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 the legal system cannot assist in the resolution of emotional difficulties, and so, having gained a lot of insight into myself through my own psychotherapy, I decided to train as a psychotherapist. I studied 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.
Between 2007 and 2020, alongside my psychotherapy practice, I worked part-time as a Workplace Mediator helping individuals deal with their conflicts in the workplace. Whilst I made sure I kept my two professions completely separate, I found they complemented each other and enabled me to keep apace with developments in the workplace which many people find influence how they are within themselves.
In 2020 I moved from Hampshire to Kington in Herefordshire, where I set up my psychotherapy and counselling practice. I no longer undertake commissions to conduct workplace mediations and currently concentrate my efforts on my practice.
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 Kington, Herefordshire, close to Eardisley, Presteigne, Weobley and Leominster.