How I work


Our first meeting is an important mutual process during which I will learn something about your needs and wishes and assess whether I can help, and you will assess how you feel talking to me and whether or not you would like to begin therapy with me. I do not keep a waiting list, and will not offer you an assessment appointment unless I have space to begin work with you.

I offer open ended therapy which allows you to come until you feel you have achieved what you want to and we agree that you are ready to end. Your appointments will be at the same time on the same day every week.

“Learn your theories well, but put them down when faced with the miracle of a living human soul.”
Carl Jung

Some examples of why people come to therapy

  • Past or recent traumatic experience
  • Post Traumatic Stress
  • Domestic Violence
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bereavement and Loss
  • Relationship breakdown
  • Conflict and stress in the family or the workplace
  • Unemployment
  • Fearfulness
  • Low self Esteem
  • Problematic relations
  • Bullying at work or school
  • Social Difficulties
  • Loss of meaning or direction in life
  • Difficulty managing feelings
  • Social discomfort
  • Difficulties with food
  • Self Harm
  • Substance abuse
  • Feelings of emotional exhaustion and loss of interest
  • Commencement of training as a therapist or mental health professional
  • A desire to review and understand your life and feel more centred in yourself or more comfortable in your relationship with yourself
  • Entering training as a therapist or mental health professional

People to whom I offer Psychotherapy and Counselling include

  • Teens over fourteen
  • Adults
  • Psychotherapists, Counsellors and Psychologists in training
  • Members of the armed services and rescue services and their family members (Find me on The Long Boat Home)


  • I accept self-referrals from individuals - Contact Me 
  • Referrals from Social Care agencies
  • Charities supporting patients and their relatives through difficult times
  • Insurance agencies. (Please check that I am able to accept a referral from your insurer before deciding to come to me for therapy)


What you talk about in psychotherapy is private and will remain confidential with one rare but important exception which all therapists must abide by. If I believe that you or another individual may be at serious risk of harm I may need to disclose this. I would always discuss this very carefully with you before taking any action.

Other Services

  • Consultation, training and supervision to qualified and trainee Psychotherapists, Counsellors, Psychologists, and other mental health professionals
  • Reports for insurance purposes
  • Expert witness assessments for the legal profession
“A theory is a tool to work with not a recipe to live by”
Erik Erickson

Contact Me

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Penny Blake | Counselling Psychologist | Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist
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07791 380266