For the struggle

and beyond

Hello, I'm Penny

I understand that life can sometimes be difficult and we may feel overwhelmed or unsure what to do next. But I'm hopeful that things can get better and I believe with the right support everyone has the potential to flourish again.

I offer you the chance to look at your struggles in a safe, confidential and collaborative way over a number of weeks or months. I listen and respect your feelings and thoughts; help you accept what has happened whilst also supporting you to make the changes you choose in your life.

I work in Private Practice in Witney offering my clients the choice of face to face or online counselling. I am happy to discuss what suits you best and will then send you information about what happens next.

I work one to one with adults and I’m interested in you as an individual in your own unique situation. I try to be anti-discriminatory in all the work we do together and I am curious about your experience of life, recognising that it may be different from mine.

I'm an Accredited Counsellor within the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I work within their Ethical Framework and I have demonstrated my commitment to high standards which safeguard you as a client.

I have experience of empowering a wide range of clients in difficult relationships or situations to make changes in their lives. This includes clients experiencing long term illness, loneliness, loss and grief as well survivors of domestic violence. I've also worked with people who want to explore their feelings or look at how their spirituality and beliefs are having an impact in their lives. 

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My Approach

I'm a experienced and accredited Integrative Counsellor. The main approach I use is person centred but I offer other approaches as well to help you get what you want from counselling. These may include psycho education to help you understand and accept what is happening, strategies to help you cope with overwhelming feelings or creative ways of exploring your situation.

Counselling isn’t about giving you solutions or advice but empowering you to make your own changes. It's about helping you find your voice and sharing your journey. At our first session we can chat about how we might work together and you can choose what is most helpful for you as we go along.

Our therapeutic relationship is important and is built on trust, respect and honesty. I listen, encouraging your curiosity and compassion as well as gently challenging the way you experience life and relate to others. I am empathetic and genuine, accepting you are as you are without judging.

My clients tell me I provide a safe space to explore and I've made a difference in many of their lives.

What’s Your Struggle?

I can help you explore a variety of struggles including:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • loss and bereavement
  • stress
  • self confidence
  • difficult relationships
  • life events and significant illness such as cancer
  • feelings and emotions
  • loneliness
  • spirituality

How do we work together?

We will meet weekly, especially at the beginning when we are building our therapeutic relationship.

Depending how you want to work with me, we may meet over a period of weeks or over a number of months.

We’ll review the counselling process regularly to make sure it is meeting your needs.

Meeting Your Needs

As well as offering psycho education, coping strategies and creative ways to explore what is happening and understand yourself, I offer:

  • to walk and be with you in our sessions
  • to listen and witness your story
  • the chance to look at your family history or childhood
  • hope in and beyond your current situation

Sometimes we need to focus on ourselves, our health and wellbeing. It’s okay!

Next Steps

It takes courage to come to counselling... breaking it down into steps can make it easier.

Complete the contact form:

  • I will contact you to arrange a brief (15 minute) telephone chat so we can get to know each other.
  • If you decide to work with me then I will send you information about what happens next.
  • This includes arrangements for meeting together along with my Terms and Conditions and Data Protection and Privacy Policy.

At our first session we will:

  • discuss your needs, the support you have and what you want to get from counselling
  • talk about confidentiality and risk of harm
  • agree how we will work together and our focus
  • discuss and agree our therapeutic contract and an initial number of sessions
  • agree what you will pay for counselling

We will review our work regularly

  • to see what’s working and what we may want to change
  • to talk about new insights and understanding
  • to agree a new focus or plan

Our counselling sessions need us to have a private personal space and “be fit to work.” If I feel this is not the case, I would discuss the issue with you and we would agree a way forward. 

You can decide to end our counselling at any point but some final closing sessions are recommended so we can complete our work and finish well.

Get in touch

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about how counselling works, or to arrange an initial assessment appointment. This enables us to discuss the reasons you are thinking of coming to counselling, whether it could be helpful for you and whether I am the right counsellor to help.

You can also call me on 07432200371 if you would prefer to leave a message or speak to me first. I am happy to discuss any queries or questions you may have prior to arranging an initial appointment.

All enquires are usually answered within 24-48 hours, and all contact is strictly confidential and uses secure phone and email services.

About Me

For the past 5 years I’ve worked in Willows Counselling Service in Swindon and in Welcome Counselling Service in Witney counselling adults from a wide range of backgrounds and life experiences.

Before deciding to become a therapeutic counsellor, I worked for many years in education; as a teacher, headteacher and adviser. I learnt that working with someone who is knowledgeable and empathetic can help us make sense of what is going on and develop confidence in ourselves.

My own life experiences have shown me that we can’t control everything. But when a bereavement or significant illness happens, counselling can help us recognise our inner strength and begin to heal.

For me it's rewarding to share your journey, help you find your voice and make the changes you want in your life.

• CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

• Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling

• Degree in Psychology

• MA in Education

My location

My counselling room is based at the Witney Therapy Centre, 2a Corn Street, Witney, Oxon. OX28 6BL. I see clients from Witney and Oxfordshire as well as the surrounding areas including: Faringdon, Burford, Carterton, Chipping Norton and Swindon.

Fees & availability

Like most counsellors, I offer 50 minute sessions and I charge between £40 and £50 per session. Within this price range, I offer a limited number of spaces for those on low income or for students. Contact me to enquire about availability or we'll talk about these when we meet.

I accept payment by bank transfer before the session begins.

Any counselling sessions cancelled with less than 24 hours notice will be charged in full. However in addition, cancellations of in person counselling sessions with less than 48 hours will be charged the room booking fee.

My Data Protection and Privacy Policy is available here.

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