Anne Penington B.A (hons), BSW. Reg. BPF,IAAP,BPC
I practice psychoanalytic psychotherapy, which means that I work in a way which explores what lies beneath our actions and repetitive patterns of behaviour, how the past affects the present: our relationships, our work and our feelings. I see people for both long-term and time-limited individual psychotherapy. I am based on the western edge of Dorking. I previously worked for many years at a senior level as a psychotherapist in the NHS.
During sessions I will encourage you to talk about what is on your mind. This may include dreams and memories, what is happening in your day-to-day life as well as what is happening in the room between us. This can shed important light on the dynamics of past and current relationships and lead to new perspectives.
You may be thinking about therapy for help with anxiety, depression or problems with relationships either at home or at work. I hope that whatever your initial reason for coming into therapy you will find that it helps you to gain a greater sense of freedom when making choices in life.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained as a psychotherapist in the Jungian stream of the British Association of Psychotherapists. My professional background, before then, was as a psychiatric social worker. I qualified in Australia in the late 1970's with both an honours degree in Psychology and a degree in Social Work. I subsequently worked in adult mental health and addiction services, children and families’ services and also in a counselling service for young people.
I qualified as a psychotherapist in the late 1990's, then worked for 17 years in senior positions in NHS psychotherapy departments in Surrey. Over this time I worked mostly with people who struggled with significant and long-standing difficulties. I developed a particular interest in working with young adults. I regularly supervised trainees from the Psych.D. Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology course at Surrey University, as well as colleagues who were either training, or had recently qualified, with other counselling and psychotherapy organizations.
I now work in private practice. My professional registration is with the British Psychoanalytic Council. I discuss my work regularly in a confidential setting with colleagues who share an analytic orientation and attend ongoing training events to keep my practice up-to-date.
At present I am seeing people remotely using Zoom, Skype and telephone.
Registered / Accredited
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British Psychoanalytic Council
The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) is a professional association, representing the profession of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
The organisation is itself made up of fourteen member organisations and BPC accredits the trainings of its member organisations. An individual who qualifies from one of these trainings is then eligible for entry into the BPC's register.
BPC registrants are governed by a code of ethics, a policy of continuing professional development, a statement on confidentiality and a complaints procedure. The BPC is a Member Society of the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Public Sector (EFPP). Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
To get started you would be welcome to contact me either by telephone or email. We may then decided to set up an initial consultation session to explore what you are looking for and whether I may be able to help. We may meet for further exploratory sessions before agreeing arrangements for ongoing therapy which may be either fixed term or open-ended. At this point I usually find it helpful to give people a written information sheet confirming the practical arrangements for therapy. My usual fee for once weekly therapy is £55.00 per session. Fees for therapy more frequently than once a week are negotiable.
I am available to see people on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. I currently work using Skype, Zoom and telephone. I am not taking new referrals at present.