Alison Penfold (BA Hons) MBACP Accred/Reg. BAPAM Reg. Individuals and Couples.
Therapy provides an opportunity to explore your thoughts and feelings in a safe confidential environment. It can be very painful to see that you are repeating the same unhelpful patterns in your life and yet have little or no understanding of why this might be happening. You might also be struggling with difficulties from your childhood, relationship issues, anxious pervasive thoughts, or feelings of depression and worthlessness. You might feel a need to talk about this with someone who will not pass judgement and who will validate the difficulties that you are experiencing.
My training as an integrative therapist means that I am informed by a number of different therapeutic perspectives. Ultimately though, I believe that the most vital ingredient in successful therapy is the relationship between therapist and client.
Our sessions can support you in gaining new perspectives, developing a richer awareness of yourself, and understanding the way that you are in relationships with others. Therapy can help you to feel understood and supported in making choices which enhance your life. Sometimes, the most important aspect of therapy is that it is a space in which you can simply talk about painful feelings and feel supported in recognising difficulties which you might have unsuccessfully been trying to ignore for some time.
Primarily, our first consultation is used to decide the most helpful way for us to work together and to discuss practicalities such as time of sessions and fees. I have been awarded accredited member status with the BACP, and I work within their ethical framework.
I offer both shorter and long-term therapy for individuals and couples and I am able to offer a limited number of early morning and late evening appointments when available. I have significant experience in working with emerging and young adults.
I am an experienced Performers Therapist and Coach and I am a British Association of Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) Registered Practitioner.
In addition to my continuing work with Performers, I now work in Private Practice in Central Bath.
Training, qualifications & experience
Having an established practice in London for the past ten years, I have recently begun practising in Central Bath. Originally from a Performing Arts background, I worked for many years as a classical singer. I am also an experienced singing teacher/performance coach, and using my combined experience I am a Registered Therapist for the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM), supporting and coaching performers who are experiencing emotional difficulties. I feel that my understanding and experience in this area also enables me to work effectively with clients experiencing performance-related issues at work, in educational environments, and in competitive sporting situations.
I have an Advanced Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory, and a BA Hons Degree in Integrative Counselling. I have been awarded Accredited Member Status with the BACP.
In order to support my work with couples, I have attended further training at COSRT (College of Sexual and Relationship Therapy) and have attended additional brief training at the Tavistock Institute for Couples Therapy.
I provide additional support for clients who work the twelve steps of addicts anonymous groups and for other family members of both recovering addicts and those who have not yet found recovery. The concept of 'Prodepencence' really interests me, in contrast to the sometimes critical and blaming tag of 'Codepencence'.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
My experience within the theatre and performing arts gives me valuable insight into working with performers and also with those experiencing performance-related issues in other types of work environment and competitive sport. I welcome the opportunity to do this. In this capacity, I am an approved therapist for The British Association of Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) and this means that I update my knowledge in this area by completing regular training with them. I have worked as a visiting lecturer (on psychological issues facing performers) at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
I have extensive experience of supporting adult survivors of childhood abuse and trauma including abuse by siblings and I regularly attend further training in trauma work. I work with behavioural addictions (including all types of internet and mobile phone addiction). I have significant experience of working with co-dependency and love addiction and family members of those with internet porn and other addictions. I support clients who work the Twelve Steps.
If you are struggling with gender-related issues and issues of sexuality, then please contact me. I also welcome the opportunity to work with the LGBT community.
I frequently work with late teenagers and young adults, enabling them to explore any difficulties that they might be experiencing, including conflict with parents, issues arising from peer pressure, self-esteem issues, obsessive/addictive behaviour (including social networking obsession and mobile phone addiction), and other issues.
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
- Gestalt therapy
- Humanistic therapies
- Person-centred therapy
- Psychoanalytic therapy
- Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
Individuals - £60
Couples - £80
I am an approved practitioner for Aviva Insurance and WPA insurance.
For both couples and individuals in crisis, I offer intensive sessions which are both longer and more frequent. This can be discussed at an initial appointment.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Early morning, daytime and evening appointments available
Types of client