Gemma Louise BSc (Hons), PgD
I am the senior CBT therapist for Psychotherapy Solutions UK and I have 8 years combined experience in neuropsychology, mental health and wellness.
I graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with an honours degree in Neuropsychology after studying human physiology and sociology at Furness College in Barrow.
I then progressed to study at the University of Cumbria where I spent two years achieving a postgraduate diploma in advanced practice of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
Since graduating, I have continued to study for diplomas in Mindfulness-based CBT and life coaching, achieved certificates in safeguarding for children, adults and families, children and young people's mental health, autism awareness, self-harm and suicide prevention, delivering Health & wellness programs and mental health first aid in the workplace.
I have also received extra training to deliver group CBT and facilitate wellness and lifestyle support groups.
In addition, I am currently studying towards a diploma in Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP).
What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
"Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or CBT, is a family of talking therapies, all based on the idea that thoughts, emotional feelings, behaviour, and how our bodies feel, are all connected. If we change one of these we can alter all the others.
When we’re low or upset, we often fall into patterns of thinking and responding which can worsen how we feel. CBT works to help us notice and change problematic thinking styles or behaviour patterns so we can feel better.
CBT is mainly concerned with how we think and act now, although sometimes our current difficulties are related to things which have happened in our past, and so these might also be part of what we talk about.
Goals for therapy are set together with the therapist after talking things through to properly understand the problem. CBT is a collaborative therapy - it’s not something that is done to someone, it’s a way of working together with a CBT therapist.
CBT works best when it involves working on things in between sessions as well as during them. Tasks will be planned together.
As the therapy comes to an end the client and therapist will think together about how the client can continue using CBT techniques in daily life after treatment to continue to improve quality of life."
You can read more about CBT, including pros and cons, on the NHS England website here.
I have a very warm and welcoming therapy suite at the Wellness Centre with a separate waiting room for clients who feel more comfortable with a little more privacy when attending/waiting for appointments.
I specialise in the treatment for depression, all anxiety disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, specific phobias and a range of other mental health conditions. I also have experience with looked after children (foster care placements and care homes) and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). It is my intention to study for more qualifications in complex trauma in the near future.
I am fully insured, hold a DBS criminal check, regularly attend approved continuing professional development (CPD) courses in my field and I undertake professional supervision by a senior CBT therapist.
The services I offer for private clients from the wellness centre are listed below, however if you are a company or organisation interested in mental health first aid courses or any other mental health consultancy packages, please visit the psychotherapy solutions website here.
I can work with you on any internal issues you may have. We can look at how you think and feel about things and explore together if they can be modified along with your behaviour to create a positive change in your life. I also offer one to one life coaching.
The biggest problem between partners is often a lack of communication. I can provide a calm and non-hostile environment to talk through your problems, rediscover each other and move forward in your relationship in a much healthier way.
Often when one member of the family has a problem it can cause the whole family to feel the effects. I can work with you as a family unit on communication skills, setting boundaries and achieving a better understanding of one another which can really benefit the overall familial environment.
Please contact me if you feel your child needs support. I assess child cases on an individual basis and depending on their age and ability to engage I can help them with anxiety, self-esteem, coping strategies and a range of other issues.