Stan Brennan MA, UKCP.
I am an integrative therapist, working with individuals,groups, couples and trainings. I have been in clinical practice for over twenty-five years. My background was in teaching and
business and I became a therapist through my own personal development. I am in my second committed relationship. My partner has two children as have I with my previous partner.
I am an accredited clinical member of the University Psychotherapy and Counselling Association (UPCA) and am registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) as both Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor. I am also recognised by Bupa and am included in Bupa's Mental Health and Wellbeing Therapist Network
Training, qualifications & experience
2 Years training and voluntary work as an Alcohol Counsellor with City and Hackney Alcohol Counselling Service.
Graduate of a six-year UKCP recognised training at a North London Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy organisation. This training included lengthy modules on working with couples, and with groups, the main theoretical base at that time was Gestalt. My original UKCP registration was through them.
Post Graduate Diploma in Group Psychotherapy at Goldsmith's College.
MA in Group and Intercultural Therapy, also at Goldsmiths leading to current UKCP registration through UPCA (University Psychotherapy and Counselling Association).
I have therefore completed both Humanistic and Analytic trainings; as well as many and various workshops with which I have maintained a wide interest in the field by meeting UKCP's requirements for continuing professional development (CPD). This has included, but is not limited to, participation at the Institute of Family Therapy, The Tavistock Clinic and various conferences and short courses.
I have run an outpatients group in the NHS and worked in Lower Clapton Health Centre as an alcohol counsellor for two years.
Since entering private practice in 1990 I have maintained a busy practice, supporting myself with continuing mentor and peer supervision, and CPD. I continue to read and research extensively to support my work. Currently my practice consists of daytime work with individuals and couples. I have recently closed two men's groups which ran for over sixteen years. I also offer Clinical Supervision for professionals working with groups or individuals. My practice has full professional indemnity insurance through Towergate Professional Risks.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Borderline personality disorder
- Drug abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have extensive experience of working with men on fertility issues. Some specific issues on which I have worked with clients include: communication and assertiveness in relationships, anxiety - involving issues such as de-motivation and self esteem - physical, sexual and emotional abuse in family backgrounds, gender re-assignment, recovery from membership of 'high demand' groups e.g. cults, workplaces, and/or training institutes.
I also have extensive experience in supporting clients in dispute with employers and institutions e.g. in grievance and disciplinary procedures. My work around alcohol is mostly with clients who want to abstain from or contain their drinking and to explore the origins and underlying issues which precipitated their issues with drink.
As I myself age I find myself working increasingly with the unique challenges this brings to my clients. Issues which go to the core of what I believe therapy to be about: the possibility of contentment and self acceptance, the engagement with what is rather than the nagging discontent engendered by a perfectionist inner critic. Learning to meet the later part of our lives with a sense of optimism and opportunity.
As the parent of two grown up children i find I also now, increasingly, work with men and women in their twenties/thirties seeking support in a more and more uncertain and precarious world.
£50 for an initial 40 minute consultation or £60 for full 50 minutes. Fee for ongoing work to be negotiated according to my clients' circumstances. My current fee range is £60-75.
The benefit of training both integratively and analytically is that I can respond to my clients' needs in the appropriate way to you individually. That may be short term or long term, psycho-educational, e.g. cognitive-behavioural, or depth therapy, e.g. working with transference and object relations respectively.
I believe the main purpose of psychotherapy is to enable clients to feel that who they are is 'good enough'; even if the events and circumstances of their lives do not seem to be working for them when they enter therapy. And to access the experience of a predominantly benign and supportive inner world.
I maintain an 'equal opportunities' perspective e.g. I have worked with many gay and lesbian individuals and couples in my practice, and believe that the honest discussion of racism is the most effective way to challenge it.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
i am available Tuesday and Thursday 8am-2pm and Wednesday 8am-6pm inc.