Penny Wicks Registered MBACP and Accredited NCS Integrative Counsellor

Penny Wicks Registered MBACP and Accredited NCS Integrative Counsellor

The Phoenix Centre
Central Avenue
Sittingbourne
ME10 4AW

Faversham
Kent
ME13

07749 254638

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The Phoenix Centre
Central Avenue
Sittingbourne
ME10 4AW

Faversham
Kent
ME13

07749 254638

About me

Welcome, my name is Penny Wicks and I am a qualified professional counsellor offering counselling to individuals, couples, families and adolescents.

I am also about to start my training as a counselling supervisor. Anyone looking for supervision I would be more than happy to discuss your requirements and offer supervisees a reduced rate.  

My practice in Sittingbourne is centrally located at the Phoenix Centre, with parking and within 5 minutes of the train station.
My practice in Faversham is located 5 minutes from Faversham town centre and 2 minutes from the train station.

General information

My aim is to provide a 'safe' and confidential space where you can explore any difficulties you are experiencing or have experienced in the past. In my counselling I will listen to you and work with you to find the best ways to understand and resolve your difficulties. Through counselling you can develop a sense of acceptance of who you are and come to terms with life events.


In this world there are many different types of experiences that are difficult for us to cope with. Most of the time we just get on with life, but sometimes we are just stopped in our tracks by an event that we do not have the resources to sort it out. At this time counselling is really helpful as it gives us the opportunity to be heard, taken seriously, understood and not to be judged in any way.

Couple Counselling

In relationships people often get locked in repititive patterns which seem difficult to break, through counselling you can begin to understand the patterns, develop an awareness of how to recognise them and try more effective ways of communicating with one another.

Individual Counselling

I can offer counselling to adults, and trainee counsellors. Through counselling I aim to give you renewed energy and coping strategies to get on with your life in a more productive way.

I have a wealth of experience of working with anxiety, depression, stress, breavement and relationship issues.   I also work for a local IAPT service which provides counselling for the NHS. I am able to work with you for either a fixed number of sessions or open ended.

Adolescents and children

Research indicates that mental health difficulties start in early life and that 50 per cent of lifetime mental illness starts by the age of 14. Statistically a mere 30 per cent receive any sort of intervention which means the remaining 70 per cent struggle with their emotional turmoil to adulthood and face a lifetime of depression and anxiety. By helping children and adolescents having thoughtful and reflective conversations about their life experiences can help them to overcome their difficulties and experience a more positive outlook on life.

I have over 30 years experience of working with children and adolescents in secondary schools, the NHS and private practice. When working with this age group they often do not have the vocabulary to express their feelings so I utiise the arts; scenarios and music to help them to talk about what is happening to them.

Please feel free to call me or email me if you have any questions or require further information about myself or my counselling practice. I am more than happy to discuss any concerns you may have regarding counselling.

Training, qualifications & experience

Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling

Advanced Certificate in Careers Education and Guidance

B.Ed (Hons).

I am a member of the BACP and adhere to the Ethical Framework.

I hold a fully enhanced CRB check. (Updated June 2012).

Recent training includes:
CBT and imagery BABCP November 2016

Behavioural Activation for Adolescents BABCP October 2016

Post graduate certificate in Couple Work
(Metanoia Institute) March - July 2013

Training in Child Sexual Abuse and Rape
(East Kent Rape Line)

Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
(University of Kent)

One day courses and conferences:

Working with rage and anger in teenagers and children
(The Centre for Child Mental Health, London)

The use of arts in therapy
(The Centre for Child Mental Health, London)

Conference on attachment, separation and loss
(The Centre for Child Mental Health, London)

The Frightened, Anxious, Worried Child
(The Centre for Child Mental Health, London)

Conference on Self Harm
(British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy)

Personality Adaptations
(The Link Centre, East Sussex)

EMDR
(Tunbridge Wells Counselling Centre)

Member organisations

BACP

Accredited register membership

Fees


  • Individuals - £35 per 50 minute session
  • Couples - £50 per 60 minute session
  • Children and Adolescents - £40 per 50 minute session
  • Trainee counsellors £30 per 50 minute session
  • Supervisees currently at £30 (while I am training)
  • EAP work accepted and fees available on request
  • Insurance work accepted

DISCOUNT OPTIONS

YOU CAN PAY FOR 6 SESSIONS IN ADVANCE AND SAVE 10%
FOR INDIVIDUAL COUNSELLING - £189.00
FOR COUPLES COUNSELLING - £270



Reductions are available, I believe that counselling should be accessible, and will discuss financial circumstances on an individual basis.

Assessment - the first session is taken up with an assessment, and explaining the counselling on offer. I feel choosing the right counsellor is important and a personal choice, so during this session we can address any concerns and agree a way forward.

Further information


I am able to offer open ended counselling or short term counselling.

Frequently asked questions

  • I have never had couselling before and really nervous about contacting a counsellor

This is only natural, but you will be put at ease once you have taken the first step and make contact.

  • I am not happy leaving a message on the answer phone?

If you do not want to leave a message on the phone, then you can send an email to let me know the best time to contact you.

  • How many sessions will I need?

This is a personal choice made between the client and counsellor at the beginning. Some clients prefer to have open ended counselling with no fixed end and other clients will state that they would like a set number.

  • I don't want anyone to know I am having counselling.

That's fine, counselling is a confidential relationship between client and counsellor.

Maps & Directions

Sittingbourne, ME10 4AW
Faversham, ME13

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None

Availability

Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm Saturday 9am to 2pm Sunday on request

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

I am about to start my supervisor training and would very much like to offer supervision whilst I am in training.

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