Penny Rafferty - Registered Mental Health Nurse
Penny is a Registered Mental Health nurse with over 15 years experience of working in mental health.
After completing her nurse training at Staffordshire University, Penny worked for South Staffordshire and Shropshire NHS Foundation Trust.
She worked on a Mental Health Therapy Unit which provided psychological interventions for clients experiencing mental health problems.
Penny is experienced in both one to one and group therapy and has facilitated sessions in anxiety management, obsessive compulsive disorder, self-esteem, hearing voices, assertiveness and Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP). Penny is also a mental health recovery educator for clients experiencing longer term mental health problems.
Penny holds a Certificate in Mentoring Skills awarded by Staffordshire University and has acted in the role as a mentor for both colleagues, and student nurses. Penny has also undertaken further study to gain a Certificate in Counselling Skills for Person Centred Counselling, which compliment her nursing skills.
Within a clinical environment, Penny works mainly with clients experiencing anxiety disorders, stress and depression. Penny uses a variety of therapeutic interventions with clients, including psycho-educational, relaxation therapy, person centred counselling skills and cognitive behavioural therapy techniques.
Penny is also a qualified yoga teacher and runs classes in Stoke on Trent.