lose touch with our innate body wisdom, overriding the messages the body is trying to send us in order to meet deadlines, be productive, become or stay successful. As a survival strategy, we try to comfort ourselves by binging on food, drugs or alcohol or to control ourselves by fasting. Before we know it, our body, which would ordinarily be our best friend, has become an enemy.

In my practice as a psychotherapist, I pay close attention to the wisdom of the body and the messages it is seeking to convey. A yoga practitioner with a longstanding interest in eastern philosophical traditions, I incorporate some of the teachings of these traditions into my sessions, using simple movement work and mindful breathing techniques to help allay patterns of anxiety and stress and to restore health and wellbeing.


‘I contacted Tessa for support when my mother was terminally ill. We worked together through her death and through the difficult months that followed. Every session with Tessa gave me a new insight about my life. It made an immeasurable difference to me to have this support and to learn practices I could use to manage my feelings during such a challenging and transformative period’

— Matthew, company director