Gemma Bond, MBACP - Psychodynamic Counsellor (Children and Adolescents)
Is your child experiencing challenges such as anxiety, low self-esteem, depression, self-harm, parental separation, family difficulties or living with parental addiction or mental health issues? Or are you a young person facing such challenges or struggling with your emerging identity, sexuality, gender, an upcoming transition or loss, or an experience of being separated from your birth family?
These are tough challenges to navigate for adults, but for children and young people therapeutic support is almost always necessary or helpful to progress healthily into adulthood. I have worked as a social care worker, a social worker and a psychodynamic counsellor for almost 20 years, and have supported children, young people and their families through the difficulties described here.
I work with narrative and transition. I believe through acknowledging history, separation and loss, and providing a space and a language for children to think and speak about their experiences, that children can be the narrators of their own stories, and recognise the triggers and emotions which may disrupt their healthy development. The hope is that ultimately young people will not be controlled by the difficulties in their past and present, but alert to them and have some choice over how they affect their ongoing stories.
Separation and loss are part of life for all of us, from birth to death. I work with children to acknowledge and accept their stories and losses, have permission to grieve, and find a place for them in their ongoing self identity and family identity.
I offer Individual Therapy to children and young people, I am the founder of a therapeutic organisation called Marula, and members of the Marula team are available to assist me with parent and family work where it is deemed appropriate. Marula also offers therapeutic group work programmes and Therapeutic Life Story Work packages to schools and social care agencies.
Following our initial telephone or email conversations the process would be:-
- We would meet for an assessment session for you to learn more about the therapy, and so I can get a better understanding of why you have sought counselling at this time.
- If after this assessment session you do not feel we make a good therapeutic fit for you or your child, there is no obligation to continue.
- However, if you do wish to proceed we would arrange weekly appointments at my clinic near Horsham (free parking available).
- There may be some flexibility with location, for example some schools make a room available for therapeutic work, we could explore this. We would meet to review the work with the child and their parents ahead of each break (which usually coincide with school breaks).
- It is impossible to predict how long therapeutic work is useful for, as each child is different, however the half-termly/6 weekly reviews permit frequent discussion about the work and its duration.
Thank you for your interest, I hope I can help.
Training, qualifications & experience
- MBACP Registered Member and HCPC Registered
- BScEcon Sociology and Education, University of Wales, Cardiff
- MSc Social Work, London South Bank University
- MSc Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents, University of London, Birkbeck College.
- I have an enhanced DBS check.
- I have worked within statutory Children's Social Care since 2003 in a variety of teams including Child Protection and Looked After Children's Teams, I left the local authority as a Team Manager in this sector. I also have experience working in the family courts.
- I have provided individual and group therapy for children and adolescents since 2010.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Young carers
- Assessment Session £50 for 1 hour
- Counselling Session £45 for 50 minutes
- Parent/Child Review Session £45 for 50 minutes
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
My session times are currently Wednesday and Thursday evening, with some daytime availability which can be discussed. I do not have weekend availability.
Types of client