Polly Plowman

71 South Street Manningtree CO11 1DT

01206 393104 or 07792 986403
Treatments available
  • Bereavement Counselling
  • Counselling / Psychotherapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Psychosexual & Relationship Counselling
  • Stress Management

Psychotherapy and Counselling

Talking to someone uninvolved in the dilemmas of one’s life can make a real difference – even if we believe we’ve already thought it all through from every angle.  Nowadays it is widely understood that consulting someone trained to assist without interfering is a sensible step which people respect. I have over 25 years of experience of working with a very wide range of personal problems including but not limited to those listed on this site, so do consider contacting me if I'm in your area but your own issue isn't mentioned here.
I normally charge £50 for an hour-long session, for individuals or for couples, though the first session only costs £25.

This first session is always made without further commitment on either side: it’s an opportunity to see if we feel sufficiently at ease to do further work together. If we decide to take it onward, I suggest 5 or 6 more sessions generally at weekly intervals and then a review, so we can assess the usefulness of what we’ve done so far and can choose next steps accordingly.

Research into psychotherapy reveals the fact that a real relationship between therapist and client, as experienced by both of them, is fundamental to making therapy significantly useful.  Without a real relationship therapy can just be a waste of time. I think this is crucial.  

I am convinced that people need to be heard as individuals and to be responded to personally, rather than have ‘treatment’ delivered according to a textbook. We are all experts on ourselves (having had a lifetime of experience of being who we are), but we can’t always recognise our own expertise. My job is to learn about you and then respond as clearly and candidly as I can, to show how your strategy for living looks from the outside. 

For this process to be fruitful and creative, we both have to be involved, so I can’t hide behind a professional persona.  I don’t just listen, and it’s important that I freely offer my opinions from time to time.  I attempt to be as honest as I can. I often make intuitive decisions in relating – but I rely on getting as much feedback as I give, so we can stay in touch with each other throughout the process. In this way we build a relationship together not for the purpose of friendship, nor to offer ‘tea and sympathy’, but to get clearer about how you make sense of your world and tackle life’s inevitable challenges. 

My work is:
-   person-centred, in that your needs and process forms the central thread of all the work
-   psycho-dynamic in taking seriously the way that formative past experiences influence our make-up
-   cognitive in overhauling how you think about and construe your world
-   existential in acknowledging the key questions about life and death 
-   transpersonal and holistic in recognising that we all are an essential part of a larger whole– and that our problems themselves may be the doorway into a wider and more enriching life

Do take a look at my website if you'd like to know more about what having sessions with me might be like. I look forward to hearing from you if you think I might be able to help.


Dip Psychosynthesis Counselling (1987), Cert Integrative Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy & Group Leadership (1991), Dip Psychosynthesis Supervision (1995)
And in addition: Registered Psychotherapist, UKCP (1993), MBACP Senior Accredited Supervisor of individuals and groups (2001), on-going professional supervision and continuous professional development, full professional liability insurance