Penny Staniforth BA (hons) MBACP
Through life, we go through changes and events, both physically and emotionally. Sometimes these are positive, although some can be difficult. Counselling can support you through recent changes and events or past ones that may still be unsettling. Counselling can also help if you are feeling stuck in patterns or cycles unable to move towards positive change.
Counselling is not about offering advice, it offers a safe and non-judgemental environment in which you can explore and reflect on your thoughts and feelings and difficulties that arise in life. Talking through difficulties can often help you understand and recognise your thoughts and feelings more, offering new perspectives, alleviating pain, enabling you to make better choices in life and find coping strategies. All of which will help to create stability in life.
I am an Integrative counsellor, meaning that I tailor the therapy to suit each individual. The sessions will be tailored using a range of approaches including Humanistic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Psychodynamic Therapy.
I can assist with a range of difficulties including depression, stress, anger, panic attacks, obsessional compulsive behaviour, bereavement, self-esteem, family and relationship concerns and career/life choices. Whatever your reasons for attending counselling I am here to listen.
I understand that people have varied background, cultures, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation, amongst many other diverse areas in life, which I show sensitivity towards.
Counselling is an individual process which takes a unique journey that may be difficult at times, though can be rewarding. It is important that you share this journey with someone that you can feel comfortable with. I offer an initial free telephone consultation giving you an opportunity to find out more about how I work and what I could offer.
Training, qualifications & experience
BA Hons in Counselling Solutions
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Certificate in Counselling Studies
Online and Telephone Counselling
I have Professional Development Training/Workshops in many subjects including Domestic/Sexual Violence, Suicide, Self-harm, Childhood Sexual Abuse, Childhood Sexual Exploitation, Bereavement, Anger Management, Dissociative Identity Disorder, Trauma and CEOP (Childhood Exploitation Online protection). I have experience working in an agency that focused on Domestic and Sexual Abuse along with another agency that focused on a variety of concerns.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Fees based on 60 minute sessions
£35 Face to face (currently unavailable)
£35 Online or telephone counselling
£25 Students/ Young Person (under 18)
An initial free telephone consultation can be offered. Daytime and Evening appointments are available.
I am able to offer face to face sessions from my counselling room, which is based in the town centre of Goole (Currently this is unavailable to government guidelines around Covid-19, however, I can offer telephone and online sessions.)
Concessions offered for
I am a Registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and work towards its code of ethics, including Confidentiality. I am fully insured and have monthly clinical supervision and regularly attend courses to enhance my professional skills in practice.