Garry Brennan

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Dip. Couns. Dip. SW/HE
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London, Greater London, BR1
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About me

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It's not easy to ask for help when you are struggling and making that first step in contacting a counsellor can feel daunting. Opening up to a complete stranger can be a real challenge and of course you will be hoping that you will feel understood by the counsellor and more importantly, get on with them. If you have never been to counselling before you will not know what to expect and will be curious as to whether the counsellor's theoretical model and style of communication will fit with the kind of person you are. Therefore, if you are worried that I will sit there staring at you for an hour whilst you do all the work then don't worry. That's not me. My style is more interactive but I predominantly work in a person-centred way which means that I work with what you present and don't follow my own agenda.

I strive from our very first contact, to help you feel at ease and to work in a down to earth and natural way. By offering you respect, understanding and support without judgement, I hope that I can help you grow in confidence and understand more about the roots of your difficulties. Counselling is a collaborative effort and so my aim is to work along side you and to help you 'tell your story' and to assist you in working out what the limitations may be that are stopping you from pursuing a more authentic and meaningful life. The goal should always be what is best for you and I will always work at your pace. 

I have over 20 years experience in a therapeutic setting working with individuals, couples and families covering a range of issues. I have experience of working with depression, attachment issues, anxiety, relationship difficulties, bereavement, sex and sexuality concerns, domestic violence, separation, low self esteem and many other things that are difficult to come to terms with by ourselves. I fully appreciate that paying for counselling and finding time to attend sessions whilst balancing your busy work/life schedules can be difficult and so I work flexibly with regard how often you should attend and at what times. Each session lasts for 60 minutes.


Adoption issues

One area of specialism that I have 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


(Qualifications)

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

(Training)

Adoption

Attachment Focused therapy
Child Protection
Dealing with conflict
Managing depression
Domestic violence
Stress awareness
Parenting
Substance misuse
Drug awareness
Attachment style interviews
Low self-esteem
Self-harm
Welfare rights
HIV/Aids awareness
Health & safety at work
Race awareness

Relationship therapy
Homelessness
Immigration
Disability rights
CBT
Crisis intervention
Dealing with difficult people
Anxiety
Body Dysmorphia
Bullying
Mental health
Family therapy with children
Webster-Stratton parenting programme
Theraplay
Sexual exploitation
Appreciative enquiry

Experience)

COUNSELLING:

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.

SOCIAL WORK/COUNSELLING:

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

Member organisations

BACP
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Fees

Additional information


I charge £50ph for individuals and  £60ph for couples. Sessions are a full 60 minutes.

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When I work

9.30am to 9pm Mon-Friday (Bromley)

Bromley, London, Greater London, BR1

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Couples
Employee Assistance Programme

Additional languages

N/A

Garry Brennan
Garry Brennan