Glenn Pennington M.A. Psychotherapy (UKCP). PG.Dip Couns, Dip CBT, EMDR, RMN
I am an EAP provider approved, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist, providing Psychotherapy, Counselling, CBT and EMDR. I have over 30 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 professional 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 education, counselling, coaching and application. The sessions are both theoretical and experiential with time to discuss and reflect on your experiences. Handouts to assist you in learning and understanding the method are provided. In principle the method is simple to learn, all it asks of you is your willingness to commit. I believe as do many, that effective treatment for anxiety is about skilful anxiety management which results in the lessening of frequency, lessening of intensity and lessening of the duration of anxiety symptoms. 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.
Anxiety Wellbeing Clinic - From May 2017 I will hold an Anxiety Clinic at Sudbury Physiotherapy Centre every Thursday. For more details please visit my website.
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.
Meditation - I run a bi-weekly Meditation and Mindfulness groups in Sudbury Suffolk. They are not therapy groups but they are therapeutic and can help you deal with the stresses and challenges of everyday life. These groups are open to all. If you are interested you will find further details on my website.
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)
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.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
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.
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
Initial assessment/meeting £40
Monday - Thursday: 9.a.m - 5.30 p.m. £40 per session (50 minutes)
Late sessions: 6.00 p.m. onwards £50 per session (50 minutes)
Saturday 9 p.m - 12 p.m. £60 per session (50 minutes)
EMDR £40 - £60 per session
Major credit cards accepted
Bupa: Recognised therapist register.
AXA PPP Healthcare: Approved Therapist
Nuffield Health: Associate Therapist register
AXA PPP HEALTHCARE: Approved Therapist
Healix: Approved Therapist
Aviva Health Insurance:Therapist register
LifeWorks: Affiliate Counsellor
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday: 08.30 - 20.00 Saturday by arrangement.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|