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Charlie Bannon

Executive Director

Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Masters in Social Work

Honours BA Degree in Social Policy

CORU Reg No: 000620

Member of APCP (Association of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists in Ireland)
Professional member of IANDS (International Association for Near Death Studies)
Completed training for Certified Mental Health Professionals by ACISTE (The American
Centre for the Integration of Spiritually Transformative Experiences)
The Noetic Centre Ltd is an affiliate member of SAI (Spiritual Awakenings International)

Professional Experience

Charlie’s had experience working in:

Counselling Services | Adult Mental Health Services | Psychiatry of Later Life

Addiction Services | Hospice Services for the terminally ill

Homeless Services | Services of users of wheelchairs

Community Development Work in the areas of Intercultural Integration, Positive Mental Health, and Drug Prevention

In Addition:

Charlie has been a Lecturer on the Social Work Masters Degree course at (UCD) University College Dublin, specialising in the Community Development Module.

Interests:

Martial Arts: Charlie has achieved a 1st Degree Black Belt in Green Dragon Kung Fu, and a 3rd Degree Brown Belt in Kenpo Karate

Philosophy: Charlie has an interest in the philosophies of the ancient civilisations of the world, and the common universal principles that they express. These universal principles show us the oneness of humanity, our connection with nature, and the opportunities for growth and healing that life presents to us

The Human and Social Sciences: Having faced and overcome serious life challenges himself, an important part of what gives meaning and purpose to Charlie’s life, is his work. It is an opportunity for him to give back to the world, to do his part in helping his fellow human beings to discover how they can reduce their suffering, how they can find meaning, healing, purpose and growth in their lives. As well as having lived experience, the human and social sciences give Charlie a proven scientific evidence-based approach to his work, which helps people learn how to meaningfully help themselves.

Nature: Nature is one of life’s great teachers. For example, rivers show us how they flow persistently towards their destiny. Rivers do not stop flowing because of obstacles (such as rocks), but adapting to their existence, rivers flow around them, and eventually wear them down through persistence, and by never giving up.

When you see a beautiful tree, hundreds of years old, in all its glory and splendour, let’s remember that this tree was once a tiny seed that carried only the potential of what it eventually could become. If that seed had not experienced the cold, dark, cramped conditions of the soil in which it was planted, it would never have achieved its potential. When we suffer, which is an unavoidable part of being human, we may consider possibly, that life is “planting” us and that we have the opportunity to grow. In this way, we add meaning to an experience of suffering that we could not avoid. Rather than falling into despair, we now have the opportunity to grow from the experience and discover our potential, and to live with hope and joy.

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