The therapeutic relationship is at the heart Gonce’s way of working. She brings an empathic, attuned, respectful and sensitive approach to therapy sessions, using years of experience and knowledge to support a process of exploration, change and growth, and a reduction in distress and difficult to manage feelings and connected behaviour. Gonce integrates a range of theoretical and clinical perspectives to develop and support her, which include attachment theory, neuroscience, object relations, body oriented work and family systems theory. Gonce also holds a Masters degree in Anthropology, and understands therapeutic change to happen on a systemic as well as personal and individual level. Gonce works both individually with clients, and is also very comfortable supporting families and parents therapeutically. Alongside talking therapy, Gonce sometimes use play and the arts to help clients fully express themselves in a safe and creative way.
Gonce has worked with children and families for over 14 years. Since qualifying as a child and adolescent psychotherapist, she has worked in a variety of settings including statutory, voluntary and the private sector. Gonce has a busy private practice where she works extensively with children and young people, and young adults presenting with a range of emotional and behaviour difficulties, such as personality disorders, chronic anxiety, depression, suicidality, eating disorders, and self harm. As well as working at TTC, and in private practice, Gonce also specialises in working with adopted children, and families whose lives have been affected by developmental trauma, attachment difficulties and parental mental health. She is currently a consultant psychotherapist for a leading regional fostering and adoption agency, and a visiting supervisor to therapists training in child psychotherapy.
Gonce thrives on working with people from all cultures and backgrounds. Her special interests include issues such as displacement and belonging, separation and loss, intergenerational trauma, and body based psychotherapy. She is also a mandala artist, which brings together her passion for working creatively with nature, people and the community.
BSc Hons – English literature and Sociology, MA – Anthropology, PG Diploma – Therapeutic application of the arts, Certificate in counselling skills, MA – Integrative child Psychotherapy, Full UKCP registration , Full IATE Membership