Ali Penny

Psychodynamic & Integrative Therapist (MBACP)

PGDip Psychodynamic Psychotherapeutic Counselling


I am a psychodynamic psychotherapeutic counsellor working both online and in-person in Hove. I am a registered member of the BACP and a trainee member of the UKCP and hold either open-ended or time-limited sessions depending on your preferences. I work with a wide variety of issues including depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, trauma, self-esteem problems, eating disorders, bereavement, interpersonal issues, and more. I have experience of working with clients on the autistic spectrum, as well as clients who have questions regarding ADHD or have been recently diagnosed. I also have experience of working with clients exploring their sexuality and/or gender identity. Getting started with therapy can be a daunting prospect but I aim to make this process more comfortable for you by offering a safe, non-judgmental therapy space from which we can explore the issues you are experiencing. I firmly believe in the importance of choosing the right therapist for you. Therefore, I offer a free 30 minute online or telephone consultation for us to get to know one another, and for me to answer any questions you may have. **There have been a few reports of my responses to enquiries going to spam, therefore please check your spam folder if you have not heard back from me**

AbuseADHDAnxietyAspergersAutismContemplativeDepressionDivorceEating DisorderGender IdentityHistorical TraumaIntellectual DisabilityInterpersonalInterventionLGBTQ IssuesPanicPanic AttacksPersonal GrowthPolyamorous and Open RelationshipsPsychodynamicRelationalRelationship / Marriage IssuesSelf-EsteemSexual AbuseTrauma

I work primarily from a psychodynamic perspective, which means that my belief is that our early life experiences can shape us as adults. I work from an empathic and non-judgmental position, as I believe the relationship between the therapist and client to be of utmost importance to the process of therapy. The aim of our sessions is to collaboratively investigate how past experiences may be having an impact on your current life. We will consider patterns that may have arisen through your life and explore unconscious processes and defence mechanisms that may be contributing to your current difficulties. I aim to support you in creating a deeper understanding of yourself, which can lead to improvements in your relationships with others and with yourself, better self-esteem and emotional well-being, and healthier boundaries in your personal and working life. I also work with an Integrative Therapeutic approach, bringing in the humanistic approach and elements of CBT if desired.

Qualifications: - BSc Psychology (Counselling) - PGDip Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling - PGDip Psychodynamic Psychotherapeutic Counselling - MSc Psychotherapy (ongoing) Following my undergraduate in psychology and counselling, I gained graduate membership with the British Psychological Society. I worked in mental health in an educational setting for three years until completing my PGDip in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling in 2015, which allowed me to build therapeutic skills in CBT and humanistic therapy. I also completed a PGDip in Psychodynamic Psychotherapeutic Counselling, and am continuing my professional development with an MSc in Psychotherapy. I have 12 years of experience in counselling and psychotherapy. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and a trainee member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).

Type of Therapy
  • Integrative
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
Client Type
Type of Session
Fixed TermLong Term (Face to Face)Online TherapyShort Term (Face to Face)

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