Glenn Pennington RMN, MA, UKCP registered
07984995041 / 07984995041
I am an experienced UKCP registered psychotherapist/counsellor and Supervisor working with clients from South Suffolk and North Essex. I have over thirty years experience helping both men and women with a broad spectrum of issues which range from debilitating mental health problems such as severe anxiety or depression to issues that are not considered 'mental health problems' as such, but are debilitating and extremely problematic nevertheless, for example addiction (drugs, alcohol, gambling, sex) or stress related issues.
I have worked within the private sector, the third sector, the NHS and in private practice. My interest in helping clients extends into personal development and how to live life in a way that feels meaningful and fulfilling
Psychotherapy is a term used for talking therapies and may take the form of one to one therapy, couples therapy or group therapy. It can be short term or long term and address issues that are specific or vague. It can be used to help manage symptoms, gain insight, find closure, resolve, support, motivate or even inspire. Psychotherapy can take a clinical, philosophical, educative or pastoral form. Some people need space and time to reflect on their life, some are looking for insight and understanding into what they cannot understand, others are interested in some form of professional guidance on how to help themselves with specific issues such as addiction, abuse or anger and for some there is no clearly defined reason.
If you invite me to act as your Psychotherapist we would discuss exactly why you want therapy, what you would like to achieve from it and the approach we are going to take. Ultimately as your therapist, at the conclusion of your therapy I would intend for you not only to feel more equipped to deal with the issue you originally presented, but also to feel more confident in addressing future issues and life events as they occur.
Relationship Issues – 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.
Anxiety and Panic Attacks - If you are reading this you are probably aware that anxiety and panic attacks are very unpleasant. What you may not be aware of is that there is a therapeutic approach to dealing with them that is not only highly effective but can be taught using short-term therapy/coaching.
This approach involves the client being shown how to manage their anxiety and panic attacks to the point that they eventually become very mild or non-existent (unless you are being chased by an angry dog of course).
Anxiety and panic attacks respond quickly and favourably to this approach which proves that in 2016 there is no need to feel debilitated and hopeless if this is a problem for you, and it is unlikely that you need depend long term on medication that only gives symptomatic relief rather than dealing with the problem at source.
You may have noticed that I have not promised you a “cure” for your anxiety. As a therapist it would be unfair and unprofessional to promise anyone anything I cannot guarantee and I urge you to be suspicious of anyone who does. However, you will definitely learn how not to worry and I would be surprised if you do not feel markedly more confident in dealing with your anxiety from an early stage of your sessions. Finally, by the end of your treatment the idea is that your anxiety when present (everyone experiences anxiety sometimes) feels more of a minor discomfort you are willing to live with and no longer a debilitating “illness” ruining your quality of life.
Depression – As one of the most commonly experienced forms of psychological ill health it is also one of the most researched. There are a number of evidence-based strategies that can be used when addressing depression. As your counsellor I would discuss with you how we can develop an approach that will be of benefit to your personal sense of wellbeing by combining traditional talking therapy with newer innovations.
Addiction – Takes many forms and affects individuals to varying degrees. As a therapist with over twenty five years experience of counselling people with addiction, I can assess you, provide counselling/treatment or advise you on an appropriate course of action to help you address your problem. please see my website for an idea of a current behavioural approach to addiction.
Working with men - I work with both woman and men and have a specialist 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.
Training, qualifications & experience
MA Existential Psychotherapy
Post Graduate Diploma: Therapeutic Counselling (Integrative)
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)
Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy (REBT)
In addition to what I have already mentioned, my experience over the past twenty five years includes work with drug, alcohol, gambling and sex addiction.
I train and supervise student and qualified counsellors, psychologists and social workers in a number of subjects relating to counselling and the use of mindfulness principle 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
- 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)
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
Counselling initial assessment/meeting £40
Individual one to one session 60 minutes £40
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
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|