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Tweens & Teens

Services in the Costa del Sol

Here you will find a list of services relating to healthcare, therapies and education. We are currently developing this section so pelase do get in contact if you have any recommendations for services for tweens and teens in and around the Costa del Sol.

  • Gemma Wood Person Centred Counsellor

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    Gemma is a fully qualified Person–Centred Counsellor that has over 17 years experience, both personally and professionally, within the field of Mental Health, Addictions and Eating Disorders. Gemma also has vast experience working with all age groups, including children and adolescents. Since qualifying, Gemma has furthered her training to specialise in Eating Disorders, Trauma and Anxiety disorders.  Currently she is training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and offers a multi skilled approach, combining a number of therapeutic models (CBT, EFT, Sedona Method, RPT and Healing) to facilitate a tailored treatment plan for each individual’s needs. Gemma is a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and abides by their ethical framework and guidelines.

    The Person-Centred theory was developed by Carl Rogers in 1940’s. It is a humanistic approach that works with each client’s individual experiences (the view through their eyes), combined with the belief that the client holds their own answers, but may need help to reach them.

    Gemma is also Head of the Counselling & Psychotherapy Cortijo Care, an exclusive and luxury Psychological Wellbeing Clinic offering a unique, holistic and therapeutic approach to Alcohol and Substance Abuse, Eating Disorders and General Psychiatry. Set in 6,800 metres of beautiful parkland, Cortijo Care is just a 5 minute flat walk to the beach, offering a setting of complete privacy, safety and serenity. Cortijo Care is supported by a multi skilled and multi disciplinary team who offer an individualised approach to care delivery for in-patient, day patient and out-patient services.

    Gemma specializes in Eating Disorders , Addictions (Drug & Alcohol), Psychosis, Personality Disorders, Depression, Anxiety, Obsessional Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Self-Harm Abuse (of all kinds), Trauma & Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Loss & Bereavement, Low Self-Esteem, Phobias, Marital Issues/ Family Issues, Stress, Pain therapy, Physical Illnesses, 
    Tel: +34 650678707

    "As a mother I always wanted to give the best care I could to love, guide, & protect my children but when I realised my daughter was so unwell & I couldn't help her I was very frightened & anxious. I asked at my medical clinic & was introduced to Gemma. Very quickly my daughter was assessed & it was a great relief. Even though at times I did not understand my daughter, Gemma explained the care, but also with a balance of maintaining confidentiality between her & my daughter to gain my daughters trust. At times situations seem to go around in circles, Gemma explains why & that feeling of relief & clarity & reassurance happens again. Having a daughter with an eating disorder is so painful but Gemma has supported, guided, explained & helped my daughter, me & my family. Having a family member with an eating disorder affects all the family & often the whole family needs to repair & rebuild. An eating disorder is said to be a journey, maybe on a horse and at times it feels like you are watching your daughter being dragged but if you get help to be lifted up into the saddle or into a carriage it makes a difference. It makes a huge difference. I would say it’s between injury & falling off completely & ideally enjoying the ride." (anon, May 2013)

  • ArborBridge Tutoring Service

    Recommended by Anastasia V

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    ArborBridge prepares students anywhere in the world for U.S. college admissions success by guiding them to their highest possible SAT, ACT, and SAT Subject tests scores. ArborBridge has perfected the live, online tutoring experience, allowing students anywhere in the world to receive the highest quality test preparation and training. All programs are fully personalized based on a student's diagnostic exam and built to provide the most efficient and effective test preparation possible.

    "I would like to express my deep gratitude to ArborBridge and their tutors for assisting in the most professional way my son, Daniel, to get prepared both academically and psychologically for the SAT 1 and SAT 2 examinations. Daniel’s tutors did the tremendous job in improving Daniel’s knowledge in all the subjects, as well as making him believe that he can do it. And he did it!" (AV, March 2015)