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Gemma Krier-Mead

Gemma Krier-Mead

Counsellor in Kingston Upon Thames

Welcome to my Therapy page. I'm a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, Mindfulness Practitioner (Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy) and a registered Mental Health Nurse. I am a registered with the BACP, a member of BABCP and licenced for practice with the NMC. I have over 14 years of qualified clinical experience behind me and I have supported many people, young and older to overcome a wide range of mental health conditions and emotional problems, within the NHS, private practice, education, forensics and the voluntary sector.

I believe that everyone, with the right kind of support, has the potential to master their life struggles or mental health problems, despite what a person is facing or how they may be feeling. For me this is important, having this belief for a person to live a happier and meaningful life, especially so when a person feels like they have lost their hope and confidence.

I am the founder of therapywithpromise.com and I offer therapy with face to face appointments, skype or facetime, phone or with secure instant messaging.

I practice in a Private Therapy Practice in central Kingston Upon Thames and central London.

Background & Qualifications

My professional journey began in 2003, in acute in-patient hospitals supporting people with mental health and drug/alcohol problems, then moving to the NHS working in the community as a senior clinician in mental health teams, providing individual psychological interventions, group therapy and workshops. I spent many years as a Professional Lead and Senior Clinician, working in managerial and advisory roles alongside private therapy practice. I went on to practice as a CBT Therapist and Forensic Practitioner for the London Courts providing therapy for people, producing mental health assessments for Judges and writing pre-sentence reports. I have worked as a Senior Practitioner Trainer and Therapist, designing and teaching CBT to support people and their loved ones to overcome a range of mental health conditions.

Alongside my private practice in Kingston & central London, I also work in a London University supporting students with their mental health problems and people on the Autistic Spectrum and those with Asperger's. Coupled with this I consult to a Psychology practice in the City of London.

Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy with Merit
London Metropolitan University
Oct 2006 - May 2007

Certificate in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy
London Meditation Centre
April- July 2012

BSc (Hons) Degree Mental Health Nursing (RMN) with 1st Class Honours
London South Bank University
Sep 2000 - June 2003

Diploma in Teaching, Supervision, Mentorship & Assessment in Clinical Practice with Distinction
Sep 2003 - July 2004

BA (Hons) Degree Fine Art, Photography & History of Art with 2:1 Honours
De Mont Fort University

Additional Professional Development Training

CBT for Worry & Clinical Perfectionism, Undercover Strengths and Build Resilience with CBT, Clinical Reflection & Supervision, Overcoming Depression, Mastering Psychosis - living with and beyond voices and unusual experiences, Teaching clients Mindfulness Skills, Motivational Interviewing, Deaf Awareness & Sign Language Training, Recovery Training for Trainers, CBT for Anger & Irritability, Emergency Life Support, Mental Health Act Capacity Training, Safe Guarding Children & Adults, Beating Worry & Procrastination, Care Programme Approach (CPA), Solution focused Therapy, Emotional Regulation and understanding Self-Harm, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).



My Specialisms

I have extensive experience of supporting people, (including people under the age of 18 years - with no upper age limit), to overcome and master a range of mental health difficulties and emotional problems including, depression, anxiety, phobias, social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, worry and perfectionism, anger and aggression, psychosis, personality disorders, self-harm, relationship problems, low self-esteem, drug and alcohol and work or life stress.


Approach to Therapy & How I Work

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Helps you change the way that you feel, through making changes with how you think and your behaviour. Let's give an example, if a person feels really down or anxious, it's not that their thinking is wrong or bad, but it's likely that the person experiences very critical, worrying or negative thoughts. This in turn affects the way that they feel and what they feel able to do. I would help you find ways of thinking about yourself differently, supporting you to develop more balanced thinking. We all see the world through our own eyes, based partly on our past experiences. If our beliefs about ourselves as a person are not so good, then this can darken our view of the world, like putting on a pair of dark glasses. But it doesn't have to be this way, as you can learn to develop more positive beliefs. Often our problems get stronger because of the things we do, or don't do perhaps. Making sense of this and trying out new things gives you the chance to make real changes in your life and feel happier. CBT isn't a complicated kind of therapy and many people have found it so helpful for their recovery.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

Has its roots in the far East, from ancient Buddhist practice; but you don't have to be a Buddhist or even have any beliefs to practice being Mindful. Mindfulness helps you to stay in the present moment and to accept yourself for who you are without criticism or judgment. Our minds can be filled with so much worry or anxious thinking or perhaps we feel stuck in the past, beating ourselves up with what could have been or what we should have done. You may find that you are really battling with your thoughts, or trying to push them away. In the end, this can make us feel much worse. It's as if our mind really does have a mind of its own. Before we know it, we can be left feeling so down, upset or angry, without truly understanding how we got to feel this way. Using a Cognitive Mindfulness approach you can learn ways to become mindful in your own life, from practicing different meditations and breath techniques, to learning more about the way that you think and feel. You will discover that you can slow your mind down and give yourself the chance to step aside from these loops of thinking. In doing so you give yourself the space to think about things differently and feel different.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Is based on the idea that trying to avoid negative feelings only makes things worse. If we can learn to accept these feelings, we can free ourselves from emotional pain. Accepting doesn't mean giving up, it means living life in the direction of who we want to be, what & who is important to us. It's about commitment to action & not getting stuck!







Therapies & Rates

Please note the rates detailed below are there to give you an idea of the therapists standard rates, we strongly advise you contact the therapist for more detailed rates and any offers they may have.

Therapy Appointment Type Rate
Psychotherapy In Person £80 per 55 minutes
Psychotherapy Online/Telephone £70 per 55 minutes
Counselling In Person £80 per 55 minutes
Counselling Online/Telephone £70 per 55 minutes
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy In Person £80 per 55 minutes
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Online/Telephone £70 per 55 minutes
Mindfulness In Person £80 per 55 minutes
Mindfulness Online/Telephone £70 per 55 minutes

Additional Rate Information

I also offer Therapy with Instant Secure Messaging and Skype, this can be helpful if it's difficult to travel to appointments. For Instant Secure Messaging you don't need to have any kind of special software, you can get in touch with me directly at www.therapywithpromise.com Each session can last for up to an hour, the fee is £60. How soon would I be able to see you? I will get in touch with you on the same day that you contact me. I am usually able to offer people their first appointment within the week. I would be able to see you during the weekdays and evenings and over the weekends and evenings. I also offer workshops and courses on overcoming Anxiety, Depression, Bi-polar, Psychosis, Mental Health Awareness and Mindfulness. Anyone is welcome, whether you are experiencing these difficulties yourself or you care about and support someone whom is. I believe that therapy should be affordable for everyone, so I am able to offer a reduced fee for students, people on a lower income or those whom are receiving benefits.