Writer, Researcher & Mentor for Women’s Spiritual Life
Gemma is a writer, researcher, truth-seeker and spiritual counsellor/mentor who specialises in women’s psychology and spirituality, helping women find meaning in life’s transitions, setbacks, challenges and opportunities.
Gemma has worked with individuals and couples for three decades, always bringing to her clients compassionate, well-researched and integrated approaches to human change. She’s a highly-skilled facilitator who aligns herself with her client’s own spiritual wisdom, helping them find personal answers, practical solutions and spiritual growth.
CURRENT PRACTICE: Gemma closed her busy city practice as a psychotherapist and no longer works psychotherapeutically with individuals or couples. She currently offers mentoring sessions to women wanting to develop, clarify or strengthen their spiritual life. Sessions are done via Skype or Zoom.
***Practice Update*** I only have a few spots available in my mentoring practice. Contact me if you’re interested.
WOMEN’S SPIRITUALITY & SOUL LIFE: Over the last decade, Gemma offered women’s retreats and workshops in Bali and Australia, focusing on women’s spiritual life and soul care. In 2010, she co-created the popular Facebook Page, The Soulful Woman, which provided posts, blogs and audio programs dedicated to women’s psychology and spirituality. This high-quality page received over 1.6 million LIKES worldwide. After a successful run of eight years, the page officially closed in June 2017. There may be other Facebook pages now using this name, but Gemma is not associated with them.
TOPICS OF INTEREST: Gemma writes and mentors on different spiritual and psychological topics including using one’s gifts in service to spiritual purpose, compassionate conflict resolution, menopause as a time of spiritual maturation, making meditation/prayer relevant to modern women, embracing spiritual growth during a dark night of the soul, developing spiritual discernment and safeguarding our spirituality, the benefits of spiritual retreat and holy travel, honouring the holy woman within, and returning to faith-based living. Although she no longer works as a psychotherapist, she maintains a small online mentoring practice for women wanting support for their spiritual lives.
WRITING: In 2002, Gemma published How to Get What You Want Without Losing It: A Woman’s Guide to Conflict Resolution (Random House). This practical guide has been updated and is now available under the title Resolving Your Conflicts with Power and Grace. In 2003-4, she wrote the weekly “Coaching Column” for The Age, one of Australian’s leading newspapers. In August 2016, she co-authored the Soulful Woman Guidance Cards, released by Blue Angel Publishing. Gemma also has a book on meditation for women called Meditate With Goddesses: A Guide to Healing and Awakening for Women. Her products are available on Amazon.
TRAINING/EDUCATION: During the 1990s, Gemma lived in the United States where she successfully completed a PhD in Social Psychology, specialising in conflict resolution. She also became certified as a coach from the Coaches Training Institute in San Raphael, California, as well as a psychotherapist inProcess Oriented Psychology and Somatic Psychotherapy. With a wealth of training, Gemma has a grounded and informed approach to her work.
WORKPLACE COACHING: In addition to her private practice consultancy, Gemma has worked for government departments as a communication coach, workplace trainer and senior management development facilitator.
PERSONAL RETREAT TIME Gemma takes a personal retreat each year to reflect on her life and spiritual path. She’s visited ancient, cultural and spiritual centres around the world including the Neolithic stone circles of the UK, shamanic tribes in the Peruvian Amazon, Mayan temples in Mexico, Hindu temples in Bali, Christian sites in Southern France, indigenous sacred sites in Australia and special nature sites around the world. She hopes to visit The Holy Land in the next few years. All these journeys have been an integral part of her spiritual exploration. Finally, she has come full circle and returned to the teachings of Christ.
COACHING/MENTORING SESSIONS: Gemma works with women committed to their spiritual life and emotional healing. Having counselled, coached and supervised people across a wide variety of topics over many years, she’s developed an approach that’s compassionate and sensitive.
HOME: Gemma resides on The Sunshine Coast, Australia. She can be reached via her Contact Page
FOLLOW her Facebook Page, dedicated to women’s psychology and spirituality: GemmaSummersPage