It would be fair to say that it was my life experiences that eventually lead me to my counselling profession. If you'd like to know more, please read my very own grief story in my blog.
Prior to qualifying as a counsellor I worked as a support worker to adults with learning difficulties as well as teaching assistant and 1:1 class support at primary school.
Once entering the counselling profession, I have had the privilege to work with adults as well as youth. Two very different therapeutic approaches but equally rewarding.
I feel very proud to have been approached by and now working for a local charity - supporting those who feel suicidal or lost their loved ones to suicide. Suicide grief can be more complex and prolonged. Trying to come to terms with all the "Why-s" and "If-s" is not easy. The shock of suicide can be long lasting and often people are not aware of this. Suicide can be a very difficult subject to talk about and it can create tension and uneasiness within the family and friends circle.
It was my honour to be a part of Carers Support West Sussex team and offer counselling to carers who on top of their caring role started to struggle with their mental health. Some of the therapeutic work contained working with anxiety, depression, bereavement, terminal illness, loss of self identity, relationship difficulties and many more.
As well as working with Carers Support I worked with Mind Crawley & Horsham as a peer mentor. This very different role allowed me to help people to improve their emotional well being, sense of belonging and self esteem.
Volunteering for over a year with YMCA Dialogue offered me unforgettable and thoroughly enjoyable experience of working with youth.
When working with youth I have come across presenting issues such as depression, anxiety, loss, peer pressure, finding their own identity, sexual identity, family dynamics, career choices, difficulties being a young carer and many more.
Foundation degree in Humanistic counselling FdSc,
NCFE Level 3 Award in Counselling skills and theory,
NCFE Level 2 Award in helping skills,
NCFE Level 1 Award in interpersonal skills
Further training includes:
Working with low mood, anxiety and resilience
Understanding and coping with Anxiety
Suicide awareness and prevention
Creative intervention in trauma work
Absent fathers and the impact on Self
Infant Loss Training
Assisting clients with subsequent pregnancies after loss
Qualified in online and telephone counselling