Ms. Andrea Breninek

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About this Service

Approach to Therapy

“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 anxiety or another form of mental health problems. Some of us will manage on their own, some of us will need help.

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 world.

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 taylor 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 Illness.

Experience, Focus Areas and Condition Specialisations

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Life Coaching
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Phobias
  • Pregnancy Related Issues
  • Redundancy
  • Self Esteem
  • Stress
  • Work Related Issues

Therapeutic Approach

  • Behavioural
  • CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
  • Cognitive

Main Client Groups

  • Adults
  • Elderly
  • Individuals

Working Mode(s)

  • Short-Term, Face-to-Face
  • Time-Limited




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.

Professional training

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.

Employment History

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.


This practitioner prefers to be identified as: Psychotherapist, Supervisor

Additional Language(s)

  • German

Ethical Framework

  • HCPC


  • HCPC

Address, Contact and Fees

27 Avenue Mansions, 499 Finchley Road, London, NW3 2XD

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Fees: £100 50 minutes clinical session, £ 130 90 minutes initial assessment (Concessions: yes)

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