Penny Sutton, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Penny Sutton

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Penny Sutton, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Penny Sutton

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My Approach

I am an ISTDP therapist. This is an intensive therapy created by Dr Habib Davanloo and Dr David Malan who researched the approach by analysing video recordings of many clients. More on the research behind it can be found at .

ISTDP works at a profoundly experiential level as therapist and client work together to experience warded off feelings in a new way and it is this direct experience of being you that can be transformational where you haven’t had that contact with yourself, your feelings before.

We are all a product of our up bringing and how we adapted at a young age enabled us to survive but as an adult our adaptations can be self- defeating and largely outside our awareness. Feelings that are important can get muted or lost in the process of surviving difficult situations and we can lose our all -important connection to ourselves. We can get stuck re-living parts of the past instead of finding out who we are and what we need now. Think about what it is you want to change: therapy is dynamic and you have the opportunity to change how you are with yourself and with others. It’s exciting but you do need to be prepared to invest some time and money in order to do this. I can offer brief or longer term working.

Sometimes people come to therapy with really clear ideas about what they want from it and sometimes what they want emerges in therapy.

I work with

Relationship Issues
Anger Management Problems
Medically Unexplained Symptoms
Family or Work Related Problems
Emotional Eating

About Me

Before training to be a Psychotherapist I worked in HR and Organisational Development and further education. As well as an MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling from the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute I have a Master’s in Organisational Development from Sheffield Hallam University. I have worked with commercial and public sector groups and teams to think strategically and to facilitate change.

Starting my training journey in psychotherapy in 2012 I have provided clients with therapy in the following organisations:

University of Leicester Student Counselling
The Leicester Counselling Centre
Rutland House Counselling and Psychotherapy
The Sheffield Women’s Counselling and Therapy Centre (now “Saffron”)
Resolve in-house counselling for Derbyshire Health Care NHS Foundation Trust
2017 – 2023 Accredited Primary Care Counsellor for an iapt (improving access to psychological therapies) provider, Trent PTS, in Derby.
February 2023 – private practice.

I work with

  • Companies
  • Couples
  • Groups
  • Individuals

Special Interests

Like all UKCP registered psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors I can work with a wide range of issues, but here are some areas in which I have a special interest or additional experience.

I offer an initial free 15-minute consultation so you can get a flavour of how I work- this allows you and me to see whether we could work together. You will find that I pay loving careful attention to you moment by moment in our sessions together and my aim is for us to collaborate on paying loving careful attention to you to counteract the ways in which you have forgotten yourself, your feelings and your needs. If you decide to go ahead we would have an initial 2 hour session, either online or face to face. I am based in Derby, UK. This will give you the opportunity to fully experience ISTDP therapy. This could be followed up by sessions of your choosing in terms of length. I recommend weekly or fortnightly sessions to begin with in order not to lose momentum towards your goals and establishing our relationship.

Types of Therapies Offered

  • Integrative Psychotherapist

What I can help with

  • Abuse
  • Addiction
  • Age-related Issues
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Bullying
  • Couple Issues
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Eating Disorders
  • Employment Difficulties
  • Health-related Issues
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Online Counselling
  • Post-Traumatic Stress
  • Relationships
  • Separation
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexuality
  • Step Families
  • Stress
  • Suicide
  • Terminal Illness
  • Trauma
  • Workplace Counselling

Types of sessions

  • Face to Face - Long Term
  • Face to Face - Short Term
  • Online Therapy

UKCP College

  • Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College (HIPC)
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