“Never let a stumble in the road be the end of your journey.”


For as long as she can remember, Tessa has contemplated human thought, behaviour and experience, an intrigue that has formed a central thread in each of the professional and personal chapters that have made up her life thus far. Her undergraduate studies in Psychology, a Master’s degree in Play Therapy, a second Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, and various professional roles within therapeutic environments and clinical settings have given her a deep appreciation for the intricacies that underpin the healthy functioning of the human psyche.

Tessa Deane:

Psychodynamic therapy

Many women experience psychiatric difficulties during pregnancy. Dr Melissa assists patients through management and treatment of postpartum related conditions as well as similar symptoms experienced during pregnancy. Dr Melissa expands her interest into the general mental wellness of women.

Mood Anxiety Disorders

There are a number of disorders that fall under this category of mental illness, including depression, anxiety disorders like obsessive-compulsive disorder and panic disorders, as well as bipolar disorder.


Tessa Deane has developed a deep appreciation for the tools required to meet the needs of her patients responsibly and effectively. The patients she is privileged to work alongside know her for her ability to connect in a sincere and supportive way. She utilises a thorough, systematic yet creative approach, founded on the humbling respect she holds for those committed to an internal healing process. Her early career work was primarily with young children. Tessa then gravitated to work with adults following her clinical training. Nonetheless, her focus remains on the child within, and while she draws on various theoretical paradigms, her most comfortable reference point is the psychodynamic perspective.

  • BSocSci Psych from the University of Cape Town
  • BAHons Psych from the University of South Africa
  • MDiac Play Therapy from the University of South Africa
  • MA ClinPsych (cum laude) from Rhodes University

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