Penny Cartwright Dip.Couns.MBACP Registered
Hi my name is Penny and I am an experienced qualified registered Counsellor. Are you looking for support during a difficult time in your life? Feeling exhausted and unable to move forward with your feelings? Feeling little or no control in your life?
Most of us at some time in our life will experience situations that we find difficult to cope with. Sometimes we get to a point where we can’t see any light at the end of the tunnel and become overwhelmed with difficulties that are so challenging resulting in feeling extremely alone and stuck with no answers. It feels difficult to share with others so moving forward seems difficult or impossible resulting in feeling anxious and depressed with low self esteem and lacking motivation.
This is where I believe counselling can make such a difference.
I am a warm and empathic person-centred counsellor though I do integrate other approaches depending on the issues you are struggling with. I have a gentle but effective approach working with all age groups with a variety of issues including anxiety, stress, depression, sexual abuse, OCD,eating disorders, bereavement and relationship issues.
I work with individuals where one to one therapy provides an excellent opportunity to work through the difficulties you are struggling with while feeling listened to and feeling understood. Also couples counselling where I work with couples helping them work successfully through their relationship issues. Providing a safe trusting place where you can explore and begin to make sense of each other's feelings while feeling heard and understood.
I offer a dedicated private counselling room, providing a confidential and safe space for you to explore all feelings without being judged so you feel listened to, valued and understood. It will be a place where you’ll have the opportunity to explore your thoughts and feelings while in a safe comfortable environment with support and encouragement to gain some balance back in your life. Helping you find within the strength to make the changes needed to move forward with your life.
I also offer online therapy and telephone therapy for those that find it difficult to get to me.
Online has worked really well during this difficult time with Covid 19.
Having been through issues in my own life I fully appreciate the courage it takes to make this step in coming for counselling and feel it would be a privilege for me to work with you.
I offer a consultation where you can come and meet me and share the issues you’re struggling with. This I find helps you feel more settled to start your sessions. I can also answer any questions you may have by telephone or email.
I also work with trainee counsellors providing counselling therapy throughout their training.
I am also a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) And work within their ethical framework. This ensures you receive the best standard of practice at all times.
I look forward to hear from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Level 5 Higher Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (QCF)
Cruse Bereavement Training
Training in couples therapy.
Level 5 unit: Counselling Supervision.
Ongoing Professional Development and Training.
BACP Certificate of Proficiency
As well as working privately I have worked within a General Practice surgery and have worked with a bereavement organisation counselling in the community.
Further training includes
Relationship and Couples Counselling
Working with anxiety
Counselling with the elderly
Practising Mindfulness (awareness)
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
Solution focused brief therapy
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£40 per individual session.
£50 per couples
I offer reduced rates for student counsellors and anyone on a low income, these are subject to availability.