Terry Brennen , MA

Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) ##403

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About Terry


I am a psychotherpist with numerous qualifications to support my work with people.  When selecting a therapist you would want to know what they have to offer and how effective they are.  Recent research suggests that over 50% of therapy that is available does not work and that 15% of people participating often get worse.  One of the reasons I believe these statistics exist is because of the lack of proper training.  I have always been a curious individual and have always sought out what is the most effective tool(s) to enhance my skill level as a psychotherapist.  Therefore, I have pursued what is held out to be in the theraputic community the most effective approach to mental health issues based on scientifc, evidence based, reasearch.  The most misunderstood concept in the theraputic community is that informing people is the road to success. This has been shown through well done outcome research to be a missconception.  Although there is a small % of people seeking therapy that may some what benefit from being informed, research shows that the majority of these people get termporary releif and then their  problems return or come back in different forms. 

Let me introduce you to, if you will just take a minute to read further, what I have discovered and have studied and trained in since 1992, which has shown to have an 86% success rate:

A Brief Introduction to Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (IS-TDP)

As the name suggests, Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (IS-TDP) is a powerful, accelerated form of psychotherpy designed to rapidly uncover and disolve (not just resolve) deep emotional and psychological difficulties.  IS-TDP is evidence-based, and research has shown it to be a UNIQUELY effective treatment for people suffering from depression, anxiety, and a broad specturm of personality disorders, unexplained medical conditions and self-defeating behaviours.  One of the processes that make IS-TDP so effective is its intense focus on the unconscious barriers that work against successfull treatment.  In IS-TDP, we refer to these barriers as "Defenses" or a Defense Mechanism(s)".

What Does the IS-TDP Experience Look and Feel Like?

Treatment usually begins with a detailed inquiry into the pricise nature of your problem.  Based on what is uncovered, your therapist works with you to set your therapeutic goals.  Each session is a focused collaboration in which you examine specific conflicts or problematic events in your life while observing your responses to them.  Your therapist will draw attention to your internal experience throughout the session, including your automatic defences, anxiety, symtoms and emotions, both physiological sensations and impulses of emotions/feelings.  Therapeutic interventions focus on what's taking place moment to moment, with the intention of replacing automatic defences and anxiety with healthy emotional regulation.  This is really the heart of the work.  When patients are able to reduce their anxiety and relinquish automatic defenses, their unconscious longings, and fellings and memories rapidly rise to the surface and are available for deep processing with the support of the therapist.  Many patients describe this part of the therapy as extremely powerful and liberating.  We find it's not uncommon for patients to express astonishment over what they've learned, and "relieved", "free", "satisfied", and "at peace" at the end of an IS-TDP session.

How is IS-TDP Different from Other Therapies?

Things you'll notice right away: IS-TDP is not your typical "talk therapy." In this unique model, therapist and patient establish a specific set of therapeutic goals at the onset of treatment and work together in a structured, purposeful way. Initially, this may seem strange or even challenging for people accustomed to using their therapy hour to discuss whatever they wish in an open-ended or free-flowing manner.  In the beginning, the IS-TDP therapist takes a more active and directive role, and the session can feel quite intense.  At the same time, therapist and patient work cooperativelly in an atmosphere of mutual respect, trust and honesty to monitor for excessive anxiety or discomfort with an eye toward keeping it at a tolerable level.

How Does IS-TDP Achieve Such Rapid Results?

IS-TDP often succeeds where other therapies stall because of its intense focus on unconscious defenses, especilly defenses that interfere with the therapeutic process.  IS-TDP is based on the principle that an intellectual grasp of one's problems is not enough to cure them.  IS-TDP is designed to work on a deeply experiential level and transformative change often occurs in a relatively short period of time.  In fact, IS-TDP is frequently used to treat people whose persistent symtoms have not disolved or resolved in the course of other therapies or with medication.

How Long are IS-TDP Sessions?

Because of the complex nature of IS-TDP treatment, we typically recommend 90 minute sessions instead of the traditional 45 or 50 minute therapy hour.  Some people prefer 120 or 180 minute sessions, especially in the beginning of treatment.  Sessions do not necessarily have to occur weekly, although many clients prefer this.  IS-TDP is ideal for out-of-town patients or for people who prefer to condense their therapy into blocks of sessions, such as 2 to 3 hours of IS-TDP therapy a day, for 2 - 3 days in a row, or at less frequent intervals such as bi-weekly or even once a month.

  • Practice Information
    Experienced helping people with:
    • Addictions
    • Adolescence Issues
    • Anxiety
    • Bullying
    • Depression
    • Divorce
    • Eating Disorders
    • Marriage
    • Mood Disorders
    • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
    • Panic Issues
    • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
    • Sexuality Issues
    • Trauma Issues
    • Violence Issues
    I use the following approaches:
    • Analytical Psychology
    • Attachment-Based Psychotherapy
    • Attachment-Based Therapy (children)
    • Brief Psychotherapy
    • Coaching
    • Couples Counselling
    • Eye Movement Desensitization And Reprocessing (EMDR)
    • Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP)
    • Marriage Counseling
    • Online Counselling

    Terry has been in practice for 32 years.

  • Location Information
    Practice Locations
    Terry Brennen & Associates Inc. a division of TWB Consulting
    #1706 - 955 Marine Drive West Vancouver, BC V7T 1A9
    • Bus Service
    • Free Parking
    • Pay Parking
    • Rapid Transit
    • Secured/Monitored Bicycle Parking
    • Wheelchair Accessible

    Services offered in English only.

  • Availability & Rates
    Sunday6:00am - 9:30pm
    Monday6:00am - 10:00pm
    Tuesday6:00am - 10:00pm
    Wednesday6:00am - 10:00pm
    Thursday6:00am - 10:00pm
    Friday6:00am - 10:00pm
    Saturday6:00am - 10:00pm
    Client Rates
    Individual Therapy$185 / 60min
    Couples Therapy$185 / 60min
    Family Therapy$185 / 60min
    Group Therapy$185 / 60min
    Coaching$185 / 60min
    Organizations$185 / 60min
    Online Therapy$185 / 60min
    Pro Bono AvailableYes
    Low Income Rate AvailableYes

    Note: If seeking reimbursement from an insurance provider, please check coverage amounts and details with them.

    Payment Options
    • Cash
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