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People come to me when they are looking for support or a means to regain wellness, often when they are at the darkest of times. As well as seeing clients who have a broad spectrum of issues I specialise in working with people who have body image issues and where possible with their families. I have personal experience of this within my family and I understand some of the complexities of this very debilitating disorder.
There is more information about the way I work with individuals on my other website: http://jennie.penkul.com/
I work using an integrative approach, which means that I draw on different forms of therapy, depending on what is most beneficial to my client and the issues he or she wishes to explore. I view the person as a whole, not just as their presenting problem, my approach therefore recognises and addresses all four dimensions of humanity, emotional, physical, mental and spiritual.
These days my work is evolving to be much more holistic, because I have learnt that unless we address the whole being we are missing important elements in the healing and wellness process.
I am passionate about the need to support young people to overcome psychological difficulties as quickly as possible so that they can live their lives to the full.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have an honours degree in Counselling from Anglia Ruskin University and I have been working in private practice for twenty-four years. I have taken many further courses and my personal experience of body image disorders and their impact on the individual and the family has made this a particular passion of mine.
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
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Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£50.00 per session
Free initial online session
Concessions offered for
My fees are £50.00 an hour.
When I work
I try to be flexible about when I work with my clients. I can usually find time for a trial session within a few days. At times I have a short waiting list.