Andrea BreninekCognitive behaviour therapy practitioner psychologist
Approach to therapy
Thank you for looking at my page. Choosing the therapist who is right for you is important, so please take some time and find out a bit more about me.
"Depression is the common cold of psychopathology and has touched the lives of us all" (Dr Martin Seligman).
In my 20-year experience as a CBT therapist, I have learned that Seligman is right - everybody will experience at one point in their life depression or another form of mental health problem. Some of us will manage on their own, some of us will need help. And at present, we all experience challenges, not only from stress but also from isolation and the question of what is important in our life.
Seeking help for stress and mental health problems should not have any stigma attached to it - it is one way of dealing with the impact of living in an imperfect and especially at present in an incredibly challenging world.
As part of my German degree in Clinical Psychology I studied different schools of Psychotherapy.
I was drawn to CBT due to its emphasis on the scientific approach to therapy. I particularly liked the pragmatic and flexible approach to therapy with its emphasis on a collaboration between the therapist and the client. This allows me as the expert on treatment to work together with the client, who is the expert on the problem.
A key element of therapy is to develop a treatment plan together which takes into consideration the client’s experiences and how they tried to manage their problems in the past. I aim to listening respectfully to the stories of my clients to achieve a shared understanding of the problem.
I aim to work with my clients on the goals they set themselves. Therapy may include finding ways for clients to be less critical of themselves, for other it may be overcoming specific fears which stand in the way of what they want to achieve.
My training at University College London has allowed me to develop an approach to therapy that views every client as an individual. I offer a highly individualised treatment which considers not just the current problems but also the strength clients have developed during the journey of their life. I aim to deliver a tailor-made therapy plan and not a “on fits all” model of treatment.
Due to the background of my research work and as a trainer and practitioner of Autogenic Training I am mindful of the interactions between body and mind, which complements the CBT approach.
I have experience in delivering CBT to a wide range of problems. My special interests are in the field of Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Postnatal Depression and the effects of Stress and Chronic Physical illness.
Issues often worked with
Fees for CBT therapy and CBT based life coaching:
At present I only work remotely, and my normal fees have been reduced. Please, do feel free to discuss reduced rates with me.
Initial 15 minutes telephone contact: free of charge
90-minute assessment session: £ 100 online.
50-minute clinical session: online £ 90.
There are reduced spaces available, times are hard, please feel free to ask.
Weekday appointments are limited at present, but Saturday and Sunday appointments are available.
Initial 15 minutes telephone contact: free of charge
Remote sessions full price
90-minute assessment session: £ 100
50-minute clinical session: £ 80
Remote sessions reduced price
90- minutes assessment session: £ 80
50- minutes clinical session: £ 60
Supervision per phone or Skype
£ 60 per clinical hour for accredited therapists
£ 40 per clinical hour for trainees
£ 25 per clinical hour for students and trainees in unpaid placements
60 hours in advance: free of charge
Less than 60 hours: 1/2 session fee. Should you be too ill to attend you may wish to have a telephone session. No cancellation fees due to Covid 19.
Termination of therapy
You can terminate therapy at any time - just give me 60 hours’ notice.
Ways to pay
I accept BAC. For the initial assessment payment should be made 2 days in advance. I am sorry but payment by credit card is not possible.
Training and qualifications
2009: Accredited as Clinical Psychologist with the HCPC (Health and Care Professional Council).
2001: Accredited as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist with the BABCP (British Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy).
1999: Accredited as Clinical Psychologist with the German Psychological Society.
1999: Accredited as a Psychological Therapist (CBT) with the German Federal State of Rhineland Palatinate.
1996 to 1997: Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy. at University College London, Medical School.
1994: Graduated (MSc equivalent) in Psychology at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany.
1987: Certificate as Trainer for Autogenic Training, a western form of meditation.
1984: Graduated (BA equivalent) in Psychology at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany
1995: Awarded a post-graduate Gutenberg Scholarship for my research into the effects of physical activity on the subjective feeling of well-being.
2018 part time Clinical Psychologist in Diabetes
2016 to date: Independent Cognitive Behaviour Therapist in private practice.
August 2008 to March 2016: Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, Specialist Psychotherapy Services, East London NHS Trust.
January 2000 to July 2008: Clinical Psychologist in Hammersmith.
November 1998 to November 1999: CBT Therapist in Barnet and Edgware.
November 1997 to October 1998: CBT Therapist at Addenbrooke’ s Hospital in Cambridge.
1995-1996: Lecture in Psychology and Project Co-ordinator about the effects of mental workload at the workplace at my old university. I decided that despite my love for science I was also fascinated about the application of scientific findings in the real world.
1992-1996: (Freelance) Lecturer for the Federation of German Trade Unions on the psychological aspects of mental workload and health and safety.
1987-1996: (Freelance) Trainer for Autogenic Training.