Polly Penrose BA, M.Sc. PGCE, Dip. Counselling, MBACP
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.
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
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)
-Foundation in Art Therapy (City of Bath College) - Accredited by the British Association of Art Therapists
-Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (University of 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:
-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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
£40 per session. I also offer concessions (£30) for those on low incomes, including students.
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.
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
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mondays to Fridays: daytime and evenings
Types of client