How Sian Williams Mixes Counselling NHS Patients With News Reading
Channel 5 news reader Sian Williams is a BCP-qualified psychological therapist completing her PhD in psychology to become fully qualified as a counselling psychologist. She has been doing clinical work for several years now, and feels strongly drawn to working within the NHS, as so many members of her family do. "Although I wanted to be a journalist like my father, I also wanted to reflect my mother's caring attitude; like my grandmother, she was a nurse.
"I believe it's a huge responsibility to sit in front of someone when they're asking for help. I'm now working in the Psychology Department of a big London teaching hospital and counselling patients there, but in my training I have been seeing clients for the past two years."
In this 15-minute video, she talks to welldoing.org founder Louise Chunn about:
- how having cancer four years ago taught her the value of psychological help for patients
- how self-compassion helps in dealing with emotional side of cancer and any trauma
- how mental health could be featured more in broadcasting
- acknowledging mental health effects of Covid, but also sees resilience and growth in people following traumatic events