I have worked in a private psychiatric hospital, treating both general psychiatry and eating disorders, for over 10 years. This has enabled me to work with a vast range of mental health conditions individually and within groups. I also have an understanding of addiction challenges, as a number of patients that completed the addiction programme continued with follow on support in my Supportive Psychotherapy Group. I was the Eating Disorder Therapy Lead for several years before I finishing at the hospital in December 2016.


I now run my private practice , offering a number of day time and some evening sessions.

Many of the people I have treated with Eating Disorders have described it as: something that is very important to them; it's the one thing that is unique to them; it's the only thing they do well or makes them different; there can be extreme feelings of guilt if they feel they let it down in some way; or it is something that just crept up on them and has now taken over.  These are just some of the ways people have described how they can feel but it has given me a powerful insight into why it is such a difficult illness to let go of and the importance of working at a pace people can manage. 

 
Within our work together we will make sense of: why your eating disorder began; the reality of your life with an eating disorder; the controls it has over your life, relationships and choices; how you really want your life to be; and how we are going to make the changes you need to let go.  We will define goals to help you progress through the various stages of your therapy and build in challenges and exposure work, that you can manage, so you'll start to regain your confidence and self-esteem and take back the real control over your life and life choices.


I'm not suggesting it's easy at all, an eating disorder is a very powerful illness that leaves a person feeling completely isolated.  It takes extreme courage, motivation and determination to overcome; it is likely the hardest challenge you will undertake in your life.  If you are ready to work on your eating disorder, I will give you the support you need, each step of the way, to secure your recovery and a much happier life beyond this illness.


I link with a specialist Dietitian and can help should additional referrals be required.  I hold an enhanced DBS check.


Getting started: Therapy can sometimes create real anxiety for people. Call: 07949 095656 or email: pendow@hotmail.co.uk me to arrange an initial meeting and we will talk about: what's been happening; how you're feeling, including any fears around therapy or change; what you can expected from me as a therapist; what you want to get out of your therapy; and if you are happy to start treatment. We will arrange your sessions to be on the same day and time each week to fit with your lifestyle; we can reschedule should any urgent appointments come up unexpectedly.

What can I expect from my first session:I will take you through our working contract and my privacy policy. I also have some simple forms to fill out that we will complete together at the beginning and end of your therapy, so that you can see the progress you have achieved. These forms also show me how anxious and depressed you are feeling so that we can think about help from your GP if you feel that is needed. We will also define the goals of your therapy, which we will check during the process to ensure you have received the support you expected by the end of your sessions. How can therapy help me: people that I treat can often feel overwhelmed by their thoughts, feelings, symptoms and relationships. We will make sense of why you feel this way and what manageable steps we can make to change that. I will help you understand your experiences and your judgements and self-doubts about them. We will work on your self-concept; assertiveness; and boundaries so that you feel much more self-assured and confident within yourself. Some people have had certain experiences that have changed them, others can struggle with extreme emotional reactions and a loss of control. Together we will make sense of anything you have gone through that has led you to this stage and the starting of your therapy. Pacing the work so that you feel confident and in control is extremely important in developing your confidence and self-esteem. 

The Park Centre is situated opposite the Council Offices on Kingswood High Street. Kingswood Park is next door, separated by Hollow Road. Their main car park is around 50-75 yards into Hollow Road on the left hand side, it is clearly marked. There are usually plenty of available spaces on the road itself.

Referral Criteria & Process

I receive referrals from GP's, various specialists and certain insurers.  I am also registered with The Counselling Directory and PODS (Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors).  I am now available for referral via Beat's website.

Qualifications

AQA: Introduction; Intermediate; and Advanced Certificates in Counselling 2003-2005 Edexcel Level 5 BTEC Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling 2005-2007 I became a fully Accredited Therapist in March 2015. I am also a BUPA and Vitality Health registered therapist. I am a Lead Specialist in Eating Disorders, I have also completed a variety of workshops on couple work and sexual dysfunction and I am currently getting involved with Trauma and Dissociation in relation to childhood sexual abuse.  My main areas of experience are: Anxiety; Depression; Low Confidence & Self-Esteem; Bereavement; Grief & Loss; Relationship Difficulties; Stress Related Issues including Work Related Stress; Coaching; Mild to Moderate Psychosis; Bi-Polar Disorder; Adjustment Disorders; Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; Dissociative Identity Disorder; Impact of Past on Present; Control, including Managing Difficult Emotions; Mild to Moderate Personality Disorder; Menopause; Sexual Difficulties; Support with the impact of Serious Physical Illness; self-Harm; Suicidal Ideation. I also work with Complex Trauma, with special emphasis on what happens within the brain and the impact of this on life following trauma.  If this is something that affects your life, we will increase your understanding of this process and work to re-establish a healthy response to external stimuli; so work to reset the brain.  It's important to be aware that this is much longer term work.

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Last Updated: 29/08/2018

The Park Centre
High Street, Kingswood
Bristol
BS15 4AR

Age Groups: (19-25) (25+)

Adult (18 and over) can discuss older teenagers

Fees: Yes

£80 with a concession rate of £70 

Categories
Types of Support:
Face to face
Telephone
Online
Group/peer support
Outpatient
Daypatient
Guided self-help
Skype
Specialisms:
Anorexia
Obesity
Self esteem
Types of Service:
Private Practitioner
Types of Treatment:
Counselling
Nutrition
Dietetics
Other Psychotherapy
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)