Gemma Burns | Accredited Professional Counsellor | Plymouth | NCPS

Gemma Burns

Member Status: Accredited Professional

Member No: NCS17-05616

Location: Plymouth

I am a Humanistic Integrative Counsellor - this means I can be flexible in the way we approach our sessions. We can use Person Centred (talking therapy), CBT, sandplay or other creative ideas in our work together. Whatever suits your personality/needs.

Throughout the past twenty-one years as a teacher, Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) and as a counsellor, I have recognised the importance for every human being (no matter what their age) of having a ‘voice’. That we all seek to feel safe, to be noticed and validated as ourselves, to be enough just as we are, without being ‘perfect’ (whatever that is).

I believe that all of us are truly special. Some of us can feel it, know it and are reminded of it by people around us. Unfortunately, there are times when your uniqueness might have been (or is still being) ignored, squashed down, stifled or hidden, by yourself or others. Or that circumstances in your life feel too overwhelming and unmanageable.

I feel that through the relationship of counsellor and client we can work to notice or re-notice yourself. We might also find new ways of learning to cope with the pressures of life, or re-find old ways of supporting yourself that you have forgotten.

Key areas of experience: For the past ten years I have worked in a multi-agency way, supporting children and young people with special needs, including emotional and behavioural difficulties and the parents of these children/young people. I have counselled families where there has been a diagnosis of autism and/or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) for parent or child. I also work often with neurodiverse adults/adults with neurodiversity. At times we work as counsellor-client, and, at other times, we work within a 'coaching' framework. In this way of working, we try to find workable strategies to feel more authentic and comfortable within the world.

I have also worked with adults and children who have depression and anxiety and with bereavement and loss and have had lots of experience counselling professionals within the education sector. Outside of my private practice I am a Clinical Supervisor for staff within an organisation commissioned by the NHS.

The counselling space: Currently I work exclusively online or over the phone.

  • Qualifications & Experience
    Advanced Diploma in Integrative, Humanistic Counselling (MNCS Accred)., MA, Advanced Specialist Diploma in Creative Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), PGCE, PGCert Inclusive Education (SEN), LLB (Hons), Certificate in Counselling Level 2 and Level 3. Accredited Professional member of NCPS - PNCPS (Acc).
  • What I can help with
    • Abortion
    • Abuse – Emotional, Physical, Sexual
    • Addiction (e.g. Alcohol, Computer games, Drugs, Food, Gambling, Sex, Smoking)
    • Adolescence
    • Adoption
    • Ageing and related issues
    • AIDS / HIV
    • Anger Management
    • Anxiety
    • Assertiveness / Self-confidence / Self-esteem
    • Autistic Spectrum Disorders
    • Bereavement / Loss
    • Bullying
    • Cancer
    • Carers
    • Childbirth: fertility
    • Childbirth: pregnancy
    • Children / teenagers
    • Chronic fatigue syndrome / M.E.
    • Cultural issues
    • Depression
    • Disability
    • Divorce & Separation
    • Driving tests
    • Eating disorders
    • Emotional issues
    • Exams
    • Family
    • Financial difficulties
    • Gender identity
    • Generally unhappy with your life
    • IBS / Digestive Issues
    • Illness and dying
    • Immune system support
    • Job interviews
    • Mindfulness
    • Neurodiversity
    • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
    • Panic attacks
    • Parenting skills
    • Phobias
    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder / PTSD
    • Pregnancy related issues
    • Public speaking: stage fright
    • Relationships
    • Relaxation
    • Self-defeating behaviours
    • Self-esteem
    • Self-harm
    • Sexuality Identity
    • Shyness / Social Phobia
    • Sleep
    • Spirituality
    • Sporting performance
    • Start exercising
    • Stress
    • Suicidal feelings
    • Trauma
    • Violence / Victim support
    • Young people and children
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