What attracted you to become a therapist?
Stepping into counselling training felt to me like a natural next step having spent a number of years supporting colleagues in the workplace through challenges both personally and professionally. I wanted to understand how counselling could make a difference to me and through this training also help people to better cope with life events and experiences.
Where did you train?
I started my early training with Sussex Downs college and progressed to complete a L4 Diploma in Therapeutic Integrative Counselling with CPTA (Counselling & Psychotherapy Training Academy) in Brighton. The awarding body is CPCAB and is the first stage of Open University Foundation Degree in Counselling.
What sort of people do you usually see?
Through my placement and since qualifying, I notice that the clients that I often work with are adults who are experiencing a loss of purpose or identity and often present with anxiety, panic attacks and low self-esteem.
What do you like about being a therapist?
Those “magical moments” when a client has found some clarity, insight, acceptance and understanding that provides them with an opportunity for change, I find truly humbling to witness.
What is less pleasant?
Frustration when a session is coming to an end with so much more to explore and the inevitable admin tasks.
How long you’ve been with welldoing.org and what you think of us?
I joined welldoing.org six months ago and I have found the combination of online articles, additional resources through the website alongside the administration and payment facilities are a fantastic asset to supporting me in running my practice.
Do you ever suggest books or apps to clients?
Yes, I would offer suggestions to a client if these felt appropriate.
What’s your consultation room like?
I have a consultation room at home which provides a calm and confidential space to work with my clients
What you do for your own mental health?
I enjoy a daily walk, listening to music and tap dancing lessons.
What do you wish people knew about therapy?
I wish people knew that finding the right therapist and way of working for them personally is key to their experience of therapy being beneficial, it’s not a “one size fits all” approach.
What have you learnt about yourself in therapy?
Through my journey I have learned about my own relationships, reactions and unconscious judgements. I have also learned to look after myself better and say no requests when I need to.