Gemma Pearson, CPsychol, Msc, Bsc
I am a registered Practitioner Psychologist with the HCPC and a Forensic Psychologist chartered with the British Psychological Society. I have trained in a number of therapeutic approaches including DBT, EMDR and Schema Therapy. I have over ten years’ experience of offering a wide range of therapy to both individuals and groups. I currently work in the NHS, whilst also developing my private practice.
In particular, I have a passion for supporting individuals who might find themselves stuck in patterns of behaviour that they find distressing but struggle to change. Sometimes this is diagnosed as Personality Disorder. My experience includes working to help manage conditions such as anxiety, depression and OCD, but I can also offer individual support for anger management, substance misuse and relationship issues.
I integrate a range of approaches when working with clients, including Cognitive Behavioural (CBT), Schema Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). Schema Therapy is particularly helpful for individuals who may suffer from problems in relationships or friendships, who put a lot of stress on themselves, feel high levels of emotions or often feel they are in a crisis and can’t cope. It focuses on understanding life long patterns of behaviour, and how our early experiences have formed unhelpful ways of coping which we continue to play out as adults, even though we know it is hurting us. There is some evidence that Schema Therapy can be effective for those where short term CBT has not worked. Dialectical Behaviour Therapy has been developed to help individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder, and has strong supportive evidence for its effectiveness. Its focus is on teaching skills to manage emotions, distress and interpersonal problems and is a more structured intervention. I am a trained DBT Therapist and can offer a DBT informed approach to individuals.
My training as a psychologist involved completion of a Batchelor degree, Masters degree and further training, to the equivalent of Doctoral level, to gain chartership and registration with the HCPC to use the protected title of Forensic Psychologist. The ten years of training I completed means I have experience in a large range of areas. Psychologists differ from Counsellors/ Psychotherapists as generally the level of training required is greater. We have specialist skills in the assessment of individuals and are qualified to complete specific assessments which can lead to a diagnosis - for example for Personality Disorder or PTSD. The level of training taken means that Psychologists are also able to offer long term therapy for complex, persistent disorders.
I have a wide range of experience offering assessment and expert witness reports. These can cover Mental health assessment, Personality Disorder, Cognitive and Forensic risk assessment.
I am a member of the British Psychological Society Register for Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors (RAPPs) and have supervised a range of individuals including psychologists, trainee's, healthcare staff and Prison staff.
Offering 1:1 therapy as part of a private practice
Expert witness reports to family court, parole and mental health tribunals.
Completing assessment and therapy for adults with complex needs in the Bucks area in both NHS inpatient hospital and community forensic mental health team
Offering consultancy to the Probation Service as part of a Personality Disorder service
Working in a Mental Health inpatient hospital for young people (both CAMHs and young adults)
Clinical Lead of a Personality Disorder wing (Psychologically Informed Planned Environment) in HM Prison
Running violence reduction/ anger management CBT groups and individual work in HM Prison