Motivated by a desire to help others, I started my professional life by studying law at Cardiff University and qualified as a solicitor. I started practice in law in New Zealand where I represented clients caught up in the criminal justice system. Moving back to the UK, I moved into the commercial world and practiced as an employment lawyer. However I discovered that a career in law did not satisfy my wish to help others, and so, having gained a lot of insight into myself through my own psychotherapy, I decided to train as a psychotherapist. I chose to study at the School of Psychotherapy at Regent's College London where I was awarded a Masters Degree in Psychotherapy & Counselling and a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling.
Whilst in training as a psychotherapist, I gained experience in a variety of settings, including an NHS Hospital where I worked as an Honorary Psychotherapist, community counselling services, and a university counselling service.
I no longer hold a solicitor's practicing certificate, and currently, alongside my psychotherapy practice, I work part-time as a Workplace Mediator helping individuals deal with their conflicts in the workplace. Whilst I make sure I keep my two professions completely separate, I find they complement each other and enable me to keep apace with developments in the workplace which many people find influence how they are within themselves.
Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy (Regent's University)
MA Psychotherapy & Counselling (City)
Accredited Mediator (Regent's University)
I am a Member of UKCP (United Kingdom for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and as such, I am bound by the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy and subject to the Professional Conduct Procedure currently in force.
Penny Cole Counselling is a professional private Counselling & Psychotherapy Service situated in Odiham, close to Basingstoke, Hook, Hartley Wintney, Fleet, Aldershot, Yateley & Farnborough.