Gemma Pearson, CPsychol, Msc, Bsc
Therapy – Expert Witness – Supervision
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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.
My training as a psychologist involved completion of a Batchelor degree and Masters degree. I then completed 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.
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, and 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). I am also training in EMDR and have experience of other techniques including mindfulness and compassion based work. For further information, see my therapy pages.
I have a wide range of experience spanning 15 years in 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 Mental Health inpatient hospitals 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
Working in a drugs team with young people who had chronic drug and alcohol issues