Kirsten Penderis

My love for psychology and guiding people, began when I started studying Psychology at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. I found the subject interesting and the work meaningful. I am the type of person who loves to help others in reaching their goals as well as assisting in developing skills to cope with their emotions and live their best life possible. Self-development is important for everyone and I am here to assist you with this journey.


I use an integrative approach to counselling, drawing on techniques from different approaches. This approach is applied according to my clients' interests, by harnessing their strengths to assist themselves in self-development and growth. I use different therapeutic tools based on theory, for each client because there is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to counselling and life coaching. Counselling is a collaborative process where the role of the counsellor is to guide, mentor and assist the client according to his or her needs.


The types of clients I assist include adolescents and adults dealing with a range of personal issues such as trauma, family problems, relationship difficulties and general stressors of life. I also assist athletes and sportsmen/women, assisting with the development of mental toughness in sport, a concept which is often overlooked. This type of counselling can be useful for athletes, sports teams or someone trying to achieve their personal best in a running race, for example.


Counselling or life coaching can be beneficial for everyone, because they are aided with an objective outsiders’ view of their situation.

Kirsten Penderis Counsellor and Life Coa

Kirsten Penderis

I have a great interest in community and Sports Psychology which began during my undergraduate degree at the University of Stellenbosch. I volunteered for a community development project where I worked with children and adolescents in an after-school’s program focusing on life skills development.


After completing my honours degree in psychology at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa I completed my internship at the Woodstock Trauma Centre in Cape Town where I worked as an intern Registered Counsellor and later registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). During my master’s degree at Stellenbosch University,  I started a Non-Profit Organization which focuses on sport and community development, using sport as a tool to teach life skills to underprivileged youth in Stellenbosch, South Africa.


Apart from my interest in psychology, I am an avid canoeist and used to be involved in river racing in South Africa.  Apart from canoeing, I enjoy living an active lifestyle and am involved in a number of sports such as mountain biking, trail running, rock climbing and swimming.



BWRT® (Brainworking Recursive Therapy)

Certified Practitioner Level 1

(The Terence Watts BWRT Institute)


Master's degree in Psychology

(University of Stellenbosch)


Honour's degree in Psychology

(University of the Western Cape)


BA Social Dynamics

(University of Stellenbosch)


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)


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.

Kirsten Penderis
Address: Stroud, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

Email: chat@kirstenpenderis.com 

Tel: +44 77 66 22 1640 

WhatsApp: +27 62 149 0703