Penny Dennis, Reg.MBACP (Accred)
We all like to think we are in control of our lives and the choices we make dont we and yet life is itself unpredictable despite of or inspite of the choices we make resulting in us sometimes feeling sad, frightened, angry, uncertain and lost. One of the unpredictable elements of life is loss ,whether that is loss of our physical health, our mental health, employment, a relationship,our ageing process, the death of someone through suicide, sudden trauma or ill health and the loss of our own identity .Sometimes these elements of life and living are too much to deal with even with the most supportive friends and family in our lives. It is at these times that the value placed on having a professional, skilled, non judgemental person to truly listen to you as you adapt and learn to navigate your way through the storm is immeasurable
As a BACP Accredited Counsellor and previously Registered mental Health Nurse with over 35 yrs experience of working within the NHS and more recently the private sector I have both seen and experienced how individual counselling can enable us to resolve issues such as Anxiety, Generalised Anxiety disorder, Panic disorder, Depression, Bereavement, Work related stress, Relationship Conflicts, Low Self esteem, to name but a few.
I offer an initial session where we both decide whether we can work together and without meaning to make light of this very important process I liken it to one of choosing a pair of shoes.. We need to fit. The importance of the relationship between client and counsellor is paramount to the therapeutic process and so important in bringing about change.
Generally we agree a number of sessions and a point where we will review how it's progressing.
On occasions we will agree to exploring reading material or the trying out of techniques or coping mechanisms between sessions.
Training, qualifications & experience
worked as qualified mental health nurse both ward based and in the community for over 30 years.
worked as BACP accredited counsellor within Nhs and private practise for 17 years.
worked in adult education as Tutor on counselling training course for four years.
Gained RMN in 1991, now retired from Nhs.
Gained Diploma in Person Centred Counselling from Metanoua Institute in 1999.
Have acquired numerous certificates enabling me to offer the following approaches in my practice: brief focus solution therapy, transactional analysis, brief cognitive behavioural therapy, Acceptance and commitment therapy and Mindfulness.
Registered / Accredited
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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
£55 a session.