On becoming a therapist

Formerly, I have been a teacher and a team leader in primary and middle schools and delivered education services with two regional/national environmental organisations, one of which focused on working with people from disadvantaged backgrounds, helping them to benefit from visits to the countryside.

All of my occupations have depended on communicating effectively and relating well with people of all ages, from all kinds of backgrounds. These roles have helped develop a keen interest in how we, as unique individuals, learn best. In particular, how the environments we find ourselves in – social, cultural and emotional, as well as physical (urban and/or natural) - might influence our learning.

These experiences feed my fascination, with how it is that we each learn to be the person that we have become and particularly, with the damaging impacts of abuse in all of its forms. Counselling may be thought of as a part of our personal process of learning to know and accept ourselves - with our uniquely personal thoughts, feelings and experiences - as the person we, find ourselves to be.

My post-graduate studies have helped to significantly develop my insight into what it is about counselling that actually benefits clients. This interest is progressing through a university research project (M.Phil./Ph.D.) exploring what heals in counselling/psychotherapy.