IAN BROOKS COUNSELLING
Feeling stuck or unhappy? Difficulties at work or in your personal life? Even the strongest among us can feel lost, unsure, ambivalent, or unhappy at times. As a professional Counsellor, I can help you understand and better manage whatever life throws at you, and how to do it successfully.
I qualified as a counsellor / psychotherapist in 2010. I have over five years experience as a volunteer for the Samaritans in the 1980's and I also worked as a residential social worker for individuals with a variety of enduring mental health issues including depression, schizophrenia, personality disorders and suicidal ideation, for over nine years in the UK.
In my four years at the Cork Simon Community I worked with individuals who experienced difficult childhoods, drug and alcohol misuse and managed violent and aggressive behaviours.
Whilst working at Barnardos I ran the Internationally recognised "Incredible Years Parenting Programme" for two years, both as a group facilitator and on a one to one basis. I worked with children between the ages of eight and fifteen, families and one to one with a variety of interventions relevant to the person concerned.
I worked as a volunteer counsellor for Cork Arc House with individuals who had a cancer diagnosis, were related to someone with a cancer diagnosis, or had been bereaved.
I volunteered with the Social and Health Education Project in Ballincollig for nine years and worked with both families and primarily teenagers who were experiencing a variety of difficulties in their everyday lives.
I am an Accredited counsellor registered with the Irish Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and work within their code of ethics and guidelines.
Education & Professional Qualifications
BA (Hons) Social Science
BA (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy
Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Diploma in Social Work
Diploma in Higher Education
Certificate in Teaching Adult Learners
ITEC Diploma in Anatomy, Physiology & Massage
Accredited Counsellor / Psychotherapist and member of the IACP
WHAT I CAN OFFER
Unlike some other counsellors I will only offer you a service in which I have either professional experience and training or have experienced personally. Through my own life experiences I feel I am better able to relate to some of the issues presented by clients and this has helped in the developing of a trusting therapeutic relationship. These areas include:
Low Self-esteem / self-worth
Mental Health issues / concerns
Bereavement, Grief & Loss
I offer 100% confidentiality unless there are issues around your safety, the safety of others or a child protection concern. We would discuss any concerns I may have before contacting relevant people concerned, like a GP.
I will offer you my undivided attention whilst we work together. I will work with you so that you can find the best way to move forward with whatever is concerning you at the present. There may be times when I will challenge what you do and why, and we would discuss other possible ways of thinking and doing, with the use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, in order to move forward.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is one of the approaches I use in order to help people move on, but I also look at the family history and how it shaped us into the person we have become and what the benefits are, if any, of continuing to behave and think the way we do, if it is not helpful.
I use a variety of approaches in my work with clients and this may include drawing, role play, humour and guided visualisation.
Ultimately, it is how we relate together which determines whether or we can work together and if you will trust me with your deepest darkest secrets. I will check in with you from time to time to see "How are We Doing?" because we need to be open and honest with each other if our work is to be of benefit to you.
The initial consultation fee is half the cost of a normal session, to see if you feel that we could work together.