Penney Hames MSc

Penney Hames MSc


07811 217 744

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About me

I am a qualified and accredited family therapist with extensive training and experience in different approaches within family therapy. If you have relationships, I can help. We'll look at the patterns and the interactions in your relationships - whether they are in your family, at work, with your partner, your parents or your children. We'll take a look at your family tree - do  patterns repeat through the generations, or through the genders, does ethnicity or cultural difference make a difference to how you live together? And we'll explore what already works, what is painful or uncomfortable and help all of you to think about, discuss and try better ways forward for you and those around you.

The atmosphere is non-judgemental. And that's because patterns happen between people, they are not one person's fault. But through talking together we can begin to make sense of those patterns, until with time they turn into stories that we are happy to live.

I see children, young people and adults on an individual basis as well as working with families in comfortable and welcoming private rooms at my home in Alton. I can also meet with you in your home.

Making sure that you feel safe talking with me and that you also feel heard is an essential part of my work. I take time to listen carefully to the way that you think and feel about the challenges you face so that I can understand them from your point of view. But I also listen out for the less obvious, or perhaps less talked about, moments of your day, your memories, your relationships and your hopes and beliefs which may influence you and which may provide a different, perhaps preferred way forward.

Family therapy has a well-established and growing body of research that shows its effectiveness in a wide range of difficulties across the whole age range. These include family issues; couple relationship difficulties; behaviour difficulties; separation and divorce; parenting and step-parenting issues; illness and disability; aging and life-cycle transitions; generalised anxiety disorder and depression.

Training, qualifications & experience

I trained in London as a family therapist more than 12 years ago and worked for years in the NHS. I have extensive experience of working with children, young people, adults and families across the whole range of life’s challenges. I have a particular interest and experience in working creatively with anxiety, low mood and depression, work-related stress, relationship difficulties, divorce and separation, parenting and step-parenting challenges, bereavement and mental health difficulties.

Professional qualifications
MSc Family and Systemic Psychotherapy (Kensington Consultation Centre / Bedford University)

Membership Organisation
Association for Family Therapy (AFT)

Professional Registration

United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy

The NCT book of babies' sleep.
The NCT book of toddler tantrums.
Freelance pieces for the Saturday Telegraph on family life and child development.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


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Session fee: £65 (individual session), £80 (family/couple session)

If you choose to be visited at home travel time is charged at £50 an hour.

I am able to offer some flexibility in session fee to those financially unable to meet the full cost.

Maps & Directions

Alton, GU34

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: No


I offer appointments Mon - Fri 9am - 8pm

Types of client

Young people
Older adults