I worked as a secondary school teacher and then a connexions young people’s adviser before I trained as a counsellor/ psychotherapist.
I decided to be a counsellor for two main reasons. I had counselling myself for a challenge I needed support with. I found this experience very helpful and it allowed me to make changes in my own life. I realised I would like to be able to offer support to others in this way.
I also enjoyed the 1-1 support I was able to offer in both of my previous jobs and realised that counselling would be a job that suited me.
I have previously supported people on the helpline at Nottingham Rape Crisis centre. I currently still volunteer at The Quetzal project in Leicester supporting women who have experienced childhood sexual abuse. I also still volunteer at ISAS, Newark supporting male and female survivors of incest and childhood sexual abuse.
I recently completed my MSc in person-centred and experiential psychotherapy and am now a fully qualified counsellor at band 7 level (MSc).