When we struggle it can be hard to know where to turn. Penny provides a comfortable supportive listening environment, free of judgement, for clients to talk openly and safely about their troubles, own their voice and feel valued. She sees her role as helping clients in their life journey, offering a platform from which to express, explore and work through personal difficulties together. Talking about painful feelings and thoughts, gaining awareness and self-knowledge, can help clients find new and helpful ways to move forward. She works integratively which means that she uses a range of approaches, according to each client’s own very individual needs. Penny aims to help clients identify, process and manage their emotions, offering a warm, secure and nurturing space for them to find solutions, build resilience and improve their lives.
Penny has a varied background; she has lived and studied in France, worked in finance in the City, trained to be a qualified teacher and moved into higher education. She has worked with practitioners in the field of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, managing a college and supporting staff and students for 15 years. She currently works with a leading London university. Her role as a parent, her exposure to a variety of different environments, people and contexts, have given Penny an insight into the wide range of problems we can all sometimes face. Penny has experience of helping people in distress and understands the different types of pressures and events that can come up, sometimes unexpectedly. Her own life changes have also guided her in shaping her approach. She offers caring support in areas of stress, depression, anxiety, life transitions, self-esteem, anger and relationship troubles.
Penny works as an integrative counsellor and holds BACP registration. She works within The Awareness Centre’s NHS counselling service and sees patients at a GP surgery in Wallington, Sutton. She is working towards an advanced diploma in therapeutic counselling.