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Gemma Routledge recognises that clients are drawn to counselling for any number of reasons and a confidential, non-judgemental space to talk can commonly give short-term relief, as well as a foundation for lasting change. She believes that inexplicable difficulties with everyday life, relationships, work or transitions can often be understood by revealing the influence of previous experiences. Working psychodynamically to explore relationships between past and present, Gemma helps clients understand and re-work unhelpful patterns and defences that are holding them back. She aims to co-create positive therapeutic relationships that can provide freedom, regain balance and realise true potential.
As a communications professional, Gemma appreciates the power of really connecting with people in a world that bombards us with messages. Amongst all the noise, it can be hard to work out what really matters, so her approach is therefore all about finding clarity through calm reflection. Working in a fast-paced, demanding commercial environment, she experienced first hand the impact of pressure and stress on mental health and relationships. Through voluntary experience, she also specialises in helping clients who feel overwhelmed, tending to self-harm and having suicidal thoughts.
Gemma will discuss with clients what they want to achieve from therapy and work with their own resources and strengths to do so. Her creative background helps her find alternative ways of approaching issues and encouraging clients to express their emotions in different ways, experimenting with their thoughts and feelings in a safe space. She is registered with the BACP and currently working towards a postgraduate diploma in Psychodynamic Psychotherapeutic Counselling. Based at The Awareness Centre in Clapham, she works within the low cost counselling service.