Gemma Grainger

The key to counselling and psychotherapy is that it is a space that is your own; one that is empathic, safe and non-judgemental. I will listen to you.

Gemma Grainger

Gemma Grainger is an Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist trained at the University of East London

No problem or feeling is unimportant

My sessions are open to anyone who feels that they might need someone to listen, even just for a few hours – no problem or feeling is unimportant.

​Therapy shouldn’t be something that is scary, it is not a luxury and it should be accessible. The key to counselling and psychotherapy is that it is a space that is your own; one that is empathic, safe and non-judgemental. I will listen to you.

The goal

Being a human is a complex and difficult task.

We are all full of conflicting thoughts, feelings and actions at the best of times and when something happens in life – it can be big or small – but it can throw us even further into confusion or feelings we might not be able to put our finger on.

​I am a qualified psychotherapist and a fellow human being, and I offer a safe place for you to come and talk things through, or just be.

Together we can work towards making the trials of life a bit easier for you.

Collaborative and Dynamic Therapy

The therapy I provide is collaborative and dynamic.

The training I received from the University of East London was based on an integrative approach, meaning that it did not focus on one style or technique, it combined all modalities. This means that my understanding of psychotherapy is flexible and broad.

Every person is an individual who responds and works better in certain ways, and so my task is to find the style which works best for us both together based on your individuality.

What is my therapeutic style and how did I find it?

My style leans towards a person-centred/humanistic approach, which puts you, the client in the focus.

Unlike other (psychodynamic) therapists, I don’t focus as strongly on childhood.

I tend to find from experience that the past often has an impact on the here and now, so I do value its importance.

Likewise, although I do not usually practice CBT, I recognise the value of coping mechanisms and so if this is for you I will try and accommodate some solution-focused direction.

The key to my style is listening to what you want and need from therapy, and we go from there.

About Me

How are therapy sessions held?

Online Therapy, In Person Therapy

Gemma Grainger Training and Qualifications

My training from UEL was based on an integrative approach, meaning that it did not focus on one style or technique, it combined all modalities, therefore my understanding of psychotherapy is flexible and broad.

Everyone works better in specific ways, so my task is to find the style that works best for us both based on your individuality.

​All sessions take place in conjunction with the BACP ethical framework.

  • Counselling and Psychotherapy Postgraduate Diploma from the University of East London, a BACP-approved course. (since 2016)
  • Registered member of BACP, currently pursuing accreditation.
  • 3 years experience as part of City and East London Bereavement Service in Tower Hamlets
  • Consistently pursuing further education, courses and workshops in counselling and related CPD activities.

Therapies offered by Gemma Grainger

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Humanistic Therapies, Psychoanalysis, Behavioural Therapy, Integrative, Mindfulness

Fees

Individual session: £65.00 to £85.00

For block bookings of 6 or more, I can offer a discount.

I do have a few slots for reduced rates, please email to enquire.

I offer low-cost sessions to those who really need them, so please do reach out if you think you might be suitable.

How therapy is delivered

Online Therapy, In Person Therapy

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Further Information about Gemma Grainger

Further information about Gemma Grainger

My sessions are open to anyone who feels that they might need someone to listen, even just for a few hours – no problem or feeling is unimportant.

​Therapy shouldn’t be something that is scary, it is not a luxury and it should be accessible.

The key to counselling and psychotherapy is that it is a space that is your own; one that is empathic, safe and non-judgemental.

I will listen to you.

My Therapy Beliefs and My Training

The therapy I provide is collaborative and dynamic.

The training I received from the University of East London was based on an integrative approach, meaning that it did not focus on one style or technique, it combined all modalities.

This means that my understanding of psychotherapy is flexible and broad.

Every person is an individual who responds and works better in certain ways, and so my task is to find the style which works best for us both together based on your individuality.

What is my therapeutic style and how did I find it?

My style leans towards a person-centred/humanistic approach, which puts you, the client in the focus.

Unlike other (psychodynamic) therapists, I don’t focus as strongly on childhood.

However, I tend to find from experience that the past often has an impact on the here and now, so I do value its importance.

Likewise, although I do not usually practice CBT, I recognise the value in coping mechanisms and so if this is for you I will try and accommodate for some solution-focused direction.

The key to my style is listening to what you want and need from therapy, and we go from there.

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Q and A with Gemma Grainger

What attracted you to become a therapist?

I think the attraction came after I realised I was kind of already doing it.

I have a strong memory of being sat in the car with my Mum one afternoon.

She always has worked in palliative, and end-of-life care and she drew my attention to the fact that I could be of real help to her and her team, and the lack of proper counselling offered to her patients and their families currently. Something clicked that day.

I think like many other therapists, we’ve always been therapists to our friends and families, and now we have the training.

Where did you train?

I did my Psychology undergraduate degree at Cardiff university, and then I trained at University of East London on their counselling and psychotherapy course. It was an integrative course and I really recommend it for the process and great tutors.

Can you tell us about the type of therapy you practise?

I chose my studies really carefully to avoid narrowing my choices. I also know where my weaker areas for studying lie- in Biology for example, so was careful to avoid a heavily biological-based approach when training.

People are so individual, and different methods appeal to different people. Not only that, the same person can appreciate and grow from different methods at different times in their lives, and different issues that they present.

Together, with my client, we identify the focus and how we can help make that better, An integrative approach means we can go more solution-focused if we need to, or we can explore elements from their past in a more exploratory way if we think that that will be helpful.

It’s a dynamic and collaborative approach, but it all stems from listening to what is going on for my client in the present.

How does integrative therapy help with symptoms of anxiety?

As an integrative therapist, it is very easy to default to a CBT focus when starting to work with a client who experiences anxiety.

From my experience, allowing them the space to air their anxieties, be heard, acknowledge and accept them, learn about the normal and maladaptive elements, where they might originate in their lifeline, and then continue to talk about this ongoing process is actually the most helpful thing they can do.

Often I will offer some more CBT-focused exercises or ways of talking about their anxiety, but generally, I find that the talking process alone does a lot of healing.

What sort of people do you usually see?

Being a young female therapist I do often see people within my own demographic.

I also interestingly see a lot of 30-45-year-old male clients. With both groups, the main themes emerging surround identity and understanding themselves and their place in the world. Confidence is a huge recurring theme too.

What do you like about being a therapist?

I love the interaction with all the different types of people. I love building relationships and watching them evolve. I love the moments when you realise a connection has been formed and I can start to challenge more confidently and relaxedly.

I also do treasure the moments when a client discloses something they say they have never told anyone else. That really does feel special.

What is less pleasant?

That the relationships don’t go beyond the therapy hour and the therapy room. Often an email or text between sessions will indicate the connection beyond the restrictions, and having to question every reply as to not break those boundaries can be tiresome and tricky.

​Do you ever suggest books or apps to clients?

Headspace and Calm I often refer to.

Usually, I refer to psychological researchers for the client to Google rather than books, and sometimes I will find summaries of their theories to send on if I think it can be helpful. I recently sent the Ainsworth Attachment Theory to a client, that’s a commonly useful one.

What do you do for your own mental health?

Other than my own personal therapy, I use Calm to help me sleep, I exercise a few times a week, and I go for walks.

My favourite new thing at the moment is taking a flask of tea and riding the bus through London- that’s very therapeutic.

You are a therapist in Shoreditch, London. What can you share with us about seeing clients in that area?

Shoreditch is full of new dynamic companies, there are a lot of co-working spaces like WeWork and they tend to be flexible with their working hours, often they will offer a well-being scheme so it is actually encouraged that their employees take a break and come to therapy.

There are a lot of creative people here and a lot of tech here, and that impacts the types of clients I will often fill my days seeing.

What’s your consultation room like?

I have a few, but all are well-furnished and inviting.

One building has a waiting room as there are 11 therapy rooms here, which is great for having some sort of social element as I get to interact with lots of other therapists.

What do you wish people knew about therapy?

I wish people didn’t think that you had to have a ‘big problem’ to come to therapy. It is actually really worth spending some money and time to just talk for 50 minutes and be properly heard. When else do we truly get that?

What did you learn about yourself in therapy?

I am constantly learning about myself and don’t suppose that will ever stop.

I have learnt to be proud of my achievements, and I have learnt that sometimes I need to consider some of my behaviours more deeply than I am allowing myself to.

Languages spoken by Gemma Grainger

English

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‘Gemma is very approachable, attentive and insightful. She made me feel completely at ease and had some very thoughtful thoughts on my situation. Would highly recommend!​’

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Member Organisations and Accreditations

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Location

Ongea, Unit B, Willen House
8 – 26 Bath Street
London
England
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