Penny Maddrell MA, UKCP registered therapist
I have experience of working online and am currently conducting sessions either online or by phone, or in person in a Covid-secure environment where needed for a client's wellbeing. Working remotely can feel a little strange to begin with, but my experience is that using video calls, or voice calls where preferred, can work well.
Psychotherapy involves a confidential, professional relationship, to think together about your life. You may have felt depressed, anxious or angry for some time, or you may want help to find your way through a short-term problem. You might have a chronic illness that interferes with your emotional as well as physical well-being.
Some people have difficulties they can't easily talk to friends or family about. Some people want to get a better understanding of experiences they have had, to help them move ahead.
As well as thinking and talking about your experiences, psychotherapy can involve attention to body sensations and feelings it is not easy to find words for. You may remember bits of dreams, or you may describe situations using visual images that occur to you. Whatever comes up can turn out to be meaningful, even when it doesn’t seem to make any obvious sense at first.
My training was in a mindfulness-based type of psychotherapy. Mindfulness means paying attention to what is happening at this very moment, without judging it. Although there has been a lot of talk about mindfulness in recent years, psychotherapy has always involved close attention to what seems to be happening right here, right now, between the two people in the room, and thinking about what that tells us. This can help you become aware of painful or limiting ways of managing that you may have developed through your life. Growing awareness can help you to loosen these strategies and live with more choice and ease.
My work location for in-person work is near the Histon Road/B1049 in the northwestern part of Cambridge. It's easy to come in by car from Junction 32 of the A14, or it takes about 30 minutes to walk (or 12 to cycle) from the centre of Cambridge.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been working with clients in private practice for over 12 years and am registered with the UK Council for Psychotherapy - registration number 07158940.
I trained at Karuna Institute in Devon between 2003 and 2009, leading to an MA in Core Process Psychotherapy. My continuing professional development since then has included a 12-day training in working with trauma, with Babette Rothschild, and further learning from psychodynamic approaches.
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I have worked with people from their late teens to late 60s, facing a wide range of life situations and challenges.
I am currently working remotely by video calls or phone. I also work face to face in a COVID-secure environment where needed for a client’s wellbeing.
Ben jij Nederlandstalig?
Mijn moedertaal is Engels maar ik heb in Nederland gewoond en ik versta goed Nederlands. Je kunt daarom gewoon Nederlands met me praten als je dat wilt. Ik zal waarschijnlijk (deels) Engels terug moeten spreken, maar misschien is het voor jou prettiger om je in je eigen moedertaal uit te drukken.