Penny Annesley MSc Counselling MBACP (Accred)

Penny Annesley MSc Counselling MBACP (Accred)

About me

I offer down-to-earth, supportive counselling for when things are difficult. I offer a free initial 30 minute session to discuss your needs and how I work. I work in a constructive, person-centred way, following the pace of the client. I often use CBT methods and can work both short-term and long-term.

I work in Bishopston where i am based in a lovely, calm garden cabin. Sessions are 50 minutes long and I work with women and men, focusing on issues including anxiety, depression, relationship issues, bereavement, self esteem, panic, burn out chronic fatigue and concerns around bullying and problems in the workplace.

I am also a supervisor of counsellors, working with those in private practice and in organisations. For organisations I do a lot of work around workplace stress, burnout, secondary trauma, social anxiety and bullying.

Sessions cost £50 although concessions are sometimes available for students and low waged.

I am a BACP Accredited counsellor.

For more details please see my website (address at the top of this page).

Training, qualifications & experience

  • MSc in counselling from the University of Bristol
  • Diploma in counselling supervision
  • Accredited member of British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP)
  • Level 1 Narrative therapy
  • Diversity training (2016)
  • Reflective practice training (2017)
  • Trained in post natal depression
  • Update training in CBT (2014 and 2015)
  • Coaching training (2015)
  • Mindfulness training (2015 and 2016)
  • CBT for flashbacks (2015)

I have experience of counselling for the community counselling service Listen-In and for a charitable organisation, Kinergy, that works exclusively with people who have been sexually abused or raped.

I also worked as lead counsellor in an agency setting counselling vulnerable groups as part of a project linked with Newport University.

I supervise counsellors working in a variety of settings including mothers for mothers, St Mungos, Unseen, and supervise counsellors working in private practice. I offer low cost supervision to those who are new to private practice.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I did my MSc research into the impact of working with trauma and how to recognise the signs of secondary trauma. As a result of that I have worked a lot with organisations whose staff are at risk of burn out and run groups and do one to one work to help people reflect on the impact of their work and look at wellbeing and avoid burnout.

In my counselling practice I have worked mainly with women and worked a lot with relationship issues, postnatal issues and life transitions for women during the postnatal period of life.

I also provide a lot of coaching in my practice and look at ways that people can move forward and make positive changes.


Free initial 30 minute session. Thereafter £50 per session.

My standard rates for supervision is £50 per session. I also offer a concessionary rate for those new to private practice and to charitable organisations. Please contact me for more details.

Further information

I have a 15 year background in human rights law. Since re-training as a counsellor I have established my own successful private counselling practice which has been running for over seven years.

If you have any queries I can be contacted via email, phone or text prior to making an appointment.

Maps & Directions

Bristol, BS7

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


I work Monday to Friday and Saturday mornings. I have some availability during weekdays but evening slots are currently full.

Types of client

Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

I currently provide external supervision to counsellors working at a number of different organisations (including a homeless charity, a carers organisation and a charity for trafficked clients) as well as to counsellors working in private practice.

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