Brenda Kane

Psychotherapist & Associate

brenda@balancedminds.com

 

Brenda is a psychological therapist, with an extensive history of working in mental health.  She started her career in mental health as a Mental Health Nurse; working in acute admissions prior to working in Community Day Services with people with a diagnosed Psychotic illness.  Latterly she worked in Homelessness, leading a team who worked across the local authority and NHS service in an outreach approach to streamline identified needs in a holistic approach.   Brenda feels she learned a lot from the people she worked with and in particular the impact of psychosocial interventions, therapeutic relationship and therapy.  

When an opportunity arose to train in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) she was keen, a model introduced to her by a Psychiatrist she worked with.   Brenda continued to value the therapeutic relationship and the ability to work with particular therapeutic models to collaboratively work towards improving the mental health and wellbeing of those she worked with.  Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) initially came to her attention when training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT); and has been an ongoing interest over the years. 

She has specialist training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Mindfulness and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).   Brenda has worked in an adult Psychological Therapies team initially part time from 2009; since 2015 she has focussed her time in full to the delivery of Psychological Therapies. 

Developing a self interest in Mindfulness she progressed to teacher level and has facilitated 8 week programmes and taster Mindfulness sessions to staff groups, enabling others to consider the benefits of fostering awareness and engaging in regular practice.    

Out with work, Brenda enjoys time with her family and black Labrador; reading; Mindfulness practice; getting out in nature walking local hills and has goals to bag more Munros over the next few years and when restrictions allow is keen to continue her love of travel. 

 

Professional Training / Qualifications

23/04/2020   

Flash Technique & EMDR   

01/11/2019       

Introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) in a Group Setting        

2017-2018        

Level 1, 2 and 3 in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing 

2016

Training to facilitate Survive & Thrive (Post Trauma) Psycho education programme

2016

Accreditation as practitioner in Interpersonal Psychotherapy 

2015

Training in Prolonged Exposure Therapy 

2012

Introductory Course in Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)

2011     

Teacher Training in Mindfulness Based Therapy

2008-2009       

PgCert Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

2006

Introduction to Motivational Interviewing

1997-1999

BSc Nursing Studies, Napier University, Edinburgh              

1994-1997        

Diploma in Mental Health Nursing, Napier University, Edinburgh               

Workshops 

As well as the above, Brenda has attended workshops and training sessions in:- 2012 STEPS (Distress Tolerance and Emotional Regulation) 2 days; Brief Interventions Therapy (3 days); Emotional Freedom Therapy (EFT)  (2 days) and attended CBT master classes specifically aimed for  working with People with Personality Disorder and another in Low Self Esteem. All mentioned workshops have been very apt and the skills well used in the roles she has worked.

 Registration and Accreditation

IPT UK accreditation 

Nursing & Midwifery Council; under Mental Health Nursing