About me

As individuals, on our own personal journeys, we all have different ways of coping with our emotional struggles in life. Sometimes we have support from others, and other times we have no one to turn to.

We occasionally get through the hard times by isolating ourselves through fear, overwhelm or sadness. In life we have choices to make and different paths to follow, in real life things go wrong and we lose ourselves in the business and responsibilities of everyday life. Events can unfold rapidly and we sometimes find ourselves being unable to cope or reach out, some days we feel that we have just had enough.

I believe that seeking an appropriate and caring counsellor can be supportive in giving you a safe, confidential space to be heard. We can look at different tools to help you through the tough days and coping strategies to explore overwhelming or confusing feelings and emotions.

I will respectfully work alongside you, at a pace that is comfortable to you. Together we can explore issues (big or small) to improve your quality of life and help you to feel more fulfilled.

We can look at different skills and methods that are suitable to you on assessment and discuss how you would like to move forward with the sessions. We can work long term or short term to suit your needs. I can work 1:1 or with couples, 18 years or older.

I am a fully qualified Integrative Counsellor with a person-centred approach and Humanistic values. I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and as such I am governed by their ethical framework within my counselling role. I also hold an advanced DBS check.

I am currently practicing from The Waverly Stores, 23 Lammas Street, Carmarthen, SA31 3AL, and Alliance Therapy Centre, 24 Kings Street, Carmarthen: Mondays Thursday, Friday and Saturdays from 9.00am until 8.00pm.

I am happy to receive texts or emails to discuss your personal needs or supply further information as requested. pennyskyrme@btinternet.com

Training, qualifications & experience

Training / Qualifications / Experience;

Diploma and Foundation Degree in Counselling, BA (Hons) Degree - First.

Previous placements; Bereavement Centre Glangwili Hospital, Psychological Wellbeing Service at Glangwili Hospital, MIND Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire Counselling Service, RELATE.

Experienced in Counselling Elite Sports people for Performance anxiety, Visualisation, Rehabilitation, Injury and Retirement.
Bereavement and loss.
Smoking Cessation.
Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

Main Courses attended recently; Infant & pregnancy loss, Body Psychotherapy, Complex Trauma / PTSD, Childhood sexual abuse, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Couples Counselling, Transactional Analysis (T.A.), Mindfulness, Self-Care, Visualisation and relaxation, Human Givens, Mental Health, Solution Focused Therapy and Neurobiology, Couples counselling and relational certificate.

Other experience;
Previous volunteer work with NSPCC School services to raise awareness of abuse.
Volunteer Welfare officer for local Swimming clubs for children and adults.
Background in Water sports, Sports Therapy, Swimming coaching and Rehabilitation classes for Cardiac and Pulmonary disease.

Member organisations


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

  • Elite Sports people
  • Performance anxiety
  • Sports injury / rehabilitation and retirement
  • Cardiac Disease / Pulmonary Disease
  • Adults who suffered Childhood sexual abuse
  • Complex grief
  • Pregnancy & Infant loss


From £35.00 to £60.00

Concessions offered for

  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

£40 per hour for individuals / face to face or online

£60 per hour for couples / face to face or online

£35  students, Veterans and OAP's / face to face or online


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday: The Waverly Stores, 23 Lammas Street, Carmarthen, SA31 3AL.  

Evenings available at other locations or online at zoom.  pennyskyrme@btinternet.com

Further information

Facebook; O'Pen Hearted Talking Therapy page


07850 699307

The Waverly Stores
23 Lammas Street
SA31 3AL

Alliance Therapy
24 King Street
Sir Gaerfyrddin
SA31 1BS

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

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.

This can be requested

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