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Get to know Gemma in our Q & A below! What are your main hobbies? I love reading graphic novels, comics and I am obsessed with the Marvel and DC Universe. Obsessed! I also like collecting the statutes of them as well. I have like a whole cabinet full of geeky statues. I love reading […]

Gemma Birch

Gemma can see you in Liverpool, or online for £36 per hour.

Gemma is a BACP accredited psychotherapist who helps her clients reflect on their difficulties. No issue is deemed too trivial. A qualified Mental Health First Aider, Gemma believes mental health is just as important as physical health and that each individual brings a different experience and understanding of the world. Book a one hour counselling session delivered in person, online or by text now for just £36. All of our therapists are CRB checked.

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Get to know Gemma in our Q & A below!

What are your main hobbies?

I love reading graphic novels, comics and I am obsessed with the Marvel and DC Universe. Obsessed! I also like collecting the statutes of them as well. I have like a whole cabinet full of geeky statues.

I love reading graphic novels, comics and I am obsessed with the Marvel and DC Universe. Obsessed! I also like collecting the statutes of them as well. I have like a whole cabinet full of geeky statues.

I like attending Comic Cons, and swimming is a huge passion of mine as well. I just automatically relax when I go into swimming.

What kind of television, films, and music do you enjoy?

I usually like thrillers or a graphic novel. And I also have to have a self-help book on the way because I’m always trying to develop myself. Something like Eckhart Tolle. Susan Jeffers’ Feel the fear and do it anyway – that’s been a massive help of mine. And Jon Kabat-Zinn – he really got me into mindfulness. They are like the main three that speak out to me.

For films it’s anything super-hero and that’s pretty much it. Or Sci-Fi and anything fantasy.Game of Thrones I just love.

What do you do to stay well?

I have to make sure that I write a list first thing in the morning of everything that I need to do. But part of that list, 30 minutes or something that I need to do myself.

I have to have self-care every day. No matter how busy life can get 30 minutes of that day is for me. So that could be a bath, it could be an X Box gaming session. You know I just might need that to calm down or switch off.    

What is your favourite place?

I’m lucky, I’ve been all over the place but I absolutely love Sorrento.

I went to sort of get out of my comfort zone, because I’m a twin and I’m not very independent. I have to be around people all the time. So I travelled the Amalfi Coast on my own which was really hard and I didn’t feel calm until I got to Sorrento. And I just sat on a bench and did some mindfulness there and it just got such a special place in my heart.

What would you say are the main issues young people are facing today?

Anxiety is a huge one in young people, because I see it as like depression is thinking about the past, anxiety is worrying about the future and when you’re young the future can be so unclear. Sometimes it’s a blank canvas and that can just scare the hell out of people. So anxiety and fear of the unknown is a huge one. But it’s just about being in control, you can feel out of control if you have a blank canvas but you’re also in control. Like I believe if you can think it you can create it and have the life that you want. You just need to get out there and put it into action.  

Basically, therapy can be just a listening ear but also a chance for you to explore. It’s an hour just for yourself to answer your own questions, because I believe that you are the expert on you but sometimes just a little bit of help and guidance can make you understand yourself a little bit more.

What would you say are your personal approaches? What kind of psychotherapist are you?

I feel like I specialise in eating disorders just because I came across that through client work being at the gym, it’s quite common. I’ve worked a lot with schizophrenia and that is very challenging because you know they can’t understand their minds, so to help them understand their minds can be very challenging – but I like a challenge.  

If a young person was nervous about starting therapy, what would you say to them?

I’d just say it is a very brave thing to do, to talk about your mental health with a stranger. They’re a friendly stranger but ultimately doing so, you’re putting yourself first and your self-care first and that is not only going to help you in the current moment but it’s going to hep you in your future.

You’ll always, in moments of your life, think about your therapy session and apply it to everything and knowing that you’re not alone is going to take a whole weight of your mind.

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