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“No single event can awaken within us a stranger whose existence we had never suspected. To live is to be slowly born.” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

We all need to feel heard without feeling judged or told what to do. Being listened to, feeling seen for who we are, can be of great help in times of turmoil.

Counselling is all about listening, sometimes to what is not even being said. As a counsellor I have no agenda except your welfare, development and insight, to help you find the path which best suits you. Crucial to this is developing a trusting, consistent relationship within which we can explore far and wide, whilst remaining safe and contained.

I have always been interested in the stories we tell, both to ourselves and others. The words we use can be as solid and unmoveable as concrete, keeping us stuck in a place which we no longer recognise; a place which neither suits us, or even want to be in. Counselling can help us find new words, new ways of seeing ourselves in the world.

I offer a relational approach within a framework involving equals. I have joined many in finding their own path and continually find new ones opening up for me. My foundation is psychodynamic; however, I am influenced by a number of humanistic philosophies and hold the therapeutic relationship as the bedrock of beneficial counselling.

I am mindful of the holistic approach to therapy, engaging self care, helping to bring mind and body into greater harmony, leading to clearer thinking and progression.

Training, qualifications & experience

MBACP (Accredited)

Level 4 Diploma in Counselling - University of Kent

Certificate in Counselling - University of Kent

Introduction to Counselling - Westminster Pastoral Foundation

BA Comb. Hons. Film, Drama and English - University of Reading

I am a registered and accredited member of the BACP (British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and I practice according to the Association's Code of Practice and Ethical Framework.

My background is in Arts and Media and I use these professional skills in addition to therapeutic training to inform my listening, giving my practice a wide range and depth of reference when exploring issues. I have varied and inclusive experience of cultural difference and feel comfortable working within these areas.This often adds a freshness of viewpoint, leading to counselling which can be seen as highly individual. The evolving respect and trust encourages clients to tackle difficulties and find their own pace and solutions.

I have extensive experience counselling in different settings: private practice, IAPT at GP surgeries, voluntary and private sector, as well as experience being clinical lead for a counselling community service. I work with a wide range of issues including identity, trauma, suicidal thoughts, depression, addictive behaviours, eating disorders, bereavement, low self esteem and many manifestations of psychological difficulties.

I apply and develop my clinical thinking to both personal and professional interests, attending a variety of workshops, lectures and embracing all possibilities which encourage and expand insight of myself and others.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.


£60.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

I charge £60 per session and offer concessionary rates to trainee counsellors on approved BACP courses. I am always willing to discuss circumstances.

An initial telephone session is offered to discuss and answer any questions you may have about my approach an practice and other practical arrangements.


Flexibility dependent on availability.  I offer phone, Zoom, phone and FaceTime sessions.


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

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Mabelle Peñalver

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