Penny Jennings MBACP
Counselling can be beneficial for people who are experiencing a crisis in the "here and now" or for those who have for some time felt unable to live their lives fully as a result of long-standing problems. These may include factors from the past such as a bereavement or a relationship breakdown, or ongoing situations where depression or anxiety are a regular feature or where self-esteem is low and confidence has evaporated.
My training and experience enable me to work with you to understand what is happening in your internal world. We would also consider how past experience may have led in part to the difficulties of the present especially where ongoing patterns of behaviour are causing continued unhappiness. Through my work I have seen a rise in the levels of anxiety people are feeling and believe that addressing this through counselling can make a big difference to how life is experienced.
Initially I would meet with you so that we could discuss together how counselling might be able to help. Further weekly appointments can then be arranged either on a short term or open ended basis according to need. The latter allows a rapport to be built up and the work to unfold at a pace which is comfortable for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained originally as a nurse and worked in the health service for a number of years with adults and children and completed an MA with a thesis on Coping Mechanisms, at Reading University. However I was drawn to counselling as a way of trying to help people make a long-term difference to their lives.
I completed a Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling and since then have added to my training with various courses, for example in Time Limited work and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. I have recently completed a Diploma in Parent Infant Therapy and am passionate about working with pregnant women who have worries about becoming a mother and parents with babies where there is concern about the relationship, for example in cases of post natal depression.
I have worked for many years in an agency that offers counselling at affordable cost to individuals. Currently I provide therapy via the Occupational Health Department of an NHS Trust for their staff and I also work for the charity Child Bereavement UK where I have developed a special interest in loss and bereavement. I have also gained experience through work at The Isis Centre in Oxford, with Thames Valley Police and through seeing clients on a private basis at my home.
I am an Accredited Member of the Britiish Association of Counselling and Pyschotherapy (BACP) and am registered with the United Kingdom Register of Counsellors and Pyschotherapists (UKRCP). I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have a particular interest in loss either through bereavement or more broadly (such as loss of role or home) and its ongoing effects on people's lives. I also enjoy working with new mums and/or dads on the transition to parenthood
My current fees for each 50 minute session for an individual are usually £48 but I do also offer some reductions where this is unaffordable
I work from a dedicated consulting room at my home close to Princes Risborough. Parking is available.
Please email or telephone me (you may need to leave a message but I will call back within 24 hours) if you would like to discuss whether coming for an appointment could be helpful for you. An initial appointment can usually be arranged within a week.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I offer both daytime and early evening appointments
Types of client