Deborah Pennington Pgdip.Couns, MBACP
I’m an experienced and qualified Person-Centred Counsellor / Psychotherapist.
I offer one to one individual counselling, working with adults, teenagers and children in my tranquil private practice, based in Carlisle.
As your counsellor, I work with you, alongside you in a gentle and empathic way, honouring who you are, your struggles, your unique journey, listening to how it is for you and what that means for you. As we work together to explore what it is that may have brought you to counselling, I will safely accompany you, and work with you in a way that feels right for you, at your pace. Person Centred Counselling is a talking therapy where you can be listened to and heard with respect, care and authenticity.
Training, qualifications & experience
My professional experience encompasses 20 years of teaching in schools, initially training and then teaching in Birmingham. Moving to Cumbria, I have been teaching art to Primary age children for 12 years.
My counselling work has been within a clinical setting, throughout the last 3 years, providing support to families, adults and children.
My therapeutic work has involved work with clients, both adults and children, through bereavement, loss and pain. I have experience within the same clinical setting of working with clients through complex childhood trauma and loss. Counselling work has encompassed working with clients through acute and chronic illness.
I have worked with young people and children, counselling within the same clinical setting. Where children have been young carers, working with them to find coping startegies whilst facing the challenges of family illness and bereavement, at the same time as working towards exams and supporting them with the challenges of life as a teenager.
I have experience of working with young people and children. Where children may not have the vocabulary or awareness to understand or express their emotions or what is happening for them, this can create distress and confusion. I offer experience of working with children and young people creatively, enabling them the opportunity to communicate their feelings and felt senses in a way which feels natural to them.
Qualifications I am a fully qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist.
I have a Post Graduate Diploma in Person centred Counselling / Psychotherapy. (Pgdip), Cumbria University, Lancaster.
I am a qualified teacher, PGCE, Birmingham University.
Ba (Hons), Leeds University.
I hold a full and registered membership to the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
I have regular professional supervision in accordance with the ‘Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions’ (2018).
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
As a Person Centred Counsellor I can also work with you creatively to promote psychological change and healing. It may feel more natural for you to communicate your inner struggles in a creative way. Using creative means of communication can often bring light to what cannot be seen on the inside. This may be through,
Art Imagery Metaphor and symbols Writing, poetry, story, Music, Sand tray, and small world therapy, Play therapy
Working theraperutically this way, can be a particularly empowering experience for any age, to connect with the creative parts of self. Tapping into your creativity, connects you to your strengths from which you may find the resilience and courage to work through trauma, pain and loss.
I have particular experience of working creatively.
I welcome all enquiries, responding promptly and within 24 hours. Initially, I offer a free telephone consultation for up to 20 minutes to provide the opportunity for you to find out more and to decide if you would like to go ahead and book an appointment with me.
I charge £50 per session. (1 hour)
I accept paymet by cash, cheque, ‘bacs’ transfer.
Seeking help and support can be a difficult step to take, but please feel free to contact me, to find out what I offer and how we might work together. All enquiries are warmly welcomed, I look forward to hearing from you.