Glenn Pennington M.A. Psychotherapy (UKCP).PG Dip, CBT, EMDR, ACT, RMN
Covid-19 This too shall pass, but until it does, in the best interest of my current clients, prospective clients, myself and our wider community I will be continuing to work with clients via remote platforms only. These will include Skype, Face Time, WhatsApp and WhatsApp ChatMate, or if you would prefer, over the telephone. Thank you for your understanding and I wish you the best.
I am an EAP provider, approved UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist, providing Psychotherapy, Counselling, CBT and EMDR. I have over 35 years clinical experience treating anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, phobias, depression, trauma and addiction. I offer one to one counselling for adults (18 onwards) for South Suffolk and North Essex. I also provide Skype therapy for individuals within the UK and overseas.
I work with both woman and men and have a particular interest in working with men who may find the idea of counselling challenging either through preconceived ideas of counsellors and counselling or due to the content they wish to address* (See below at bottom of page: 'other areas').
Anxiety and Panic Disorder - Treating anxiety and related conditions is an area I have specialised in. I have over 30 years experience providing treatment within the NHS, private hospitals and in private practice. I am confident that I can help you address your anxiety, panic and excessive worry. The method I will teach you can be life transforming. The work involves Counselling, a form of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and coaching. The method is simple to learn, there is NO reason to suffer with your anxiety the way you do.
If you would like to know more before booking an assessment you are welcome to phone me or visit my website (link at top of page) and go to "Anxiety Recovery" on the "Anxiety & Depression" page for more details on how and why I can help you.
Depression - Depression unlike a disease is defined by its symptoms rather than its cause. These symptoms typically include feelings of deep sadness, hopelessness, despondency, and a sense of being overwhelmed. Fortunately counselling can be extremely helpful, and by also understanding how the brain plays its part in depression you can use this knowledge to maximise the benefit of counselling and minimise the chance of relapse. If you would like to know more you can visit my website (link at top of page) and go to "Depression" on the "Anxiety & Depression" page for more information on depression and how I can help you.
PTSD and Trauma - Post-traumatic stress disorder referred too as PTSD is a term used to describe a response to the exposure of a very stressful or traumatic event or an exceptionally shocking, threatening or catastrophic situation. Examples include being a victim of rape, childhood abuse, violent assault, serious accidents, natural disasters and exposure to a combat/war situation. PTSD is potentially a severe and long-term mental health condition affecting the sufferers quality of life in a multitude of ways.
Certain traumas sometimes referred to as ‘small t’ traumas result from experiences we have from childhood onwards that have left us feeling unsettled, upset or ill-at-ease within ourselves now manifesting as social awkwardness, lack of confidence, anxious or depressed… These traumas are likely rooted in particular life experiences which at the time felt anxious, humiliating, embarrassing, guilty or shameful… these feelings and the associated thoughts can remain unresolved, now leaving us with an emotional and psychological burden which can hinder our quality of life in an ongoing way.
If either PTSD or 'small T' trauma is something you are experiencing I am able to offer you help using a therapeutic approach called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing or EMDR. This is currently one of the most popular and effective therapies for PTSD and ‘small T’ trauma.
Addiction – Addiction counselling requires a therapist who has plenty of experience working specifically in the field of addiction. As a therapist with over 30 years of such experience I can assess you, provide counselling, and advise you if you require additional interventions such as a detoxification programme or a support network for example.
Training, qualifications & experience
Master of Arts (M.A.): Existential Psychotherapy
Post Graduate Diploma: Integrated Humanistic Counselling
Diploma: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Registered Nurse (RMN) (Mental Health). EMDR Practioner
Clinical Hypnosis (British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis) (BSCAH)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) (A Mindfulness Based Therapy)
Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy (REBT)
Mindfulness for pain control (Breathworks)
Anxiety Management (NHS)
Stress Management (NHS)
Benzodiazepine Dependancy (NHS)
Director of Clinical Services and Training (counselling)
25 years counselling clients with drug, alcohol, gambling and sex addiction.
Primary Alcohol Nurse within the NHS
Nurse specialist for anxiety management
Eating Disorder Counsellor (EDU Priory Hospital London)
Addiction Treatment Programme (ATP) Therapist at The Priory Hospital Chelmsford
Family Support Group Therapist (Priory Hospital)
Group Therapist (mental health)
Senior nurse (RMN) for young adults in residential rehabilitation (mental health)
University Student Counsellor at Essex University
CPD Trainer in Mindfulness based Therapy for health care professionals and social services
Trainer in Mindfulness Based CBT for London Probation Service
Mindfulness Meditation Trainer
Mindfulness for Health and Wellbeing Trainer (see website)
Clinical psychotherapy supervision
I train and supervise students and qualified counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists and social workers in a range of subjects relating to counselling and the use of mindfulness principles and skills.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
* I have experience working with male survivors of childhood sexual abuse and male rape. I can reassure any men who feel they might benefit from therapy that I am understanding and experienced in helping clients deal with these very difficult issues.
In compliance with the governments social distancing recommendations, for the safety of my clients, myself and our community I am only offering sessions via Skype, Face Time or WhatsApp video/ChatMate until it is appropriate to recommence face to face in person.
SELF REFERRALS: Initial assessment/session £45
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8.a.m - 9 p.m. £45 per session (60 minutes)
EMDR £70 per 90 minute session (I am unfortunately unable to provide this service using Skype and other remote platforms)
Credit Cards, Apple Pay, Paypal & Bank Transfer accepted
Bupa: Recognised therapist register.
AXA PPP Healthcare: Approved Therapist
Nuffield Health: Associate Therapist register
Healix: Approved Therapist
Aviva Health Insurance:Therapist register
LifeWorks: Affiliate Counsellor
Moving Minds: Affiliate CBT, EMDR Therapist
Vitality: Recognised Provider