Audrey Brennan Accredited Counsellor, Supervisor and EMDR Practitioner
Looking for a therapist can be disconcerting. By definition, you are unlikely to feel at your strongest, so searching for someone to talk to about potentially sensitive difficulties may feel like a chore. You've probably got an idea of the sort of person that you need to speak with. Good matching is essential, a feeling that you can trust that your therapist is compassionate, qualified and experienced but also offers appropriate challenge without judgement.
You are the expert on you; my aim is to listen to you, then use my skills to help you recover from or manage whatever emotional pain you are experiencing. I bring my theoretical knowledge and experience and we seek to work together to achieve emotional well being. I offer short or longer term therapy, depending upon your needs, and am currently working on line. If I can help you, I will with pleasure; if I am unable to, I will be honest with you and suggest other avenues.
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Training, qualifications & experience
What makes us tick fascinates me and this fascination led me to study Psychology at University. I realised then that I wanted to become a therapist and my experience began in 2004 when I qualified as a Counsellor. Since then, I have worked in the NHS as a Primary Care Counsellor. In 2006, I joined an NHS Trust and became a Senior Counsellor, then a Specialist Counsellor within the Psychological Therapies Service. In 2013, I Ieft the Trust to work within Insight Healthcare (a not for profit organisation which treats NHS patients within their IAPT Service). I then managed the Kent Counselling Team from 2017 until December 2019 and am now concentrating on Private Practice.
In 2012 I undertook additional training in EMDR. This is a specialist Trauma therapy approved by NICE and the World Health Organisation for the treatment of PTSD. I have used this therapy to treat severe Trauma such as those experienced in the Armed Forces, the Fire, Police and Prison Services as well as those involved in accidents and disasters. I have also successfully treated victims of rape and abuse, birth Trauma and near death experiences. The protocol has also reduced distress for those who have been plagued by disturbing images of loved ones dying. I believe that it is a remarkable and effective treatment and I wish I had trained in it sooner. Generally speaking, this treatment can help individuals recover from Trauma far quicker than talking therapies alone.
For further information on this therapy, check out the EMDR Association website.
In 2013, I completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling Supervision. In the NHS I have supervised a diverse group of Counsellors ranging from trainees to experienced practitioners. It's a pleasure to support the work of others and to observe and foster professional development.
Prior to joining the NHS Trust, I was also a Counsellor within an agency that worked in partnership with Kent Probation. My role was to counsel offenders, helping them address wide ranging issues from relationship problems and depression to trauma and abuse. In the early stages of my career, I worked in residential social work with severely abused children delivering therapeutic interventions to help them prepare for Foster Care. Later, I moved to working with Young Offenders, supporting them whilst they moved through the Court process.
Loss, relationship problems, depression and anxiety come to us all and I'm equally happy to work with these human experiences as some of the more traumatic ones outlined above.
BA (Hons) Psychology
Dip Couns MBACP Accred
Pg Dip Counselling Supervision
EMDR UK Accredited Practitioner
Registered / Accredited
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
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Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
My fees are £40 an hour for Counselling and £60 an hour for EMDR. EMDR is more expensive as the training is specialist and expensive, as is the accompanying supervision which supports my practice.
If you are experiencing hardship, concessions may be negotiated.