Dr Gemma Allison
Specialist Clinical Psychologist
B.Sc(Hons), DClinPsy, PGDip CAT, HCPC Registered, ACAT accredited.
Dr Gemma Allison is a highly specialist clinical psychologist, with eight years experience working in the NHS. Gemma has worked in a variety of settings including community adult and adolescent mental health, before specialising in working with clients who have experienced a first episode of psychosis. She continues to work for the NHS in an Early Intervention in Psychosis service, and is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.
Gemma's training has provided her with the ability to use a range of therapeutic models, and additional training has provided her with specialist knowledge and practice of cognitive analytic therapy (CAT). She is a qualified CAT practitioner accredited by the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy.
Her approach is based on an individual assessment and understanding of someone's presenting difficulties which often requires an integrative approach. In using a integrative approach a range of therapeutic models (e.g. cognitive behavioural, systemic, narrative) and psychological theory may be drawn upon.
Gemma is skilled in working with clients to address a range of psychological difficulties, ranging from mild to severe. These include anxiety, OCD, phobias, panic, stress, depression, personality disorder, self-harm, interpersonal/relationship difficulties, self-esteem issues, anger, eating disorders, traumatic experiences, abuse, psychosis and bipolar affective disorder.
She believes in working collaboratively with clients within a time limited framework addressing an agreed focus in therapy. Gemma works with individuals from adolescents to adults and with families.
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