Pennie Aston - SPECIALIST DYSLEXIA COUNSELLOR - MSc NCS (Prof Acc)
0208 3460941 / 07889 441515
Pennie Aston (MSc, Dip Hyp, Dip Couns, PGC Leadership, Dip Supervision, Dip Therapeutic Coaching, Cert Psychology)
I am a keynote speaker, counsellor, coach, trainer and supervisor specialising in addressing the emotional repercussions of Dyslexia. I am dyslexic myself and have raised a dyslexic family.
An experienced and skilled facilitator of positive change, in both individuals and organisations, I have worked in the therapeutic field since 1999 preceded by a 20 year career in television and the performing arts. My personal and professional experience, some years ago, of being an un-diagnosed dyslexic person subject to professional conduct procedures, has given me exceptional understanding of the emotional repercussions of hidden disability and the needs and dynamics of people and organisations (and the relationships and structures within which they function) - plus the challenges that can arise when secondary presentations of Dyslexia are not fully understood both by the person and society at large.
Since setting up the charity GroOops Dyslexia Aware Counselling and Coaching in 2007, we have supported over 1500 clients through 1:1 support and groupwork. Finding 70% were neuro diverse, in 2014 we transitioned to being dyslexia (neuro diverse) specific. My work now focuses distinctively on providing emotional support for those with an assessment of dyslexia (along with their families); facilitating positive communication in educational and workplace settings through keynote speeches, trainings, workshops and presentations; helping people come to terms with and fully understand what dyslexia means to them; understand and adapt to its emotional and lifelong legacy; gain acceptance and allow dyslexic people to develop a resilient sense of identity and become their own best advocates.
As a 'Creative', (I am an artist, writer and singer/songwriter), I have a particular interest in supporting individuals with careers in the performing arts who are dyslexic and other organisations with similar interests in positive dyslexic identity development.
When not actively engaged with work, I can be found singing and playing guitar (badly but with great enthusiasm), writing, gardening and painting.
My areas of expertise include:
- Keynote speeches relating to the Emotional Repercussions of Dyslexia
- Dyslexia Awareness Training
- Anxiety and Dyslexia
- Relationships and Dyslexia
- 1:1 Dyslexia Aware Counselling
- Provision of Supervision to professionals - individual and group
- Professional Conduct Emotional Support
- Adult Dyslexia Therapeutic Coaching
- Dyslexia Aware group counselling
- All aspects of Bereavement and Loss particularly in the context of neurodiversity.
- Performing Arts - Events, showcases.
- Life Course Development - Ongoing psychological development throughout the life course
Training, qualifications & experience
Training, Qualifications & Experience
MSc Life Course Development - University of London -Birkbeck College.
Diploma in Counselling at Post Graduate Level - University of London - Birkbeck College.
Diploma in Casework Supervision - ABC Level 4
Diploma in Individual and Group Supervision: Counselling, Psychotherapy and Related Professions - Cascade Training Associates
Diploma Clinical and Analytical Hypnotherapy with Psychotherapy - (ICET)
Diploma Gold Psychotherapeutic Counselling - (ICET)
Diploma Therapeutic Coaching - (Fusion - NCFE Accredited)
Post Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management Practice - Middlesex University.
Masters Level Certificates: University of East London (Counselling Young People; Young People Centred Counselling Assessment; Counselling Young People who Self Harm; Working Creatively with Young People).
Certificate Counselling and Counselling Skills
Certificate Institute of Leadership and Management - (ILM)
Certificate British Mindfulness Institute - Professional Training in the Therapeutic Use of Mindfulness
Certified Facilitator - Strengthening Families Strengthening Communities
Professional Conduct Panel Member - National Counselling Society
Approved Supervisor for the National Counselling Society
Accredited by The National Counselling Society (MNCS Acc)
As a keynote Speaker, Presenter, Training Facilitator or Counsellor, Pennie has provided her services to:
- ADSHE - North and South
- Bath Adult Dyslexic Group
- British Dyslexia Association International Conference
- British Dyslexia Association - Webinar
- Birkbeck College - University of London
- Bexley, Bromwich and Greenwich Dyslexia Association
- Camden Working Men's College
- Celebrated Hub
- Crisis UK
- Dyslexia Association of London
- Dyslexic Success Greenwich
- Festival of Dyslexic Culture
- Grief Encounter
- Kent West Dyslexia Association
- Leicestershire Dyslexia Association
- Middlesex University
- NHS IFRS South
- NHS Barnet
- Octavia Ducan Housing Association
- PATOSS Bath
- PATOSS Bucks
- Waltham Forest Dyslexia Association
- Westminster Council
- as well as developing all the in-house training at GroOops.
Preceding her involvement with the therapeutic world, Pennie spent over twenty years in television and the performing arts, initially as a singer/songwriter and subsequently as a lifestyle writer and presenter for Music Box, Premier, SuperChannel, BSkyB, Sky, BA, Channel 4, Channel One and ITV and was Co-Director of a successful television production company.
As an executive producer of Expressive Arts Shows she has produced several 'Kidz Take Kontrol' productions with GroOops and 'Make That Change - Together', a project that encompassed 21 schools, 13 boroughs, 120 participants and 150 parent/carers, culminating in an outstanding performance at the Albert Hall for the Business In The Community Awards Ceremony in front of an audience of 1400.
Her portfolio has included CHAIR of BCVYS (Barnet Council for Voluntary Youth Services) Steering Committee - part of CommUNITY Barnet; Healthy Schools Steering Committee, CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health) Core Board and the Teenage Pregnancy Strategy Board.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Public Speaking
- Dyslexia Counselling Specialist
- Expressive Arts Forums
- Professional conduct procedure emotional support
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
- Family/systemic therapy
Photos & videos
Please visit www.GroOops.org for details.
In certain situations, such as students in training and those on low income, reduced fees can be discussed. Please make contact to discuss.
I provide a warm, empathetic, safe environment to explore all the vagaries of living life to the full and developing a well rounded approach both personally and professionally. I am Accredited with, and an approved Supervisor for, the National Counselling Society.
I am on a voluntary register that has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority. The AVR scheme was set up by the Government to improve standards and safety for the benefit of the public.
As a dyslexic person myself, diagnosed in adulthood, and having raised a dyslexic family I have wide understanding of living with an unseen neuro-diverse condition and the social and emotional implications involved in work, relationships and development of sense of self.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mon to Fri daytime. Evening and weekends by arrangement.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I am an approved supervisor for The National Counselling Society.