Who I Am
My name is Penny. I am an integrative counsellor (PGdip,MBACP) with a friendly and gentle manner. I can help you with many issues such as anxiety, depression or panic disorder. I can draw upon a wide range of therapeutic tools as an integrative counsellor. This can help you with the issues you wish to work through in counselling in a way that truly is geared to your very personal needs.
I approach sessions with those who I help from a very person-centred way, respecting the fact that each person knows themselves and their journey in life better than anyone else. I believe that what a person feels and how they see life is integral to their unique healing and the work we may do together. I feel that counselling and therapy can support you in your emotional journey throughout life, whether I support you for a few weeks or years. Whether you are experiencing anxiety, depression,relationship issues, loss, trauma, abuse, low self-esteem, identity issues or other emotional challenges, I can support you emotionally through this caring counselling service.
Supporting You Safely and Ethically
I approach the work I do with those I help in a friendly, warm manner. As a BACP member, I put a high priority on solid therapeutic ethics, based on the BACP ethical framework, which includes important qualities such as being honest, integral and fair. I feel it's very important to support every individual uniquely and feel that each person has the right to be free to express their uniqueness without judgment and invasion of a their very individual way of experiencing life . I adhere to important ethical issues which include privacy, confidentiality, and clear ethical boundaries.
A Warm, Flexible Place to Meet
Therapy is offered face to face in Brighton or in the beautiful Sussex countryside where there is an option to walk and talk, or sit in the comfort of a tranquil farm house within the lovely countryside environment. I also offer telephone counselling and online counselling.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am trained in the following
- Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Therapy (PGdip)
- Cert In Transactional Analysis (TA101)
- BACP Approved Training in Counselling Children and Young People
- Suicide Prevention Trained (ASIST)
- Accredited Mentor (NMPP)
I currently work with survivors of rape, sexual abuse, including childhood sexual abuse. I Have an in depth knowledge around issues related to rape and sexual abuse.
- I also have additional Rape Crisis Training and Workforce Development Training (WFD) in, Supporting Suicidal Survivors, Safeguarding and Safeguarding children, supporting Trans* Survivors, as well as Sex and Intimacy Issues For Survivors
I also council individuals who identify as Highly Sensitive People (HSP) and have a good knowledge and understanding in relation to how life can be experienced by HSP's, such as sensory processing sensitivity (SNS) which include experiences such as deep cognitive processing and emotional response. I also have an understanding of other HSP issues such as relationship issues.
I have counselling experience with young people, including teenagers. I also have experience helping support young people who are visually impaired, as well as youngsters who have additional needs.
I currently co manage Sensing Friends which supports young people dealing with emotional issues around social exclusion. I have gained further WFD training in working within groups with young people.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Highly Sensitive People
First session - Free
Face to face - Fees are on a sliding scale between £30- £40.00. If unemployed Concessionary rates available
Online - Fees are on a sliding scale between £25- Consesssionary rates available.
As well as offering counselling in Brighton and online, I also offer counselling in a calm country setting in the sussex. This may suit some people, particularly those suffering from anxiety or depression, who wish to have a calm tranquil setting to explore the issues.