About Me:
Kirsten Penderis

About Me
My Approach To Counselling & Coaching

I am originally from South Africa and I have relocated to the United Kingdom, where I now run my counselling and coaching practice. I have been offering one-on-one sessions and later realised that there is a large amount of information and exercises to do outside of the sessions, which is consistent amongst my clients. So, apart from offering one-on-one sessions, I have developed a 90-day coaching program called The Wellbeing Project. This Project is your guide to ultimate Wellness, which includes weekly modules and workbooks and a weekly session with me. This approach allows my clients to get the most out of the sessions while having material to work through each week. I have a holistic approach to Wellness and cover all these aspects in The Wellbeing Project. Enrolling in this program will get you from being overwhelmed and frustrated to your healthiest life, physically and emotionally!

As a counsellor and wellbeing coach with a Master’s degree in psychology, I have worked with many issues, including trauma, anxiety, phobias, depression, self-development, and working with athletes. I am also a BWRT ® or BrainWorking Recursive Therapy ® practitioner. BWRT ® is a type of psychotherapy like no other! Terence Watts, a UK Psychotherapist who developed it, proved it to be a highly effective technique with outstanding results. I have added this to my therapeutic toolbox by training as a Level 1 practitioner. BWRT ®  helps clients work through difficulties in a significantly shorter period than traditional therapeutic approaches.

I didn’t know what to expect, being my second time looking for help. From our very first session, I felt comfortable opening up with Kirsten. At first, it helped to voice call as I thought I could open up. Then within three sessions, I felt completely comfortable going into a video call. I would highly recommend Kirsten to anyone looking for a great support.



Kirsten is an AMAZING therapist and one that I’m so happy to have by my side. She is empathetic and listens while also providing sound advice and asking those questions that need asking to get through the situation you are discussing. I can’t recommend her any higher than I am already. Thank you so much, Kirsten, for helping me. I appreciate you!




Accredited Registrant Member

National Counselling Society UK

Registered Counsellor

Health Professions Council of South Africa
(HPCSA; PRC 0014087)

Registered with the South African Board of Health Care Funders (BHFS)

(Practice number: 0533866)

BrainWorking Recursive Therapy® (BWRT®) Registered Practitioner Member

The Terence Watts Institute (Membership No. 002049)

Qualifications & Experience

(Brainworking Recursive Therapy)

Certified Practitioner Level 1

(The Terence Watts BWRT Institute)

Master's degree in Psychology
Master's degree in Psychology

Registered with the South African Board of Health Care Funders (BHFS)
(University of Stellenbosch)

(Practice number: 0533866)

Honour's degree in Psychology
Honour's degree in Psychology

Honour's degree in Psychology

(University of the Western Cape)

BA Social Dynamics
BA Social Dynamics
BA Social Dynamics
(University of Stellenbosch)

Courses & Seminars

Comrades Marathon Women’s Seminar:

Developing mental toughness before and during the race.

AQRATE Verification Services:

Work life Balance

How to live an active and healthy lifestyle

Dealing with stress and anxiety

Positive thinking

Sport for Life Non-Profit Organization

Sport skills and life skills: how to utilize skills learnt in sport and apply them to skills needed in life

How to deal with peer pressure

Healthy behavior choices

Developing mental toughness in sport

Skills development: self-confidence; self-discipline; leadership; interpersonal skills


University of the Western Cape

Sport Psychology (Honours); Sport and community development (Marquette University exchange students)

University of Stellenbosch

Academic writing and critical thinking

South African College of Applied Psychology

Community psychology; Research methods; Social psychology; Health psychology; Cognitive psychology; Psychotherapeutic models of intervention; Abnormal psychology.

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