Fergus Breen

Fergus Breen - Counsellor

In his current role, Ferg provides a safe, supportive, and confidential space for adults and teens to work through difficult situations. Through therapeutic methods, he helps clients face their issues, giving them the tools and skills development needed to find health as they move forward. In addition to his private practice, Ferg also works as a therapist for the HSE in the ‘Counselling in Primary Care’ service. He works closely with Guidance Counsellors from schools in the Dublin area. He lectures in counselling & therapy courses, leads talks with teens, and supervises staff in workplace environments.

Previously, Ferg spent ten years with Ireland’s Health Service Executive (HSE). This was followed by a place in an independent counselling practice, giving him substantial depth of experience as a therapist. His time with the HSE was spent in a home for at-risk teenagers. There, he was promoted from social care leader to team manager, making him responsible for leading, supporting, and motivating the staff. He ensured the rights of the young people in his care were respected, while also running the unit in accordance with relevant policies and procedures.

Ferg believes there are few things in life more valuable than feeling understood and accepted. For this reason, he is passionate about allowing others the space to be themselves as they are empowered to grow and change. He cherishes the moment a client realises they are not alone—that they might just make it through their struggle. It’s not about fixing people, but rather leading his clients on a journey and offering hope along the way.

COUNSELLING SERVICES
Ferg offers a safe space for his clients to talk through their experiences, emotions, and behaviours. He sees counselling as a journey of self-exploration, increasing levels of self-understanding and awareness. As a result, one is able to identify more rewarding ways of thinking and acting. He is passionate about helping his clients to discover new resources inside of themselves as they remove blocks to personal growth.

Ferg also offers supervision and support for staff teams and conducts speaking engagements to encourage young people in self-discovery and making positive life decisions.

SESSIONS
Counselling sessions are typically 50 minutes long, once a week. The timing and duration of therapy depends on individual client preferences. Treatment can be arranged on a short or long-term basis. The first session is introductory, designed to explore specific needs of the client and to answer questions. This session is also used to further explain therapy and discuss confidentiality, fees, and cancellation policies. The client always has the power to end sessions. In order to bring healthy closure to the counselling relationship, last meetings are usually discussed in advance. If needed, Ferg also offers therapy via video conference.

PHILOSOPHY
Thinking critically is an important part of the therapeutic process. Ferg allows his clients space to determine the direction of therapy, making them central to the process. He understands that trust is earned, working hard to reassure clients they will never be betrayed within the counselling relationship. He allows therapy to proceed at the client’s chosen pace, constantly reviewing progress to ensure treatment doesn’t continue for longer than necessary.

Ferg believes the most successful therapy is administered when the counsellor is fully present as a listener. He invites his clients to express and focus on issues that are most important to them. Each individual is an expert on themselves and their own lives; therefore, Ferg never dictates beliefs, but rather encourages mutual exploration, occasionally offering his own thoughts and feelings in order to foster understanding. By revisiting personal experiences, counselling can challenge negative self-perceptions, allowing clients to uncover and develop a positive relationship with their true identity.

Ferg believes in the wisdom of borrowing perspectives and techniques from well-established counselling theories—mainly person-centred therapy and psychoanalysis, as well as cognitive behavioural therapy.

Education:

BTEC HN Diploma Applied Social Studies, 1999
B.A. in Psychology, Dublin Business School, 2002
Diploma Counselling & Psychotherapy, 2013
Advanced Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Accreditation:
Ferg follows the Code of Ethics as set down by the I.A.C.P., promoting professional, ethical, and best-practice at all times.
He maintains an accredited membership with the I.A.C.P. by meeting the criteria of Continuing Professional Development, along with regular Supervision and Professional Indemnity Insurance.

Specialties:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Low Mood
  • OCD
  • Anger
  • Self-Esteem
  • Grief and Loss
  • Personal Growth
  • Relationships
  • School Refusal

www.fergbreen.com

Phone: +353 1 2100 600
Fax: +353 1 278 9851
297 Beechwood Court
Stillorgan, Co Dublin