The 1000 dreams Counselling Team is led by Tanya Penn and supported by David Deakin, both of whom are qualified Counsellors and registered members of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Some of the other counselling team members are also profiled below. All Counsellors are also registered with the Information Commissioner and able to store electronic information. We believe in, and are trained in an ‘integrated counselling’ approach, which means that we are not limited to just one approach (e.g. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – CBT). This means that we treat each person as a holistic individual, and use the therapeutic approach that will be most appropriate. You can be assured that all of our Counsellors will be empathetic, non-judgemental, and want the best outcome for you.
We are normally able to offer face-to-face counselling in a variety of locations around the UK, and this is expanding all the time. For details about availability in specific geographic areas, please contact us.
However, we can offer 3 types of counselling – using online video counselling (we use Skype or Zoom), by telephone or using email. There are advantages of each and for all types it means that you can access this service from anywhere. And this has many benefits in terms of being able to do this from your own home, without perhaps having to involve other people, and at lower cost, We offer an introductory session of 50 min, at a 20% discount – even this single session can be helpful for you. Further discounts may also be available, using a coupon code, if you belong to a Parental Group (such as Parents and Toddlers).
Tanya Penn - Head of Counselling Services
Tanya is Head of Counselling Services and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). She has 7 years counselling experience and specialises in working with pre-natal and post-natal issues, including anxiety, depression and low self-esteem. She has experience of working both face to face in Berkshire and nationally using online Skype and Zoom. Tanya is a mum of three children and lives in Reading.
David Deakin - Counsellor, Pregnancy Twinning Director
David is educated to Masters level, with a background in healthcare. He is also a qualified counsellor/psychotherapist with Registered membership of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). David specialises in working with dads/men but about half of his clients are mums, and he has personally trained over 200 Mother Buddy Counsellors in pregnancy, maternal and infant health, and is the pioneer of Pregnancy Twinning and the 1000 dreams campaign. David lives near Camberley, Surrey and is a dad of three children.
Sharon Milne - Counsellor
Sharon is a qualified Integrative Counsellor offering a collaborative approach and a therapeutic relationship to work through any problems you may be facing. She is a registered counsellor with the ACC and on the accredited register for The Foundation for Infant Loss. Sharon works with issues such as depression, anxiety, stress, self-esteem, relationship difficulties, spiritual issues, bereavement and loss (including miscarriage and abortion). Sharon has two children and lives in the Epping Forest area in Essex.
Katharine Minton - Counsellor
Katharine is a qualified integrative Counsellor, and has extensive counselling experience. She is registered with two professional bodies, the BACP and the ACC. Katharine works with a range of counselling issues and has a particular interest in early childhood development. She also has experience of counselling clients suffering from depression, anxiety and trauma. She is the mother of two children.
Jane Wilcox - Counsellor
Jane is a qualified integrative Counsellor and is a registered member of the Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC). Jane previously worked as a midwife for 17 years. She has experience working with various issues in counselling such as anxiety, depression, trauma, loss, bereavement and relationship difficulties. Jane lives in Worcester and is the mother of three children.