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MBACP(Accred) Integrative Counsellor

About me

Welcome, my name is Penny Wicks and I am a qualified professional counsellor and I offer counselling to individuals, adolescents and couples.

My practice is located on the South side of Canterbury within 5 minutes of the city centre. There is free parking available. I offer face to face, video or telephone counselling.

General information

My aim is to provide a 'safe' and confidential space where you can explore any difficulties you are experiencing or have experienced in the past. In my counselling I will listen to you and work with you to find the best ways to understand and resolve your difficulties. Through counselling you can develop a sense of acceptance of who you are and come to terms with life events.

In this world there are many different types of experiences that are difficult for us to cope with. Most of the time we just get on with life, but sometimes we are just stopped in our tracks by an event that we do not have the resources to sort it out. At this time counselling is really helpful as it gives us the opportunity to be heard, taken seriously, understood and not to be judged in any way.

Couple Counselling

I undertook a post graduate certificate in couple counselling at the Metanoia Centre in London and have completed a further Cognitive Behavioural Course on Couples Counselling by the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies.

Relationship distress is common in the UK with now 40% of marriages ending in divorce and more than a third of couples experiencing relationship distress.

In relationships people often get locked in repetitive patterns which seem difficult to break, through counselling you can begin to understand the patterns, develop an awareness of how to recognise them and try more effective ways of communicating with one another.

Here is a BBC link to show the impact of relationship distress to children: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36373299

I can offer a structured number of sessions to help unravel the patterns couples get locked into and help to improve how to communicate within a relationship and to improve those repetitive conversations that keep happening.

Individual Counselling

I can offer counselling to adults, and trainee counsellors. Through counselling I aim to give you renewed energy and coping strategies to get on with your life in a more productive way.

I have a wealth of experience of working with anxiety, depression, stress, bereavement and relationship issues. I am able to work with you for either a fixed number of sessions or open ended.

Adolescents and children

Research indicates that mental health difficulties start in early life and that 50 per cent of lifetime mental illness starts by the age of 14. Statistically a mere 30 per cent receive any sort of intervention which means the remaining 70 per cent struggle with their emotional turmoil to adulthood and face a lifetime of depression and anxiety. By helping children and adolescents having thoughtful and reflective conversations about their life experiences can help them to overcome their difficulties and experience a more positive outlook on life.

I have over 30 years experience of working with children and adolescents in secondary schools, the NHS and private practice. When working with this age group they often do not have the vocabulary to express their feelings so I utilise the arts; scenarios and music to help them to talk about what is happening to them.

Additional information

As well as my private practice I also work for a local IAPT service providing counselling for the NHS. (Please note if you require counselling through the NHS you need to contact your local IAPT services). I am a registered Bupa therapist and able to provide counselling for Bupa members.

Please feel free to call me or email me if you have any questions or require further information about myself or my counselling practice. I am more than happy to discuss any concerns you may have regarding counselling.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling
  • Advanced Certificate in Careers Education and Guidance
  • B.Ed (Hons).

I am an accredited member of the BACP, (156142) and adhere to the Ethical Framework. 

I hold a fully enhanced DBS check. (Updated March 2022).

I am fully insured with Holistic Insurance services.

Recent training includes

  • Moving your practice online (Dr Kate Anthony) - March 2020
  • Love and its shadows - exploring what is love within relationships and how to develop a healthy relationship within marriage or long term relationships - September 2019
  • Relationships and infertility - looking at the impact of infertility within the relationship and how to emerge after the journey of IVF - September 2019
  • Brain Plasticity and Attachment Styles - August 2019
  • Equality, Diversity and Safeguarding training - September 2019 to April 2020
  • Working with Self Harm - October 2017
  • Solution Focused Therapy - November 2017
  • CBT couple training BABCP - January and June 2017
  • CBT and imagery BABCP - November 2016
  • Behavioural Activation for Adolescents BABCP - October 2016
  • Post graduate certificate in Couple Work (Metanoia Institute) March - July 2013
  • Training in Child Sexual Abuse and Rape (East Kent Rape Line)
  • Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (University of Kent)

One day courses and conferences:

  • Working with rage and anger in teenagers and children (The Centre for Child Mental Health, London)
  • The use of arts in therapy (The Centre for Child Mental Health, London)
  • Conference on attachment, separation and loss (The Centre for Child Mental Health, London)
  • The Frightened, Anxious, Worried Child (The Centre for Child Mental Health, London)
  • Conference on Self Harm (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy)
  • Personality Adaptations (The Link Centre, East Sussex)
  • EMDR (Tunbridge Wells Counselling Centre)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£55.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Health Insurance/EAP

  • BUPA
  • Vitality

Additional information

  • Individuals - £55 per 50 minute session (day time up to 7pm); (£65 for weekend/weekday after 7pm)
  • Couples - £60 per 60 minute session (day time up to 7pm); (£70 for weekend and weekday after 7pm)
  • Adolescents - £55 per 50 minute session (day time up to 7pm); (£65 for weekend and weekday after 7pm)
  • Trainee counsellors £40 per 50 minute session (day time up to 7pm); (£45 for weekend and weekday after 7pm)

Reductions are available, I believe that counselling should be accessible, and will discuss financial circumstances on an individual basis.

Assessment - the first session is taken up with an assessment, and explaining the counselling on offer. I feel choosing the right counsellor is important and a personal choice, so during this session we can address any concerns and agree a way forward.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm, Saturday 9am to 2pm, Sunday on request.

Further information

I am able to offer open ended counselling or short term counselling.

Frequently asked questions

  • I have never had counselling before and really nervous about contacting a counsellor.

This is only natural, but you will be put at ease once you have taken the first step and make contact.

  • I am not happy leaving a message on the answer phone?

If you do not want to leave a message on the phone, then you can send an email to let me know the best time to contact you.

  • How many sessions will I need?

This is a personal choice made between the client and counsellor at the beginning. Some clients prefer to have open ended counselling with no fixed end and other clients will state that they would like a set number.

  • I don't want anyone to know I am having counselling.

That's fine, counselling is a confidential relationship between client and counsellor.

Canterbury, Kent, CT1

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms

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