Penny Aspinall

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Penny Aspinall

Penny has more than 25 years’ experience as a counsellor and trainer, starting with Relate in 1992. She became a sessional counsellor at the University of Huddersfield in 1995 and then moved to a full-time counselling post at the University of Leeds in 2003, where she became Senior Counsellor in 2006.

Between 1995 and 2003, Penny also worked in private practice and as a counsellor and consultant in two local industries, offering one-to-one support, staff training and policy development. Her Master’s research ‘Is counselling good for business?’ examined the impact of counselling on productivity at Zeneca Huddersfield works.

While at the University of Leeds, Penny developed and managed an extensive group work and psychoeducational training programme for students, as well as delivering staff training on mental health awareness. She worked at the University of Bradford from 2014 to 2018, joining as Head of Counselling and then taking on disability as an additional area of responsibility in 2016.

Penny has also worked in NHS settings as a counsellor in GP surgeries and as a staff counsellor, as well as being a practitioner and clinical lead with Take Time, a counselling and psychotherapy service for junior doctors in Yorkshire and Humber NHS trusts.

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