Mike Penhaligon


Room 603 The Chandlery
50 Westminster Bridge Road

01 780 784 139 Backup only / 07 904 4100 80 Main line.

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About me

I am a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, with 20 years of experience, helping clients with affordable CBT for a wide range of difficulties. C.B.T. aims to make an impact in a short or medium term. My website sets out straight forward information about this.

Recently I graduated to other ways of working which are supported by N.I.C.E.( NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR CLINICAL EXCELLENCE )  They are Mindfulness based CBT and Eye Movement, Desensitization and Reprocessing. (E.M.D.R,i n which I am an Accredited Practitioner and Consultant. )  My general background includes relationship therapy, and I have worked as a couples counsellor for over 18 years.

I work in 3 postcodes, SE1 , Waterloo. About 6 minutes walk from the main station. Also Peterborough : PE8 ( Wansford ) and PE1.

I am usually able to provide a half hour initial meeting session without fee. Do email me with any questions you may have.

My route into counselling followed a time when I used therapy as a client, and I found it really helped. Then for some months and then years I began training and took placements in charity sector counselling. Finally I settled down to full time work as a therapist. I was looking for a balance between practical approaches ( C.B.T.) and a more personal approach, and my major trainings / diplomas, reflect that, I believe.

Training, qualifications & experience

A full c.v. is on my website ( look under Info on the right, and then Brief c.v. on the menu bar near the top ). My main qualifications are that I am a Senior Accredited Counsellor with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, and I have diplomas in counselling and stress management.

I am now certificated in E.M.D.R. at level II, which fits with the level pointed to in the guidelines for the National Institute for Clinical Excellence. I have found that EMDR is a powerful therapy for a wide range of difficulites, when used in a stuctured and clear way. Once explained many clients completely get the idea of the approach, which helps them with progress to improvements. Just email me if you would like a brief appreciation of the approach.

Many clients benefit from a brief training in Mindfulness as a part of sessions. It can bring important benefits in steadiness as difficult times. Some clients just have half sessions for Mindfulness, or conduct their own sessions at home with MP3's that I can provide. This can save sessions and becomes an economical therapy for those motivated to try this. I have trainings in Mindfulness and I have conducted my own Mindfulness practise, so that brief Mindfulness is very much a part of life.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


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Other areas of counselling I deal with

A portion of my work over the years has been with workplace issues and helping clients gaining a balance between work and life situations. Also dealing with formal issues at work, and getting back to work after accidents and time off.

Another theme in my work has been dealing with difficult events such as traumatic accidents and abuse, and I work for a number of insurance companies and constabularies.


Sliding scale from £35 to £60 depending on time of day, if student, and location, London or Cambridgeshire.

Further information

The website link gives quick referral information for clients and professionals.

I can make site visits, usually for companies, and will happily talk through arrangements.

Maps & Directions

Peterborough, PE8
London, SE1 7QY

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Generally good availability throughout the day and early evening.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Supervision & training

I am an EMDR Approved Consultant and Supervisor with the EMDR Association UK and Ireland.

Online supervision:Yes
Telephone supervision:Yes
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