Penny West Dip Couns MBACP (Accred)
I'm an experienced counsellor working with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, loss trauma & life crises. Together we'll explore the challenges & difficulties you may be facing so you can go into the future with renewed confidence & motivation.
What are you looking for?
I work with adults and young people facing various difficulties : depression, anxiety, relationship issues, loss, trauma and life crises.
How I work
I am trained as Biographical Counsellor.
In our sessions we would look at your current difficulties and the important events of your life. We would begin to make sense of what has led you to where you are now, how this is affecting you in the present and where this could take you constructively in the future. We would look at what is important to you, what is painful, what is helpful, and what you would like to be different.
The process would be guided by what you would wish to explore. Through looking at your life in this way it may become clearer to you how you can work with your challenges and find new ways to go into the future with a greater sense of well-being.
I have worked with people with a wide variety of ages and difficulties that can occur in life.
I also have a wide experience of working with young people and can offer support to parents and carers of children and young people.
In 2000 I changed direction and trained as a Biographical Counsellor. I had previously worked with and taught young people with learning disabilities and mental health problems for many years. I have also spent time creating and teaching weaving and pottery. My work as a counsellor has been enhanced by my previous experiences and I find that the process of counselling is similar to many creative processes. It requires time, care and concentration in a warm and supportive environment. This helps something new to grow, to change and develop in a person.
I have worked as a counsellor for the last sixteen years, mainly at St Luke’s NHS Practice in Stroud, which is now St Luke’s Therapy Centre, and in other venues in Stroud.
I work with individuals, both adults of any age and young people. We can work for just a few sessions or can work longer which would give time to go into more depth. A session is sixty minutes and I find it most useful to work weekly. I offer a free thirty minute introductory session.
For more information please do contact me
Training, qualifications & experience
2000-2004 Diploma in Biographical Counselling
2010 Accredited member of BACP
Member of Professional Association of Biographical Counsellors
I am a member of BACP and abide by its Code of Ethics
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
I charge £40 a session and can offer concessions in some situations.
If you wish you can contact me for a conversation and further information.
St Luke's Therapy Centre has its own car park, is in easy walking distance of the centre of Stroud and is on bus routes.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I can offer daytime and evening appointments.
Types of client