Gemma Marie BSc (Hons), PGCE
I am a person-centred counsellor and my sessions from the wellness centre create a safe space for you while catering to your individual needs and requirements.
"Person-centred therapy, also known as person-centred or client-centred counselling, is a humanistic approach that deals with the ways in which individuals perceive themselves consciously, rather than how a counsellor can interpret their unconscious thoughts or ideas.
The person-centred approach ultimately sees human beings as having an innate tendency to develop towards their full potential. However, this ability can become blocked or distorted by certain life experiences, particularly those experiences which affect our sense of value.
The core purpose of person-centred therapy is to facilitate our ability to self-actualise - the belief that all of us will grow and fulfil our potential. This approach facilitates the personal growth and relationships of a client by allowing them to explore and utilise their own strengths and personal identity. The counsellor will aid this process, providing vital support to the client as they make their way through this journey.
The person-centred counsellor is not an expert; rather the client is seen as an expert on themselves and the person-centred counsellor encourages the client to explore and understand themselves and their troubles."
I have always possessed a strong desire to help people on an emotional level and when I graduated from university in 2004 with an honours degree in Applied Psychology, my journey towards applying that to a career began.
My next step in that journey took me to Manchester University in 2006, where I completed a certificate in Psychotherapy skills and began to volunteer with the Samaritans for several years until I completed Level 2 in Therapeutic Counselling - this led straight into completing my Level 4 in Therapeutic Counselling.
Following this, I joined CRUSE Bereavement Cumbria as a volunteer and supported clients across Cumbria for a number of years.
I am a member of the BPS (British Psychological Society) and am accredited by the BACP (British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists).
In addition to my work in voluntary organisations I have also had the privilege of being able to offer my services to young people in a school setting. Throughout my career to date, I have supported many individuals of various ages with various psychological issues.
I have a cheerful and welcoming therapy suite at the Wellness Centre with a separate waiting room for clients attending/waiting for appointments.
I counsel individuals from the age of 14 years and can provide a therapeutic program to help with issues surrounding self-esteem, confidence and resilience building, trauma, bereavement, anxiety and depression.
I offer a free initial 30 minute consultation - this session enables me to get to know you and for you to decide whether you feel comfortable working with me - following this I will then book you in for a full assessment.
I believe in the power of transformation and that every human has the potential to fulfil their own life path. I hope to be able to help you on your journey through life and be of assistance to those who may have lost their way or may be struggling to identify or overcome barriers.
Every session in confidential and within the boundaries and ethics of the BACP code.