Peter Kenny, B.Phil.(Hons), MSc., UKCP registered
I am a Family Therapist, Trainer and Supervisor/Consultant. I work in a straightforward, conversational way, recognising how important it is that I am approachable and trustworthy.
Family Therapy – or to give it its full title, Family and Systemic Psychotherapy – helps people in close relationships help each other. Individuals can also find Family Therapy helpful, as an opportunity to reflect on important relationships and find ways forward.
It enables family members, couples and others who care about each other to express and explore difficult thoughts and emotions safely, to understand each other’s experiences and views, appreciate each other’s needs, build on strengths and make useful changes in their relationships and their lives.
Research shows Family Therapy is useful for children, young people and adults experiencing a very wide range of difficulties and experiences.
Family Therapy aims to be:
- Inclusive and considerate of the needs of each member of the family and/or other key relationships (systems) in people’s lives
- Recognise and build on peoples’ strengths and relational resources
- Work in partnership ‘with’ families and others, not ‘on’ them
- Sensitive to diverse family forms and relationships, beliefs and cultures
- Enable people to talk, together or individually, often about difficult or distressing issues, in ways that respect their experiences, invite engagement and support recovery.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have 32 years professional experience working with families, couples, young people and children affected by a wide range of difficulties, including abuse and trauma, anxiety and depression:
- 17 years working in NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, including highly specialist services.
- 6 years working for two national children’s charities, the NSPCC and Family Service Units
- 6 years working for Leicestershire Social Services
- As well as my private practice I also work on a voluntary basis with New Dawn Family Support Service, an organisation working with families where a child has a life limiting or life long condition.
I am both a qualified Family Therapist and a qualified Social Worker, holding a Master’s in Family and Couple Systemic Psychotherapy from Birkbeck College, University of London as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Exeter.
I am registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), through the Institute of Family Therapy (IFT).
I have worked positively with many kinds of family and I'm always learning from their strengths and dilemmas.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
I understand that deciding to see a Therapist is a big step. I offer an initial telephone discussion at no charge so that you can give me an idea of what you're hoping for, ask any questions and think about ways forward, including other services if that seems best.
Please email me first, letting me know when you would be available to talk.
I generally charge £85.00 for a session lasting about an hour and a half. Please feel free to discuss fees with me.
Research and experience suggests most people who use therapy find up to 8 sessions are enough, often fewer. I offer two extra sessions free of charge to anyone who sees me for 8 sessions.
I work in a pleasant, peaceful room from home during normal office hours.
I am also happy to work at your home at no extra charge if it's within a reasonable distance.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I work during normal office hours, Monday to Friday. I have some additional weekday flexibility if working at your address.
Types of client