Mike Penhaligon CV: Counselling Therapist, Consultant Supervisor

CV with Specialisms, Experience & Qualifications.

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Specialisms & Qualifications

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Mike Penhaligon, CBT Therapist & EMDR Consultant

C.B.T. Specialism,  c. 25 years. Responding to a range of emotional difficulties: depression, anxiety, P.T.S.D /  trauma, rehabilitation, performance issues, harassment, stress symptoms &  substance abuse for individuals and families.

Consultant EMDR Supervisor and Consultant, within the EMDR Europe Association. Providing supervision and consultation to EMDR therapists.  2015.  Covering Complex Trauma presentations, with Ego State and Attachment focus.

EMDR Europe Approved Practitioner. 29/11/2011 ( EMDR Association UK & Ireland )..  www.emdrassociation.org.uk

BACP: Senior Accreditation 2006.  Accredited 03/99. Membership no 502016.

2006 Rehabilitation training with I.C.A.S. ( becoming Axa Icas ) Milton Keynes, Multi disciplinary model. Continuing work within Rehabilitation programmes.

CIPR / Trauma Work. ( Critical Incident Processing & Recovery ) Practitioner Licence.  03/2004 Trained with I.C.A.S. Milton Keynes:

Present employment.   Freelance and contracted CBT & EMDR Therapist and Supervisor / Consultant.  Receiving instructions from a wide range of insurance and rehabilitation agencies. London Central / Waterloo ( Mondays ) & Peterborough PE8 and PE1.

Retained Trauma Specialist Police Agencies:  in the Cambs and Lincolnshire area for c. 15 years. During the last c. 7 years  specialising as trauma and PTSD therapist,  taking referrals from OH staff, at Cambs Constabulary, then the 3 constabularies working collaboratively ( Cambs, Herts, Befordshire ), to January 2018. That contract will is now ended following a National Tendering process requiring service over a wide area.  

Experience: History of Employment

09/1998 to 01/2011 Case Manager & Primary Site Counsellor AXA / Icas.  Various roles:

2001 to 2008 : Affiliate EAP Counsellor for major city accountancy firms : EC1-4. Dedicated Therapist for Goldman Sachs. Feedback from GS indicates work well received .

04/98 to 04/2002. Case Manager, for ICAS Ltd ( now AXA-ICAS ), an EAPA member (Employee Assistance Programme Association).  3-4 days a week until September 2005. This company provided counselling and psychological services to companies in UK and Europe. I gained experience :

Liaising with Occupational Health Doctors, H.R. Managers  and staff of PLC companies. This covered: risk management, awareness of diagnostic criteria, writing employee care plans & other reports as required.

Providing supervision of EAP work, for a network of c. 600 affiliates (Counsellors and Psychologists) of varying backgrounds.

During these 5 years I had additional training and experience with alcohol issues, harassment , referral report writing, trauma & critical incident group debriefing.

I was also a  Dedicated Case Manager with responsibility for major companies, where risk and safety issues at work are a particular focus. I have responded to a number of clinical audits. My case management work was described as “ particularly skilful and conscientious “ by the external audit team (headed by Caroline Highly-Marchington, from UMIST, working for an American utility company) .

Group trainer with C.S.C.T. Southwark Rd, London. c. 1996 … 2002.

1995-98 counsellor various posts…all below now ended.

Staff Counsellor & Trainer at Her Majesties Prison.Providing a mandatory service for Counselling staff within the Home Office accredited S.O.T.P. (Sexual Offender Treatment Programme). Group & individuals.  My reviews well recieved by the  Home Office Accreditation Board.          

Counsellor with MIND (c2 yrs at Fitzwilliam St, Peterborough)

Counsellor with Community Alcohol Team multi disciplinary setting.

Counsellor with Timestop / YMCA. Counselling team young people for five years.

School counsellor, voluntary, working in a multi ethnic situation.

Vocational Training, Qualifications & Personal Therapy

EMDR Training. Levels 1 through to IV, London and Edinburgh, and Consultants’ Training June 2014, June 2014, London, with Sandi Rickman.

Diploma in Counselling:  (Huntingdon Regional College).1997

Diploma in Stress Management , 1994/5  The Centre for Stress Management , Blackheath. Led byStephen Palmer, Clinical Psychologist. C.B.T. model with Stephen Palmer and Michael Neenan. The course was termed a Stress Management Diploma, it  provided a C.B.T. training programme, with case formulation, client diary keeping, in vivo experiments, and behavioural interventions.

3 yr: 93-95 Certificate in Counselling. Cambs Consultancy in Counselling (C.C.C.).  This was accepted as prior training for the following above courses.

Personal Therapy: 4 yrs psychotherapy with 2 psychotherapists. (BPS & UKCP) .

Mindfulness: personal training with a qualified mindfulness practitioner from Bangor University.Degree. Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.  Social & Political Science. M.A. (Hons).

Trainings during employment & voluntary work covering

Aids,  Alcohol Abuse, Anxiety,  Assertiveness,  Assessment and Referral procedures, Attachment Behaviour, Brief Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Critical Incident Responses,  Cultural Issues in Therapy, Depression, Drugs Abuse, Family Systems, Family Care and Teenagers, Gay Therapy, Harassment in the Workplace,  Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy, Relaxation, Risk Assessment and Suicidal Behaviours,  Sexuality, Sexual Abuse, Spirituality in Counselling, Stress in the Workplace, Stress Management, Trauma. 

Supervisors and references

Present Supervisors

Joan Carter. Joan Carter.   6,  Melton Rd, Whissendine.

Oakham, Rutland. LE15 7EU.    Email: joan@thecarters.org.uk BACP Senior Accredited Cllr. Joan has been a team leader with a GP consortium for c 10 years, working with a CBT & EMDR. Now stepped care level 4 IAPT 01664 474578                  

Linda Hill, EMDR Consultant, Glasgow.


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Geoff Plumb,Case Consultant ( until recently with AXA -ICAS , Milton Keynes ) Home address : 3 Bunsty Court, Galley Hill, MK11 1NJ.  geoffrey.plumb@tiscali.co.uk


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