Alison Penfold

Alison Penfold

Registered Member MBACP (Accredited)

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Therapist - Bath

Bath BA2
Sessions from £70.00


  • Flexible hours available

About me and my therapy practice

Having first established my practice in London since 2010, I began my practice in central Bath in 2019.

I believe the most vital ingredient in successful therapy, is the relationship between therapist and client.

Therapy can support you in gaining new perspectives, developing a richer awareness of yourself and understanding the way that you are in relationships with others. This enables choices which enhance your life. The most important aspect of therapy, can be the 'space' in which you can talk about painful feelings and feel supported in recognising difficulties which you have unsuccessfully been trying to ignore for some time.

From a performing arts background, I worked for many years as a classical singer. Drawing on my combined experience, I am a Registered Therapist for the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM).  My understanding and experience in this area enables me to work effectively with clients experiencing other performance related issues, at work, in educational environments and in competitive sporting situations. I have extensive experience of supporting Creative Artists including writers, painters and performers.

I have an Advanced Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory, and a BA Hons Degree in Integrative Counselling.  I have been awarded Accredited Member Status with the BACP and have since completed extensive CPD,  with a particular focus on Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse and Trauma Recovery. 

To support my work with couples, I have obtained a certificate from COSRT (College of Sexual and Relationship Therapy) and have attended brief CPD training at the Tavistock Institute for Couples Therapy.

I provide additional support for clients who work the Twelve Steps of Addicts Anonymous and for family members of both recovering addicts and those who have not yet found recovery.  

Practice description

As an Integrative Therapist, I  use a combined approach in the way I work, very much dependent on your needs. Whilst seeing you as an individual and aiming to offer equal humanity in our sessions, I will also share perspectives, reflections and some relevant psycho-education borne from my experience and training, where I believe it to be helpful to you.

Therapy can be a different experience dependent on your specific needs at the time and your individual journey.  As well as gaining increased awareness (of self and others) from our sessions, I also focus on self-care, the relationship you have with yourself and the practice of self compassion, something which truthfully might feel strange and unfamiliar at first!  

Optimally, our therapy sessions will support you to achieve balance, hope and meaning in your life.

My first session

Our first session is the same cost and length as any subsequent sessions. It provides an opportunity for information gathering.  We can discuss the help you feel you need and how I might best support you on your journey. We can also discuss alternative and /or additional support that might be helpful for you, where appropriate.

I aim to leave time to discuss practical issues like times, regularity and the possible duration of therapy. I am aware that sometimes your need to talk about the issues that led you to seek help, might make it more realistic to gather and discuss this over the first couple of sessions, dependant on your needs.

In some instances, it might be helpful to specifically book a longer first session. Please ask me about this ahead of meeting if this seems like a better option for you and I can advise you of the cost and availability of this.

What I can help with

Abuse, Addictions, AIDS/HIV, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cancer, Child related issues, Cultural issues, Depression, Development coaching, Health related issues, Life coaching, Loss, Menopause, Men's issues, Obsessions, Personal development, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Relationships, Self esteem, Service veterans, Sex-related issues, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Vegan allied, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

CBT, Eclectic, Existential, Gestalt, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Phenomenological, Psychodynamic, Relational, Transpersonal

Clients I work with

Adults, Couples, Older adults, Organisations, Young people

How I deliver therapy

Long term sessions, Long-term face-to-face work, Online therapy, Short term sessions, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone therapy