Penny West Dip Couns MBACP (Accred)
St Luke's Therapy Centre
53 Cainscross Road
Centre For Science and Art
I am an experienced counsellor and I offer a supportive and confidential space to explore the difficulties you may meet in life, and help you find a better understanding to meet the future with renewed confidence and motivation.
How I Work
I am trained as Biographical Counsellor. I work with adults and young people facing various difficulties : depression, anxiety, relationship issues, loss trauma and life crises. In our sessions we would look at your current difficulties and the important events of your life. We would begin to make sense of what has led you to where you are now, how this is affecting you in the present and where this could take you constructively in the future. We would look at what is important to you, what is painful, what is helpful, and what you would like to be different. The process would be guided by what you would wish to explore. Through looking at your life in this way it may become clearer to you how you can work with your challenges and find new ways to go into the future with a greater sense of well-being.
I have worked with people with a wide variety of ages and difficulties that can occur in life.
In 2000 I changed direction and trained as a Biographical Counsellor.I had previously worked with and taught young people with learning disabilities and mental health problems for many years. I have also spent time creating and teaching weaving and pottery. My work as a counsellor has been enhanced by my previous experiences and I find that the process of counselling is similar to many creative processes. It requires time, care and concentration in a warm and supportive environment. This helps something new to grow, to change and develop in a person.
I have worked as a counsellor for the last sixteen years, mainly at St Luke’s NHS Practice in Stroud, which is now St Luke’s Therapy Centre, and in other venues in Stroud.
I work with individuals, both adults of any age and young people. We can work for just a few sessions or can work longer which would give time to go into more depth. A session is sixty minutes and I find it most useful to work weekly. I offer a free thirty minute introductory session.
Training, qualifications & experience
2000-2004 Diploma in Biographical Counselling
2010 Accredited member of BACP
Member of Professional Association of Biographical Counsellors
I am a member of BACP and abide by its Code of Ethics
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Asperger's syndrome
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Gender dysphoria
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
I charge £40 a session and can offer concessions in some situations.
If you wish you can contact me for a conversation and further information.
St Luke's Therapy Centre has its own car park, is in easy walking distance of the centre of Stroud and is on bus routes.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I can offer daytime and evening appointments.
Types of client