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Penny Annesley MSc Counselling MBACP (Accred)

Bristol, BS7
07779 791505 07779 791505 Registered / Accredited

About me

Throughout the Covid-19 isolation period I am offering counselling online via zoom or via telephone or FaceTime instead of in person. 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)
  • 8 week course in nutrition for mental health (2018)
  • 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 a community counselling service and for a charitable organisation, 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.

I supervise counsellors working in a number of charities as well as supervising counsellors working in private practice. I work with supervisees who are new to private practice and keen to establish and build their work and with those who are experienced in their work and private practice. I began my private practice a

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.

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.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis


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.

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access


I have some flexibility during the day for taking on new counselling clients. Supervision availability: I currently have one space for supervision available.

Types of client

Employee Assistance Programme


I have worked as a counselling supervisor for over five years.

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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Penny Annesley MSc Counselling MBACP (Accred)

Penny Annesley MSc Counselling MBACP (Accred)