Pensive Counselling / Penny Sofroniou (Bsc, Dip.Couns, MNCS Prof Accred)
Stressed out and depressed?
Feel like nobody understands?
Embarrassed or ashamed about your problems?
My name is Penny, I'm a qualified and professionally accredited counsellor and since 2014 I've been helping people get to the root of what is causing their problems, and supporting them in finding ways to change their lives for the better.
- Why should I bother? Our mental health is just as important as our physical health. When your mental health is suffering, you can reach out to a professional counsellor who can help you get through it.
- But I’m doing OK… Therapy doesn’t have to be something you only turn to when things are reaching breaking point; it can be really helpful to have as part of your wider support network that can help you feel more resilient to every day stresses (like an extra safety net).
- What can I expect? We can have an initial session, during which we can discuss what you are struggling with and what you would like to work towards. If you feel our first session goes well, we can discuss how many sessions you would like going forward.
- Will it help? Exploring your thoughts and feelings with me in a confidential, safe and non-judgemental environment can help to bring about a change within you. It’s quite common to gain a sense of relief, knowing you have a place to express your innermost thoughts to non-judgemental ears. By the end of our journey together, you may well feel a deeper sense of understanding and acceptance, a sort of inner peace.
If you choose me as your counsellor, you can expect our sessions to be a safe and confidential space to explore the things that are troubling you, and through our sessions you can hope to gain some understanding, clarity and insight to yourself and your issues.
Training, qualifications & experience
With a combined 9 years of training/study in psychology and counselling, I'm a qualified integrative counsellor and an accredited professional registrant of the National Counselling Society (NCS).
I believe that everyone has the ability to grow and fulfil their potential. I am there to support this process by being genuine, striving to understand each persons experiences, and being free from judgement.
I also feel that our past experiences have an impact on our present situations, and aim to uncover these patterns through exploration and discussion. It's also important to know that sometimes our thoughts and perceptions of events can affect our feelings and behaviour.
I have successfully delivered long term play therapy (Place2be) sessions to primary school aged children and spent 2 years as part of the The BRIT school Counselling team (14- 18 years old) seeing staff and pupils.
Alongside my private practice, I also work as a Specialist Mentor to university students.
During my psychology degree I studied in depth around common and complex mental health issues, and of the different types of counselling/talking treatments available. I was fascinated by it and wanted to study and train further in this field.
Since 2014 I've been a counsellor in various settings, including a GP Surgery, an LGBT charity, a carer charity, and multiple schools. I have worked with children, adolescents and adults, ranging in ages from 6 to 65+ years old.
- Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (QCF) (European Qualifications Framework Level 5) (CPCAB)
- Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies (CPCAB)
- Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (CPCAB)
- Bsc (hons) Psychology (BPS)
Continuous Professional Development (CPD)
As part of my profession, I am expected to be continuously seeking out new learning opportunities that maintain, improve and broaden my knowledge and skills as a counsellor. My training was adult focused, and since qualifying I have broadened my knowledge and skills to include children and adolescents/young people.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
LGBTQ+ related issues
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£25 initial session
£50 per 50 minute face to face session
£50 per 50 minute online session
£30 per 50 minute session for trainee counsellors
£25 Cancellation/Non-attendance fee
**Please note: my counselling space is not suitable for those with cat allergies**
I offer short term therapy (6-8 sessions) and long term therapy (12-16 sessions, open-ended), both face to face in Wickford and online.
Having online counselling cuts out the stress of commuting to a session and allows more flexibility for session time availability. If home is your safe space, having online counselling can help you to feel more at ease during sessions.
If you would like more information about working with me, please feel free to get in touch. We'll usually arrange to have a 10 minute phone call to see if we can work together to help you feel better.
If you're still deciding, feel free to check out my website for more info on how I can help.
Accredited Professional Registrant of the National Counselling Society, NCS18-07377
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday to Friday 8am - 8pm Saturday 9am -1pm
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|