I studied for 4 years to become a Counsellor. Whilst studying, I was a volunteer at Samaritans where I held 2 roles, firstly working over the phone and face to face to people in distress and often suicidal. My other role was School Team Lead providing workshops to young people in schools on emotional health. I am comfortable speaking about suicidal intentions and the pain and internal conflict that this can bring.
My motivation for being a counsellor was driven by my own experience in therapy which was undoubtedly life changing.
I have provided counselling in several agencies and more recently provided therapeutic support to children and families affected by Domestic Abuse and have experience of statutory agencies. I have worked with people who have been affected by the criminal justice system.
I teach counselling in a college and provide counselling for students in training.
I am a supplier for a County Council working with adults who have been referred by Social Services for psychotherapy. This contributes to helping families find stability and healthier relationships.