Garry Brennan Dip. Couns. Dip. SW/HE
At times in our lives we can all feel overwhelmed, lost and not sure how to move forward. It can also be daunting to actually ask for help. Finding a suitable counsellor is very important and making that first step to make contact can be nerve wracking. I always strive, from our first contact, to help you feel at ease. I realise that it may not be easy to open up straight away and that you will need to feel comfortable with me in order to trust me with your thoughts and feelings. My aim is always to offer you respect, understanding and support without judgement. I believe that counselling is a collaborative effort and I offer you my commitment in seeking to help you improve your mental and emotional wellbeing. My aim is to help you explore and manage the difficulties you are having, to help you grow in self awareness and in your understanding of what holds you back from pursuing more of the life you want.
Our goal will always be what is best for you and we will work at your pace. I have over 10 years experience in a therapeutic setting working with individuals, couples and families covering a range of issues. Therapy can help with depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, bereavement, sex and sexuality concerns, separation, low self esteem, trauma and many other things that are difficult to come to terms with by ourselves. We can discuss what is affordable and how therapy sessions can fit in with your work/life schedules. I always offer a full hour.Through my additional work as a qualified Social Worker I have significant experience of working in the areas of child protection, emotional, physical and sexual abuse and Domestic Abuse.
My specialism is in helping those individuals who have been adopted as well as couples who are planning to adopt and those who have already adopted their children. I presently offer adoption support through the Barnardo's.Adoption Agency
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling (BACP Accredited Course) 1999
Diploma in Social Work (Open University) 2005 (HCPC Registered)
RSA Certificate in Person-Centred Counselling 1995
Approved Early Placement Therapist with Barnardo's Adoption Services
Approved Attachment Focussed Therapist with Barnardo's Adoption Services
Approved Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities Parenting group facilitator (Race Equality Foundation) 2007
Dealing with conflict
Attachment style interviews
Health & safety at work
Dealing with difficult people
Family therapy with children
Webster-Stratton parenting programme
1999 to present: Counsellor working with individuals and couples.
2016 to present: Early Placement and Attachment focussed counsellor with Barnardo's offering counselling to adoptive families.
2005-2010: Qualified Social Worker working with children and families in the area of child protection including parenting assessments and individual/couple and family therapy/support.
2010-Present: Qualified social worker carrying out prospective adopter assessments and offering post placement support.to adopters and their children
(OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE)
1989-1994: Hostels Officer with Homeless families
1994-2005: Welfare Rights Worker with Homeless families and Asylum seekers
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I work with all issues surrounding adoption. Including individuals who have been adopted, couples planning to adopt and couples who already have an adoption placement.I offer adoption support through the Barnardo's Adoption agency.
I charge £45ph for individuals and £60ph for couples. Sessions are a full 60 minutes.
I can schedule weekly sessions and can be flexible regarding times/dates and frequency, which we can discuss together.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
9,30am to 7.30pm Mon-Friday, 9am-11am on Saturdays..
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|