Pennie Fairbairn - UKCP, AFT, Psychotherapist & Clinical Superviser
Practising as a Family and Systemic Psychotherapist and Supervisor with a background in counselling, I have over 25 years of clinical experience in a variety of NHS mental health services. My key focus is to help my clients overcome a wide range of difficulties. I believe that a collaborative approach goes a long way to understanding the process of change.
Over time I have developed a special interest in relationship issues between couples, siblings, friendships, teams and groups. How we feel about ourselves can influence how we relate to others and vice versa. Therapy offers a safe context to help individuals feel better about themselves and in turn to feel more connected to others.
Clients bring a range of difficulties to therapy including relationship and communication concerns, low mood and depression, anxiety, stress, eating disorders and life cycle age related themes. Understanding communication in the context of our relationships goes a long way in changing patterns of interaction that can often feel quite stuck.
If you want to find out more please get in touch either by phone or email. I aim to reply to your enquiry within 24 hours. I welcome an opportunity to talk though any concerns you may have. I do this by a no charge phone consultation before any initial meeting is arranged.
Getting help can sometimes follow long periods of wondering what to do and trying out different things that may help to distract you. Perhaps the thought of talking to an unknown person is anxiety provoking – this is very common. You may not know what to expect, or feel concerned that talking will bring up painful emotions or memories.
The initial consultation or first session – if we both feel a first meeting would be appropriate I will arrange a mutually convenient time so we can explore what you would like to work on and for you to share more detail about where you are at. I use this time to assess your concerns so we can agree a possible plan for therapy that will be useful and also to give you information about me and the approach I take.
Starting therapy - If you wish to return we will agree some simple goals for the first six sessions and then review progress made by then. This review will also be an opportunity to identify any further support you may need. I offer fairly short term interventions from 6-16 sessions but can be flexible depending on the therapeutic needs of each client.
I offer hourly appointments during the day and early evening clinics at a Stoke Newington location. I also offer home visits and therapy in a home setting if this is felt to be mutually appropriate.
As mentioned earlier I have a collaborative style and remain empathic to your concerns and to your context. In order to introduce doing things differently, I focus on exploring ideas from your perspective and from those perspectives of others to whom you are close. I believe that in order to take gradual steps towards change, gentle pushing from the therapist is helpful.
I am an experienced family systemic psychotherapist, clinical supervisor and counsellor. I work with individuals, couples and families and firmly uphold the importance of developing a meaningful therapeutic relationship in order for something different to emerge.
Training, qualifications & experience
Systemic and Family Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor
Professional registration with the UKCP (UK Council of Psychotherapy) and AFT (Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Psychotherapy)
Over 25 years of experience in a variety of settings including: the NHS, the voluntary sector and privately.
Freelance clinical trainer and consultant since the early noughties.
Teaching on MSc courses in Family Therapy (2002-2011), Mental Health Studies (2006-2009) at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London and the MSc in Nutrition and Eating Disorders at the Institute of Child Health, University College London 2011 ongoing.
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
From £60.00 to £100.00
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
Sliding scale of £60-100.00
Concessions will be discussed prior to first appointment. This is particularly relevant at the moment given the Covid-19 pandemic.
I offer appointments during business hours and early evenings. I also run a monthly Saturday clinic.
What is Systemic Family Psychotherapy?
“Family Systemic Psychotherapy helps people in close relationship help each other. It enables family members, couples and others who care about each other to express and explore difficult thoughts and emotions safely, to understand each other’s experiences and views, appreciate each other’s needs, build on strengths and make useful changes in their relationships and their lives. Individuals can find Family Therapy helpful, as an opportunity to reflect on important relationships and find ways forward.” (Association of Family Therapy & Systemic Practice, http://www.aft.org.uk/consider/view/consider.html).
Research over time highlights the benefit of Family and Systemic Psychotherapy for relationship difficulties, mental health issues, parenting issues, violence in close relationships and separation. More specifically, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), which provides national guidance and advice to improve health and social care, identifies couple and family therapies in the treatment guidelines for a variety of difficulties, such as depression, eating disorders, alcohol dependence, self-harm, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and personality disorders.