Polly Penrose BA, M.Sc. PGCE, Dip. Counselling, MBACP

Polly Penrose  BA, M.Sc. PGCE, Dip. Counselling, MBACP



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About me

I offer a warm, understanding and non-judgemental approach in a calm, confidential environment, where you will be valued as an individual and listened to thoughtfully and sensitively, to whatever you want to talk about.

I see my role as supporting and enabling you, as we work together in collaboration. I can help you to explore your thoughts and feelings and clarify your situation; to understand yourself better and develop in a way that suits you, empowering you to manage your difficulties and make the changes in your life that you want to make.

I have experience of working with a broad range of client issues (see Areas of Counselling, below) and also have a specialism of working with clients with post-natal depression. I offer a free half-hour try-out session where we can chat about how I work; for you to ask any questions about the counselling and see if I'm what you're looking for.

I trained as a professional Integrative counsellor: essentially a Person-centred practitioner, I can also flexibly draw on other ways of working, tailored to your needs, such as Psychodynamic, Transactional Analysis, Mindfulness, Creative approaches, or CBT.

Originally from an Arts Education background, I bring extensive experience of working with people of different ages and cultures; in-depth experience too of relationships and workplace challenges.

I enjoy travel, reading, crafts, vintage and music.

Client Feedback

I found Polly to be an excellent counsellor. She listened to me and I felt like she really cared about my thoughts and feelings.

I’m coping a lot better now with less anxiety than before.

Polly showed me compassionate understanding and helped me gain insight into my problems. I can’t thank her enough for what she did for me.

I’m able to listen to my own needs much more and take more control of my life.

Polly is a great listener. She helped me work through issues and get through a dark place.  Her help was invaluable.

Training, qualifications & experience

Professional Membership

I am a Registered Member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)

Qualifications and Training

-Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling (University of the West of England) – Accredited by BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)

-Certificate in Advanced Counselling Skills (City of Bath College)

-Certificate in Intermediate Counselling Skills (City of Bath College)

Other Qualifications

-Foundation in Art Therapy (City of Bath College) - Accredited by the British Association of Art Therapists

-Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (University College London, Institute of Education)

-M.Sc. in Architecture History (University College London)

-BA in History of Art (University College London)


I work as a counsellor in private practice and also have experience of counselling for:

-Bristol Mind

-One in Eight Community Project Centre

-Bristol Drugs Project (BDP) - drugs and alcohol addiction

-Mothers for Mothers (clients with post-natal depression)

Before becoming a professional counsellor, I worked as an educator in collages, schools, art museums and community centres.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Student issues
Women's issues
Mid-Life issues


£40 per session.

A free half-hour session is available, where you can try out whether working with me would suit you and ask any questions you may have about the counselling.

Further information

Further Information

I work from my practice in Bishopston, just off the Gloucester Road (A38), on bus routes 71, 72, 73, 75, 76, or if arriving by car, there is free on-street parking nearby.

If you would like to have a chat to find out more, please text or leave a voicemail on 0791 4896 078 and I can call you back.

Maps & Directions

Bishopston, BS7

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: French


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No


Wednesdays and Thursdays: daytime and evenings

Types of client

Older adults