Penny Howarth

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(Selby Counselling) Registered MBACP Counsellor & Supervisor
Available for new clients
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This professional is available for new clients.

Selby, YO8 4QQ
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I offer Counselling in Selby town centre, where I have worked for many years and have become established within the local community. I work with Adults.  In addition to face to face sessions I offer SKYPE and telephone sessions.

I have many years experience working with a wide range of issues and I am a Registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Pyschotherapy (BACP).  

You are an individual and I will work with you in a way that reflects that individuality. I am an Integrative Counsellor, this means that I will draw on a number of approaches and techniques in my work with you.

Whichever way I work, the most important thing is that I will work hard to create a good therapeutic relationship between us. I will provide warmth and empathy together with a safe space where confidentiality is maintained and you will have the opportunity to work with whatever is troubling you without fear of judgement.

At our first meeting we will discuss what you hope to achieve from counselling and we will agree a way forward together. You may find that just a few sessions are all you need or you may have issues that you wish to look at in more depth.

If you are struggling  to decide I will be happy to talk to you without any pressure or obligation; to help you figure out if this is the right time for you and if I am someone you feel you could work with.

In addition to working with adults in many settings my experience extends to many counselling charities including positions as Service Manager at York Women's Counselling, Operations Manager at RELATE and Head of Childrens' Services at Community Counselling in Malton.

I also currently work as a counsellor for NHS England and recently as Clinical Supervisor at York St John Universtiy. Prior to becoming a Counsellor I worked in Social Care for many years.

Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma in Supervision - Leeds Centre for Psychological Development 

PG Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP accredited)
Diploma in Social Care
TA  101

Registered Member of the BACP

Additional Training Specific to Adults:

  • Working with Relational Trauma - Dissociation
  • Safeguarding issues in Counselling
  • Working with Self-Esteem
  • Person-Centred Creative Therapy
  • Working at Relational Depth
  • R.E.S.T programme (Advanced Psychotherapeutic Techniques for working with Sleep disorders)
  • Ethics & the Law
  • Existential Counselling & Psychotherapy - contributions to Pluralistic practice
  • Creative Techniques in therapy
  • Disordered Eating
  • Understanding the Dynamics of Attachment

I am the first choice provider for many local businesses including Crombie Wilkinson, JWP Creers, aswell as working with National Employee Assistance Programmes

(I hold an enhanced DBS)

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have a particular interest in the individuals Emotional response to illness - being told you have a life altering/life threatening illness can be difficult to cope with. Talking to someone who understands can help to bring perspective and also help you with coping strategies.

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£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

My standard fee for a 1 hour session is:

£50 for Individuals
£40 for Counselling students personal therapy

Fees are payable by BACs prior to the booked session.

Further information

If you contact me by email, please include a contact telephone number

Selby Counselling, Community House, Portholme Road, Selby, YO8 4QQ

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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Wheelchair user access
Wheelchair user access

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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.

I work from a first floor room which has lift access. There are also ramps into the building for those with limited mobility and for wheelchair access. The building has toilets for those with additional needs.

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I have availability for supervisees currently and will provide a safe and trusting setting for you to develop and explore your practice.

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Penny Howarth
Penny Howarth