Training and Qualifications
Dr. Tatiana Brennan is a senior counselling psychologist and psychotherapist. She graduated as a psychologist in 2006 at the Federal University of Ceara, Brazil where the BA (Hons) is a five-year professional full-time course . During the last two years of her training in Brazil she specialised in clinical psychology and psychoanalytic psychotherapy, focal brief psychotherapy and health psychology. During her training she worked with individuals of various ages and life circumstances, aiming to help them overcome their problems, improve their mental health, relationships and quality of life. She was based on a clinic setting as well as being part of the multidisciplinary team in the regional Heart and Lung Hospital where she offered individual and group support to in-patients and their families, out-patients, and mothers of babies in the intensive care of the heart transplant department. As part of her specialised training she offered individual psychotherapy and group work for adults with psychosis in a community health centre. She continued her studies and training, specialising in Focal Brief Psychotherapy for adolescents, Bereavement Therapy and Relational Psychomotricity (a type of therapy for children based on interactive playing).
She has been practicing as a psychologist and psychotherapist in Ireland since 2008. In 2013, she concluded a three-year full-time Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at Trinity College Dublin, broadening her knowledge in psychology, research methods and psychotherapeutic skills. In Ireland, she worked in the HSE Disabilities Services, Gheel Autism, The Weight Management Service and the Cardiac Rehabilitation at St. Columcille’s Hospital in Loughlinstown, The Rehabilitation Training Unit at the National Rehabilitation Hospital, The Salvation Army and Kildare Youth Services, including Naas Child and Family Project. In the UK she worked as Lead Psychologist of The Huntercombe Hospital Strafford, a Tier 4 CAMHS in patient for adolescents with psychiatric conditions and eating disorders.
Her Approach to Psychotherapy
Tatiana provides psychotherapy and counselling for adults, adolescents, children and their families. Due to her extensive and broad training, she uses a wide range of techniques and strategies drawn from various theories and therapies such as Psychodynamics, Person-Centred Therapy (PCT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused CBT, Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Internal Family Systems (IFS) Level 1, amongst others. She considers the therapeutic relationship the most important element of psychotherapy and counselling, being genuine, respectful and flexible. Her interventions are theoretically and scientifically supported, being tailored to meet clients' needs.
Dr. Tatiana Brennan is a chartered psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland (C.Psychol.,Ps.S.I., M5491R), an associate member of the Counselling Division. She is an accredited member of the Association for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in Ireland (APPI, M011/18) and ICP. She is also registered with the Heath Care Professionals Council (HCPC, C.psychologist number PYL33069) in the UK, and a member of the EMDR UK & Ireland.
Personal Characteristics and Attributes
Tatiana is a warm and caring person. She is a dedicated mother of four, two boys and two girls. She adores animals and being close to nature is her favourite past-time. She enjoys reading, gardening, painting and drawing, dancing, hiking, playing with her children and spending time with loved ones. She is passionate about her work which is an essential part of her identity. She believes in the power of genuine and authentic connection towards mutual growth and learning.