Glenn Pennington M.A. UKCP (accredited). PG.Dip Couns, RMN
I am a qualified Psychotherapist/Counsellor and Supervisor accredited with the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). Practising for over 30 years my diverse clinical experience has culminated in specialist areas working with anxiety/GAD, trauma, phobias, panic attacks and addiction. I work with individuals and couples from South Suffolk and North Essex. I also provide Skype therapy for individuals within the UK and overseas.
I work with both woman and men and have a professional interest in working with men who may find the idea of counselling challenging either through preconceived ideas of counsellors and counselling or due to the content they wish to address* (See below at bottom of page: 'other areas').
Anxiety and Panic Attacks - There's no need to feel trapped and debilitated by anxiety, or to embark on long term Counselling/Psychotherapy. Anxiety responds excellently to a short term specialised psychotherapeutic approach that deals effectively with both the symptoms and the underlying cause.
Depression - Depression unlike a disease is defined by its symptoms rather than its cause. These symptoms typically include feelings of deep sadness, hopelessness, despondency, and a sense of being overwhelmed. Fortunately counselling can be extremely helpful, and by also understanding how the brain plays its part in depression you can use this knowledge to maximise the benefit of counselling and minimise the chance of relapse.
PTSD and Trauma - Post-traumatic stress disorder referred too as PTSD is a term used to describe a response to the exposure of a very stressful or traumatic event or an exceptionally shocking, threatening or catastrophic situation. Examples include being a victim of rape, childhood abuse, violent assault, serious accidents, natural disasters and exposure to a combat/war situation. PTSD is potentially a severe and long-term mental health condition affecting the sufferers quality of life in a multitude of ways.
Certain traumas sometimes referred to as ‘small t’ traumas result from experiences we have from childhood onwards that have left us feeling unsettled, upset or ill-at-ease within ourselves now manifesting as social awkwardness, lack of confidence, anxious or depressed… These traumas are likely rooted in particular life experiences which at the time felt anxious, humiliating, embarrassing, guilty or shameful… these feelings and the associated thoughts can remain unresolved, now leaving us with an emotional and psychological burden which can hinder our quality of life in an ongoing way.
If either PTSD or 'small T' trauma is something you are experiencing I am able to offer you help using a therapeutic approach called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing or EMDR. This is currently one of the most popular and effective therapies for PTSD and ‘small T’ trauma.
Addiction – Addiction counselling requires a therapist who has plenty of experience working specifically in the field of addiction. As a therapist with over 25 years of such experience I can assess you, provide counselling, and advise you if you require additional interventions such as a detoxification programme or a support network for example.
Couples Counselling – If you are in a relationship that you feel could benefit from counselling either individually or as a couple, I would be pleased to discuss with you how counselling can help.
Stress Free Living - I am currently running Meditation and Mindfulness groups twice a week in Sudbury Suffolk. These groups are open to all. If you are interested you will find further details on my website.
Training, qualifications & experience
Master of Arts (M.A.): Existential Psychotherapy
Post Graduate Diploma: Integrated Humanistic Counselling
Diploma: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Registered Nurse (RMN) (Mental Health)
Clinical Hypnosis (British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis) (BSCAH)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) (A Mindfulness Based Therapy)
Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy (REBT)
Mindfulness for pain control (Breathworks)
Anxiety Management (NHS)
Stress Management (NHS)
Benzodiazepine Dependancy (NHS)
Director of Clinical Services and Training (counselling)
25 years counselling clients with drug, alcohol, gambling and sex addiction.
Primary Alcohol Nurse within the NHS
Nurse specialist for anxiety management
Eating Disorder Counsellor (EDU Priory Hospital London)
Addiction Treatment Programme (ATP) Therapist at The Priory Hospital Chelmsford
Family Support Group Therapist (Priory Hospital)
Group Therapist (mental health)
Senior nurse (RMN) for young adults in residential rehabilitation (mental health)
University Student Counsellor at Essex University
CPD Trainer in Mindfulness based Therapy for health care professionals and social services
Trainer in Mindfulness Based CBT for London Probation Service
Mindfulness Meditation Trainer
Mindfulness for Health and Wellbeing Trainer (see website)
Clinical psychotherapy supervision
I train and supervise students and qualified counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists and social workers in a range of subjects relating to counselling and the use of mindfulness principles and skills.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
Other areas of counselling I deal with
* I have experience working with male survivors of childhood sexual abuse and male rape. I would like to reassure any men who feel they might benefit from therapy that I am understanding and experienced in helping clients deal with these very difficult issues.
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
Counselling initial assessment/meeting £40
Monday - Friday individual one to one sessions 60 minutes £40
Saturday individual sessions 60 minutes £60
Late sessions 8 p.m. onwards £50 per hour
EMDR £40 - £60 (depending on length of session)
Couples £50: 75 minutes
Concession available to counsellors in training and people receiving benefits POA
Clinical Supervision £40 hour
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mon - Fri: 08.00 - 21.00 Saturday 10.00 - 12.00
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|