Gemma Redfern

Gemma Redfern
Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

Gemma Co-Ordinates two therapeutic services with in school settings and is a Pastoral tutor for a Child Psychotherapy training orgainsation in London. She had an established private practice in Hertfordshire within an Academy that provided alternative  provision to secondary aged pupils. She also has a private practice with TTC at Manor Gardens.  She worked for the Westminster Drug Project providing assessment and treatment of children and families where the presenting problems were either substance misuse or domestic abuse. Gemma has worked as a Child and Family Psychotherapist within a women and childrens refuge for the past four years as well as working for the last five years with an organisation that provides a play therapy service to schools.  Previous to this she specialised in early intervention and behaviour management, and worked with schools to help prevent permanent exclusions of children and adolescents. Before training as a child psychotherapist Gemma was a behaviour specialist and a montessori teacher.

Qualifications: Gemma has an MA in Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and Counselling. She is accredited by The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and The British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapist (BACP).

Specialisations: Child Psychotherapy, Adolescent Psychotherapy, Family Therapy, Domestic Abuse, Substance Misuse, Looked After Children.



As my son comes to the end of his therapy with Gemma, I know that we were very lucky to find her. I am deeply grateful that our paths crossed. We had not had any personal recommendation to go on, which is one reason why I wanted to write this recommendation. After several years of living abroad, I was concerned that my son would experience difficulties in adjusting to a new school in the UK, as he does not cope well with change. The years away from the UK had been difficult for him, he had never really settled in a different school system and he had been frequently in trouble at school. I contacted Therapeutic Consultants after surfing for ideas of ways to help him adjust to his new environment. I had no idea whether the therapy could help him, but I thought I should at least try something.

Gemma has not only helped my son to adjust to his new environment, championing his cause with us, his parents, and acting as an interpreter of his needs. She has done this but she has also done much more. I could not have imagined that his ability to reflect on his own conduct and its implications could mature and develop to such a radical degree. I am not really sure how she has done it, but it has been an extraordinary transformation.  He started off by being willing to speak to her and seemed to enjoy it, after a short time he was returning home much calmer after his session and after several months he really underwent a dramatic transformation in the way he saw situations of conflict at home and at school.  He has learned to exercise control and to choose when to take issue with other people and when to hold back. He is really reflective now whereas before he was reactive. Gemma has supported us all throughout this process, never judging us but always helping us to develop a better basis for our relationships. I am really glad that we underwent this process because it has put my son in a far stronger place to face his own future, to make his own decisions and to think about who he is and how he wants people to see him.

Parent of a 10 year old boy

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