Hello, my name is Penny Wicks and I am a counsellor based in Canterbury, Kent.
People who come into counselling often want to know about their therapist and why not! So here is an insight to my life.
I qualified as a secondary teacher in 1984 and I quickly started to enjoy working pastorally with children and parents and finished my teaching career as a Head of Sixth Form. I decided to undertake the four years training as a counsellor and although a very hard and intensive training I thoroughly enjoyed it and have continued to keep up to date with ongoing training.
Life is full of ups and downs and I have experienced my own personal traumas and changes and counselling helped me to understand myself and become aware of how I can manage life more effectively. I hope that my professional and personal experience will give you the strength and confidence to move on in your life.
On a final note - I always remember one of my counselling tutors saying that she learns from her clients and that is so true.
Accreditation and qualifications
I am an accredited member of the BACP and abide by their Ethical Framework, I appear on the BACP register as Penelope Wicks and my membership number is 156142.
I have a fully enhanced DBS check (updated March 2022) and personal liability insurance.
I undertake safe guarding training and complete at least 30 hours of continuous professional development annually.
My qualifications include:
Certificate in Supervision (December 2020)
Practitioner Certificate in Couples Counselling (July 2013)
Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling - theory and practice (August 2008)
Certificate in Counselling (August 2006)
Advanced Certificate in Careers Education and Guidance (December 2000)
B.Ed Hons (August 1984)