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 Therapist with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). I have been working in the field of mental health within the NHS for over ten years and I have been privileged throughout my work in CBT, to not only work as a therapist but also a supervisor, tutor and CBT lecturer.
My close connections at a young age with mental health, means that I have been interested in the human mind and peoples experiences for many years before deciding to be a therapist. This lead me into my first professional role in mental health (many years ago!) for the charity Mind, where I worked as a mentor for young people experiencing depression in inner-city London. Following this, I worked with young offenders with severe and enduring mental health disorders on an in-patient unit. It was here as a support worker that I saw the benefit in using art and other creative methods.
I started the CBT Practice in Swansea five years ago, after moving to this beautiful part of the world from a very busy London. I decided to concentrate on this solely, following my last post in NHS Wales as a CBT Therapist within Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. This follows many years of working within primary care services within NHS England as both a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner and as a High Intensity CBT Therapist for IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies). Here, I had experience in treating adults with a wide range of complex difficulties including depression and various anxiety presentations. Within this role, I was the lead therapist for Long Term Conditions, with my particular interest in the management of individuals with diagnoses of COPD and Diabetes.
Alongside my current private practice, I continue to work for the University of Cardiff as a lecturer, tutor and supervisor on the Cognitive and Behaviour Therapies Post Graduate Certificate and Diploma Courses. I am also a casual Lecturer in CBT at the University of South Wales. This allows me to be involved in the teaching and support of mental health professionals interested in working with CBT and progressing to become the next generation of CBT therapists. This also translates to my role in communications as an elected committee member of the South and West Wales BABCP Branch and as a member of CBT4Wales, enabling me to be a active in shaping the future development and promotion of high quality CBT within Wales and our local area. I am also an editorial board member of the Journal of Psychology and Behavioural Therapy.
My approach is informal, friendly and relaxed, offering a safe and non-judgmental space to explore and think about helpful strategies of change together.