Alice Polly Renwick - BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist
I was born and brought up near Mevagissey and have a deep love and understanding of the heritage complexities of our county. Following college I moved out of county to train and work in Southampton where I experienced multi-cultural living and the wealth of difference that a sea-port town has to offer. I returned to Cornwall to bring up my four sons and be at hand for my ageing parents.
Now that those tasks have become less challenging I enjoy welcoming clients to my peaceful, secluded, purpose-built practice on our domestic premises in Pentewan. Please feel free to telephone any day (weekends included) before 8pm, or email, to further explore whether I might have the right expertise and personality to meet your requirements.
Should you choose to engage my services I hope that you will feel safe, well received and understood during our work within which we will explore options towards your happier and more effective functioning.
Training, qualifications & experience
My professional journey, until now, began with a B.Ed in 1985, teaching in an inner-city, multi-cultural, middle-school. Because I felt deeply for the children with difficulties who were failing at school I started retraining, in 2001, to be able to support them in the role of a school counsellor.
This, I did, following qualifying in 2004, while at the same time working with victims of childhood sexual abuse. This employment led me to realise that I have a great interest in working with the complexities of severely traumatised clients and has developed into a significant theme running through my work.
I have a growing interest in working with young adults who are struggling with bi-polar mood disorder further complicated with substance misuse and criminal activity. Linked to this I specialise in working with people when someone they love has gone missing.
Following my BACP accreditation in 2007, I have continued to expand my interests and expertise through ongoing professional development and have also been enjoying supervising fellow counsellor/psychotherapists since 2009.
Since accrediting I have delivered counselling/psychotherapy for a range of our national Employee Assistance Programmes using a brief solution-focussed approach. Along with this I continue to welcome self-referring clients for individual or couple counselling with flexibility to accommodate client commitments and lifestyles using a more truly Person-Centred Approach.
When disability is an issue, I am happy to make home visits, where appropriate, free of charge within a five mile radius of my practice in Pentewan.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Individuals £35, couples £40, students £25, 16-20 yrs £20 and veterans £20 hourly rate
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I have availability 9.30 to 5.30 during the daytime from Monday until Friday. I am also able to offer an evening slot of 7.00 until 8.00, Monday to Thursday.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
My Counselling Supervisor qualification was delivered by Kathy Raffles Counselling Services for Plymouth University in 2009.View supervision profile