Gemma Gilewski, BSc(Hons), MSc, PGCert, PGDipCBT, BABCP
BScHons Psychology (University of Hertfordshire)
MSc Forensic Mental Health (University of Birmingham)
PGCert Evidenced Based Psychological Treatment (University of Reading)
PGDip Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Royal Holloway University London)
BABCP Accredited by the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
My name is Gemma and I am a qualified and accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist (with the BABCP https://babcp.com/). I have been working in the field of mental health within the NHS for over ten years.
I currently work in a private clinic in Swansea, following my last post in NHS clinical practice as a child and adolescent CBT Therapist in CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services). This follows many years of working within primary care services within the NHS in Engalnd as a High Intensity CBT Therapist for IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) with experience in treating a wide range of difficulties. Alongside my private practice, I am also a lecturer and supervisor on the Cognitive and Behaviour Therapies Post Graduate Certificate ad Diploma at Cardiff University as well as a casual Lecturer in CBT at the University of South Wales. I am also an elected committee member of the South and West Wales BABCP Branch.
I offer individual CBT sessions to both adults and those under 18 (and their families), the number of which will depend on the difficulty/ies you would like help with. On average, this is normally between 8 and 20 weekly sessions lasting 60 minutes (although sometimes sessions can be longer if needed).
CBT is mainly concerned with how you think and act now, in the present, rather than exploring and focusing on your past in detail, which may be better addressed with a counselor, (although we may discuss some past issues in your assessment to get a better understanding of your current difficulties). In short, CBT looks at what is maintaining your current difficulties and understanding how it developed, rather than exploring in detail what may have contributed to your problem/s.
We will discuss your specific difficulties and set therapeutic goals for you to work through and towards during treatment. Together, we will decide what difficulties you want to work on in order to improve your situation with a view to continuing to use CBT techniques after your treatment ends.
Due to covid-19, all sessions are currently provided via video (Skype, Zoom or Whatsap) or by phone. The website will be updated when there is a change back to face to face as recommended by the Government and our governing body (the BABCP). Following this, the majority of CBT treatment provided will be face to face, and on occasions I can also offer sessions at home - this will be frequently reviewed. I also offer a free follow-up appointment to check progress and to aid in the overcoming of any barriers that may prevent you putting into practice what you have learned during our time together.