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Penny is a senior psychotherapist specialising in the treatment of eating disorders, and the people she treats usually have co-existing conditions such as depression, anxiety disorders or obsessive compulsive disorder. She has built up over 12,000 hours of supervised clinical practice over 20 years, exclusively seeing people with all types of eating disorder.
Her original training was in integrative psychotherapy at Roehampton Institute (University of Surrey), and she went on to train more extensively in attachment-based psychodynamic therapy. She incorporates other approaches and interventions where they have been empirically demonstrated to be of use for people with eating disorders. Although everyone she sees has some form of eating disorder, she recognises that underneath the exhausting and punitive preoccupation with food, exercise and body image they are still very much their own person with their own history and character. She never forgets this. She uses her gift of holding and containing the painful and intimate issues brought by her patients, allowing a safe place for them to be explored.
Penny worked as an independent psychotherapist with the Eating Disorder Unit at the Priory Hospital Roehampton for many years, seeing individual patients and running groups as part of their extensive therapy programme. Whilst there she was offered the post of EDU Consultant Psychotherapist but turned it down, preferring to remain working independently. She helped set up the Eating Disorders Unit at The Priory Hospital Brighton and Hove, supervising the team and running a psychotherapy group. She now sees individual patients in private practice at Wilbraham Place with her colleagues as a partner with the Chelsea and Harley Street Eating Disorder Service, and also runs a weekly support group for patients who are on the road to recovery.
Accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP membership no. 526916) and on Accredited Register of the Professional Standards Authority (registered no. 002402).
When: Wednesdays & Thursday afternoons
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