Gemma Hurley Dip, BA (Hons), MA - Child and Adolescent Therapist
6 The Drive
64 Southover High Street
Welcome to my profile for psychotherapy with families, young adults and children.
I am an Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist who works along side families, young adults and children in Lewes, Brighton and the surrounding area. I hold a Masters degree in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, an Advanced Diploma in the Therapeutic Application of the Arts and a Certificate in Counselling Skills, all of which were gained at The Institute for Arts and Therapy in Education, London. I have also studied meditation techniques and regularly utilise mindfulness.
I am a professional member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP Trainee Membership, working towards full accreditation), the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and The Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education (IATE). I adhere to a strict code of ethics and attend weekly clinical supervision. I have full professional insurance cover and an up-to-date enhanced DBS (Disclosures and Barring Service) certificate.
Before opting to become a therapist I had several different jobs and spent time traveling and working abroad. Since I can remember I have loved the Arts, and many years ago studied Photographic Art at Falmouth University. Whilst I am now a keen wildlife and portrait photographer, I have also developed an interested in how the Arts can help us recognise and move beyond difficult life experiences. This interest led me to develop my knowledge on the therapeutic benefits of creating Art images by opting to train as a Child therapist. I first studied counselling skills and went on to complete my Masters in Integrative Child psychotherapy and using Arts within Therapy.
I currently work in Lewes, Brighton, Hove and the surrounding area.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist based in Lewes and the Sussex area with many years of experience working along side children, young adults and their families.
As an Integrative therapist, I utilise attachment, psychoanalysis, humanistic and systemic theories, whilst I also have a keen interest in cutting-edge psychology, neurobiology and psychotherapy practices. I can help children and young adults with a wide range of concerns and difficulties, and along side talking I can offer play, art and creativity within psychotherapy to help those I work with express themselves fully and move beyond difficult experiences and any associated feelings. I am also interested in issues of trauma, specifically developmental trauma and the how this impacts a child and the parents/carers, and family surrounding such a child.
My clinical experience includes work within nurseries, schools, universities, professional agencies and private practice where I work with children, young people and parents individually, facilitate group work for specific needs and provide psycho-therapeutic advocacy for children within networks. I am able to work with a wide range of personal concerns, experiences and difficulties and I welcome all children, young people and parents, as well as professionals working with vulnerable young people, i.e. adoption concerns and fostering.
Currently I work with many children and parents each week and along side psychotherapy, I work with education staff offering training on attachment, behaviour and mental health. My approach is non-directive and I offer an empathic, accepting and sensitive space where I use my experience and knowledge to support and promote wellbeing and the development of healthy relationships.
Continued Professional Development:
Your Space Therapies: Certificate in working in Schools.
The Centre for Emotional Development: Workshop in Fear and Communication - Working with, and reflecting on, risk and young people.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Gender dysphoria
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Pregnancy and birth
Therapy appointments cost between £45 and £60 per 50 minute session.
Please contact me for further information on supervision, group work, training and consultation.
Concessions for college/university students.
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I offer clinical supervision to Support Workers, Teaching Assistants and Teachers and the broader helping professions working with children, young people and families.
Reflective group work
I offer group work to Teachers, Teaching Assistants and other professionals to process, reflect and make sense of the feelings, experiences and behaviours of children and young people they are working with.
I can offer training to teachers and parents on areas such as therapeutic play, therapeutic listening, understanding trauma and abuse and attachment theory so please do contact me regarding your requirements.
Consultation to parents, carers and professionals can sometimes be very supportive for a child or young person, especially when a child or young person is unwilling to engage with therapy. Consultation can assist teachers and parents in processing, reflecting and making sense of the feelings, experiences and behaviours of children and young people.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Week days and Saturday mornings.
Types of client