I have had a rich and varied life and feel genuinely blessed to be able to do the work I do. I feel privileged to be able to support people at a time of uncertainty or change in their life. My own life has had such moments, so I know that change can be difficult and challenging. I also know that nothing changed for me until I changed. At one point in my life I had a job that other people envied and that I had worked hard to get. However, despite outward appearances, I felt personally unfulfilled. I knew I would never be happy unless I worked out what I really wanted and took control of my own destiny. I moved into community based work and this shift literally transformed my life and suddenly I had energy and purpose. I became passionate about responding to people’s needs and being a catalyst for positive change in the various communities I served. I worked variously with juvenile offenders and their families, the traveling community, asylum seekers and most recently 12 years in the Homeless sector. This experience has given me a broad perspective and an understanding of what really matters in life. I can offer valuable support to you as you take your own unique journey.
I am a member of The Association for Coaching which is a recognised professional body for Coaching. I am a fully qualified and accredited personal coach having received 1st class honours, hDip in Coaching and Coaching Psychology at UCC. I also hold qualifications in Learning and Development from UCC, Advanced Facilitation QQI level 6, and Community Counselling with the Association for Community Counselling, Education & Psychological Training. I have considerable experience and qualifications as a sports coach. I also currently work as a facilitator and consultant trainer to a number of organisations. This involves working with Staff team’s and Management groups, through the facilitation of monthly reflective practice sessions. I also deliver workshops on “Coaching for Resilience”.
Additional training in;
Brief Encounters® Tutor Training, ABPRO Resilience Training, MINT Motivational Interviewing, Juvenile Liaison, Peer Support, Ethnic liaison, Restorative Practices in Neighbourhoods, ASSIST suicide intervention training, Mental Health First Aid, Psychological First Aid, How to argue better® tutor training, Supervision in Social Care.
What you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.". - Goethe, J. W. Von
I provide one to one coaching sessions in a confidential and professional coaching space. I work with a range of professional clients who want a richer and more fulfilling life for themselves. Central to my coaching process is to identify each individuals own vision of how they wish to improve their life, relationships or career. This is your opportunity to take stock and really consider what your life could and ought to look like
My focus is on integrating robust psychological theory, in conjunction with my own personal perspective and experience, in a way that supports my clients. Achieving a life of meaning takes commitment and courage and I work with clients who are prepared to do what is necessary to make that happen. Coaching explores the twin pillars of self-responsibility and self-awareness; it challenges passivity and unleashes the active agent that exists in all of us. Attending Life Coaching is your first step towards meaningful and positive change
I have really got a lot from the sessions with you. You are a truly skilled listener and your empathy and compassion were so therapeutic. Keep up the good work you have a true gift. - R.B., Master's in Personal and Management Coaching, UCC. 2017.
Thank you so much again for all your help, your sessions were the catalyst to a "newer" me. I'm starting the year feeling very positive, confident and happier and this is as a result of what you taught me last year and how to listen and manage my mind better. - Ciara, Cork City, Jan 2016
Brendan is an excellent coach. He has a relaxed and engaging manner, which immediately put me at ease. I felt listened to and was impressed by the skill with which he gently explored pertinent issues. As a student on the Master's in Personal and Management Coaching at UCC I found Brendan very supportive in helping me address issues and my only regret is that I did not avail of his support earlier in the year! - Dolores McCloskey, July 2016
• Who want to meet their own expectations
• Who want to feel in control of their life
• Who want to do what they know they should do
• Who want to stop being a push over
• Who want to find solutions that feel like a real breakthrough
• Who are prepared to risk being happy
I have vast experience in group facilitation and reflective practice, working with teams in a professional work setting.
Reflective practice promotes a psychological approach that encourages reflection-in-action, and reflection-on-action, a thinking environment, a learning environment, unstructured within reason, which encourages problem solving and critical thinking skills within the team. The recommended format is a ninety minute facilitated meeting approximately every four weeks with a small staff team, generally 4-6 participants.
Full day “Coaching for Resilience” Facilitated Workshop.
“People’s lives demand constant creativity and responsiveness to self, others and external situations”. (ABPRO, Resilience Programme of Ontario, 2016)
The trajectory of our lives is greatly influenced not just by what happens to us, but how we respond to what happens to us. This training workshop encourages participants to recognise how they are being impacted by their work and to develop skills to manage their own stress. It is an experiential workshop that focuses on research based practices and traits that strengthen resilience and emotional intelligence.
Brendan is an excellent trainer and facilitator and has provided a number of very valuable training sessions to our staff over the past number of months in the area of developing resilience. He demonstrates a high degree of expertise in this area and his presentations were both inspiring and thought provoking. His style is open and inviting to question, with a genuine regard to the opinion and experience of participants. I have found him to be highly sensitive and intuitive in his understanding of the potential complexities of challenging issues, matched by an approach that is flexible and adaptable, tailoring his content and style to the context and issues as they arise. Brendan is both enthusiastic and competent in his area of expertise and I would have no hesitation in highly recommending him to any organisation. - Niall Horgan, Threshold Regional Manager Cork City, Aug 2016
Your first consultation is €60
This session will give you clarity on where you are right now and what are the best options to support you and create positive change in your life
My standard fee is €80 per session
Discounted student rate is €70 per session
I recommend a minimum of 4 sessions.
Coaching does require commitment and a genuine determination to embed new practices. During this programme I will help you get the clarity and insights you need to begin the journey towards meaningful change in your life.
Our sessions will take place at The Natural Clinic, 23 Sullivan’s Quay, Cork. This is a beautiful historic building, which was originally the old Cork Fire Station. The rooms are private and spacious and are very appropriate for coaching.
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Taking responsibility for my own happiness is empowering. It places my life back in my own hands - Branden, N