I am an experienced and qualified Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist. I am registered with the BACP (British Association For Counselling & Psychotherapy).
My name is Patrick Breheny, 33years of age I am a father of three young boys and Husband. I believe in good communication both in my personal life and professional life, I have a strong belief that Counselling is a way of life and I use the foundations of Counselling to enhance all my relationships.
Born in Manchester I am familiar with the culture and the togetherness Manchester brings to peoples lives. I have a fantastic knowledge of the area and surrounding cities, as well as being a Counsellor I work at various places across Manchester as a Recovery Co-Ordinator for a Drug/alcohol charity called CGL.
I have a desire and drive to help other people when they want help, I find huge satisfaction in being apart of a persons road to change. It is a powerful an rewarding journey change and to experience and see other and walk through this process is career and personal Joy, it gives me a sense of belief in the world and in people.
I have several year experience working in a G.P surgery as a Counsellor, this experience was invaluable to me as I able to work with a broad spectrum of issues such as Bereavement, generalised Anxiety disorder, Self- harm, depression and many different Health issues.
Bereavement is an area of life that Counselling works for exceptionally well, Bereavement is an emotional storm and people can very quickly sink. I have personal experience with bereavement and understand the impact your life can take. Counselling is in my experience the safest and most comfortable way to help you process bereavement. Person- centred counselling is helpful when you need to deal with loss.
I have had over five years experience of working in the NHS in mental health and addiction services. I have worked with substance misuse and varied mental health issues through my time with NHS. Delivering group Facilitator on relapse prevention for addiction and healthy minds. I have extensive experience with substance misuse. Working in the field of substance misuses gives me continued development on mental health issues and more important all current and up to date research and solutions.
I work with varied mental health problems Hearing Voices, Self- Harm, Depression, Anxiety, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Specific Phobias, Social Phobia and Health Anxiety. These issues are a common thread through my day to day work and I completely understand the hold and power that some of the issues mentioned can have on a individuals life. Life crippling mental health problems can be broken I have gain fantastic results in helping people change and overcome these issues.
MY COUNSELLING SERVICE
I practice from home where I have a comfortable and relaxed room, I am five minute walk from Major Bus route and Train Station in and out of Manchester plus Eight minute walk from the Metro link to and from City Centre. I can offer off road parking, easy access in and out of the house suitable for all levels of mobility.
I offer private face to face Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Person-centred Therapy, and Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy therapy sessions for adults and young adults who are experiencing distress. This could fall under Depression, Bereavement, Anxiety, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Specific Phobias, Social Phobia and Health Anxiety, relationship breakdown, education and exam pressures. I further offer Skype sessions as an alternative approach, and would be willing to do home visits if necessary and safe.
FIRST SESSION “WHAT TO EXPECT”
Contracting, explaining to you how confidentiality works, how long the sessions last and how much each session costs. The verbal/written contract being Client and counsellor is there for the safety of both parties and gives clear guidelines of what both should expect from each other and everything that is on offer.
The first Counselling session will be to find out what your expectations are and to give you space to talk through some of the issues you will bring, we will be able to identify whether Counselling is needed. The first session is important, relationship building starts from the first point of contact it is really important that you feel comfortable and safe working with me.
I take an interested humanistic approach to therapy, that everyone deserves unconditional positive regard, empathy and compassion and to learn how to become compassionate towards themselves. The therapy space will be safe and I believe that everyone has the resources and resilience to move towards change.
Relationship building is the foundation of my counselling approach, I believe that exceptional work and progress is achieved when a relationship gains trust and confidence. The client needs to trust me and I need to trust the client, the whole process is always a two way street. Counselling relationship is built on Unconditional Positive Regard, Empathy and Congruence (Realness), once these are in place and felt; therapy happens. I strive to create a positive and safe place for the client to share their issues/problems and never think I know more about you than you do.
My Counselling approach is centred around the client, I am trained in Person- centred Counselling, Transactional analysis and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Counselling does not need to be narrow or singular I believe that it can be tailored to the needs and wants of the client. My approach can either work with your here and now issues or go deeper into unresolved childhood situations which need working through.
I sincerely believe that people have the courageousness to move forward in a way that is meaningful to them in therapy. I value connection, and that all people should be treated with the utmost respect and as a human being with human rights in therapy space.
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