In this episode, Shae speaks with the wonderful Pennie Aston. Pennie is a counsellor and psychotherapeutic coach with an MSc in Life Course Development Psychology.  Founder and CEO of GroOops Dyslexia Aware Counselling and drawing on more than 20 years’ experience, Pennie has pioneered a new way of helping neurodiverse people make peace with themselves through her innovative training courses and counselling programmes.

An in-demand speaker and advisor Pennie has consulted to many organisations including The British Dyslexia Association, The Institute of Education, PATOSS (the Professional Association of Teachers of Students with specific learning difficulties) and ADSHE (the Association of Dyslexia Specialists in Higher education) and has spoken at Westminster to The APPG (All Party Political Group) for Dyslexia and SpLd’s.

Her specialisation and interest in dyslexia aware therapy comes from personal and professional experience of being an un-diagnosed dyslexic person subject to societal prejudices and professional conduct procedures.  It has given her an exceptional understanding of the emotional repercussions of hidden disability and the needs and dynamics of people and organisations (and the relationships and structures within which they function) - plus the challenges that can arise when secondary presentations of Dyslexia are not fully understood both by the person and society at large.

She is dyslexic herself and has raised a neurodiverse family.


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