Polly Plowman MBACP, UKCP

Polly Plowman MBACP, UKCP

71 South Street
CO11 1DT

01206393104 / 07792986403

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71 South Street
CO11 1DT

01206393104 / 07792986403

About me

I think people are always the experts on themselves (having had a lifetime of experience of being who they are), but they can’t always recognise their own expertise. My job is to learn about them and then respond as clearly and candidly as I can, to show how their strategy for living looks from the outside. Then we can talk about how those viewpoints fit together, and what new approaches can be created from that.

For this process to be fruitful and creative, we both have to be involved, so I can’t hide behind a professional persona.  I don’t just listen, and it’s crucial that I freely offer my opinions from time to time.  I attempt to be as real as I can. I often make intuitive decisions in relating – but I rely on getting as much feedback from you as I give, so we can stay in touch with each other as much as possible throughout the process. In this way we build a relationship together not for the purpose of friendship, nor to offer ‘tea and sympathy’, but in order to get clearer about how you make sense of your world and tackle life’s inevitable challenges.

I normally suggest an initial meeting to explore the issues that may have led you to consider some counselling/therapy sessions, and if that seems fruitful then we can have a further 4 or 5 sessions before reviewing how the work is going. Some people find that this is then enough and choose to end at this point, while others decide to continue for a longer period agreed by both of us, reviewed periodically together.

I usually offer weekly one hour sessions to individuals and couples and I work from dedicated premises attached to my home in Manningtree, Essex. Unfortunately, this is an old cottage and access to it is not wheelchair friendly, due to a number of steps.

Training, qualifications & experience

After in initial exploration of humanistic approaches during the early 1980's I then trained in Psychosynthesis counselling and psychotherapy, which has formed the basis of my style ever since. However, my work has been strongly influenced by other therapeutic modalities among which I could name Gestalt, existential therapy, Eriksonian hypnotherapy, cognitive approaches, short-term solution-focussed, and Ken Wilber's integral therapy.

As a result I am these days more and more convinced that it is through depth of meeting together, as humans struggling to make sense of our lives and to live as well as we can, that the most useful therapeutic work is done. This is why I do expect to involve myself in your sessions and fully participate in relating to you in the work together.

If you want to learn more about my additional work as a supervisor of other therapists or my experience as a teacher of Psychosynthesis both in England and in Sweden, go to www.plowmanpsychotherapy.co.uk.

Main qualifications:
BA (hons) 1997; Cert Ed 1976
Dip Psychosynthesis Counselling 1987
Cert Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy 1991
UKCP registered since 1993
Cert Supervision 1995
BACP Supervisor Accreditation 2001
BACP Senior Supervisor Accreditation 2008
European Certificate of Psychotherapy 2007

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

While I do have experience and training in working with specific psychological problems, my general approach to therapy tends towards seeking the meaning in the 'symptom' and discovering what function it may be serving in the sufferer's life, with less emphasis on its label. This is like tracing the taproot of the problem rather than spraying weedkiller on the leaves. This approach has two fundamental advantages: it can take us to depths in the personality where untapped resources for self-healing lie side by side with the pain, and at the same time, the discovery that there may be a logic to one's own previously baffling behaviour is a real confidence booster in itself.
In this way, whatever the symptom is, the search for a cure can turn into a journey of self-discovery - and a more enriching life reveals itself en route.

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Counselling + Psychotherapy: £52 per one-hour session
Couples-counselling: £55 per one-hour session

Clinical supervision + consultancy: £52 per hour
Groupwork + training: fees negotiable

Sessions longer than one hour are in principle charged pro rata per 15 minutes; I normally ask for 48 hours notice of cancellation, though if possible I will reschedule appointments within the same week.

Further information

My website has more information about me and if you're thinking about contacting me it probably would be helpful to take a look at it too: www. plowmanpsychotherapy.co.uk

I also offer clinical supervision to other counsellors and psychotherapists - and indeed to other professionals who are interested in developing their understanding of the emotional and relationship aspects of their work. In this capacity I have worked with teachers, police personnel, probation officers, acupuncturists, nutritionists, nurses and others.

Maps & Directions

Manningtree, CO11 1DT

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


9am to 6.30pm, Monday - Friday

Types of client

Older adults

Supervision & training

Cert Supervision 1995.

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