Gemma transitioned to Bend in 1998 and began her career in the helping field. Upon her move to Bend, she worked for Bend Metro Parks and Recreation District providing therapeutic recreation activities for youth and adults with disabilities. Her love in the helping field led her to five years of employment as a Supported Educational Assistant for the Bend La-Pine School District. Gemma soon discovered that her passions in assisting youth in their learning and helping them to discover their strengths academically and emotionally was the path she wished to pursue further.
In 2002 she attended The Leadership Institute of Seattle/Bastyr University and obtained her Master’s in Marriage and Family Counseling. Upon completion of her internship with Deschutes County Child Welfare, where she counseled and assisted with the reconciliation process for families she began her career in private practice.
Gemma has been providing therapeutic services for adults, youth, couples and families for the past 15 years. More recently her work has been focused on youth and family counseling, providing services in Residential Treatment Programs for the past 10 years. She recently transitioned from The Academy at Sisters where she had been providing therapeutic services to individual youth ages 14 to 18 and families, while also facilitating process and psychoeducational groups.
Gemma believes that the therapeutic relationship is of utmost importance when working with individuals, couples and families. She highly values bringing forth her authentic self and creating an environment in which her client’s feel safe and respected and that their stories are held in confidence. She believes in a holistic approach and advocates for collaboration between herself and other professionals who work with health, wellness, education and so forth (acupuncturist, doctors, nutritionist, teachers, family advocate programs,) in her client’s lives in an effort to provide a sense of well-being, balance and whole-body health.
Her underlying approach is to help facilitate growth, change and awareness in her client’s lives though application of treatment modalities including, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Family Systems Theory, Relational Therapy, Strengths Based Learning and Mindfulness techniques.
Her goal as a therapist is to provide safety and nurturing that will allow her clients to find a greater sense of belonging, self-love and peace.
On a personal note, Gemma is married with two young boys. She and her family can typically be found adventuring in the great outdoors exploring the lakes, mountains and trails.
Gemma is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and provides counseling to Adolescents, Adults, Couples and Families. She looks forward to helping and supporting you on your path to healing and discovery.