Gemma Finney

Gemma Finney

Gateshead
Tyne And Wear
NE8

07852 135421

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Gateshead
Tyne And Wear
NE8

07852 135421

About me

I am a friendly, calm, approachable counsellor with a background in Psychology and a wealth of counselling experience.

I have worked with clients who have experienced a wide range of issues such as depression, bereavement, abuse, stress and anxiety, self-harm and suicidal thoughts/actions, relationship and sexual issues, self esteem/confidence issues, eating disorders and many more.

From past experience with clients I understand that when you are considering counselling you probably have lots of questions running through your mind. Hopefully the information below can help answer some of these questions:

How have I got to this point?

In seeking counselling you’ve maybe reached a point where basically you'd like to change. Maybe you've reached a point where you'd like things in your life to be different, or to learn more about yourself, or to look at issues, thoughts or feelings which are causing you distress or frustration. I appreciate that getting in touch to arrange counselling, even just looking at this website, is often very difficult but it’s such an important step. It’s perfectly natural to feel anxious or to even have mixed feelings about coming to counselling. But as soon as you meet me in first session, I will do my utmost to ensure your worries are eased.

What happens in counselling?

I will endeavour to arrange our first session as soon as possible, usually within the same week of contact. In your counselling sessions, you will be given a warm, safe, confidential space in which to explore what is going on for you. I understand that some issues will be particularly difficult or upsetting for you to talk about and at times it may seem that you feel worse due to talking about these issues, but I can reassure you that this is part of the therapeutic process. To reach the other side of the swirling river of negative feelings, thoughts and issues, and to feel better, it is necessary to wade through them, engage with them, understand them and emerge with insight about yourself. And I will be there to wade with you throughout this process. I am here to give you time, to notice you - your reactions, your body language and themes and patterns in your words, thoughts and behaviours. Counselling sessions will offer you the opportunity to really look at who you are as a person, which can be daunting, but because I aim for the sessions to feel as safe as possible, the result can be far less daunting and can be quite liberating.

Why is this different to talking to family and friends?

There is real value in being able to talk to someone impartial, removed from your personal situation, who doesn’t know the back history of your life and has a fresh pair of eyes on your situation. Friends and family, although they have your best interests at heart, may try to advise you and guide you. Sometimes, all you need is to be able to say what is worrying you without fear that you will be judged. You are given that opportunity in counselling sessions with me. It is your opportunity to be open, honest and true to yourself in order to work out life perspectives or which path to take in life and ultimately change your life. Give it a go and see how different you can feel.

Training, qualifications & experience

BSc Psychology, FD Counselling, MBACP

Member organisations

BACP

Photos & videos

  • Counselling Room 1
  • Counselling Room 2

Fees

Sessions are one hour long and are £40 a session.

You can get £5 off your first session with me if you mention you found me through the Counselling Directory.

Maps & Directions

Gateshead, NE8

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Availability

I am available at various times through the week, please e-mail me and we can book your first session

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Organisations
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