My name is Rosaline Nain Chia. I was born in Cameroon, West Africa and have been living in Scotland for the past 12 years. I have always found it fulfilling to support others to be themselves without undermining the rights of others, of course. Very early on in my adult life, I realised that when I listened to people’s worries and fears without judging them, they appeared to be happier. My friends and family in particular, always turned to me when they were upset and/or experienced conflict in their thoughts and behaviour, and would express feeling more confident and happier after having a profound conversation with myself. They still do. I realised they trusted me with their thoughts and feelings and it felt, and continues to feel good, to be trusted and also to be able to contribute “something” towards another person's wellbeing.
On the other hand, I also realised that I found it hard to express my own thoughts and feelings. I felt I needed to “Be Strong” for them and yet knew that I will feel much better if I had a deeper understanding of myself and my vulnerabilities.
It was in search of understanding who I was in relation to my family, culture and society that I enrolled for the Transactional Analysis (TA) 101 course in 2010 and from there decided to do the whole counselling TA diploma course. I have never looked back or regretted making the decision to discover myself through TA.
Transactional Analysis Transactional Analysis gives me the common platform through which I can perceive human experiences, mine included. It has helped me understand why I perceive life the way I do; why I interpret and experience certain situations differently from others around me. It has also provided me with the tools to understand and empathise with others and subsequently support them more effectively. As a counsellor/coach, it gives me the tools to empower others to explore and grow to their full potential.
My qualifications include a Master's degree in Business Management with Entrepreneurship from Edinburgh Napier University Business School and a BSc in Social Science from Teesside University. I grew up in Cameroon, lived and worked as an Entry Clearance Assistant at the British High Commission in Accra, Ghana. My varied qualifications, work and life experiences offer me a better understanding of others and their point of view. Of course, at the end of the day, the only person that can fully understand their experience is the one having the experience.
Apart from my counselling/coaching work, I also work as a Relief Community Support Worker. In my capacity as a Community Support Worker, my focus is always the individual service user; I meet them at the level where they are, support them to build on their individual capabilities and basically encourage their individuality and sense of self. I find that my TA counselling training comes in very handy in making my job as support worker lighter and more fulfilling. It gives me the tools to understand and relate in a unique way to each service user. Yes, TA is all about relating to others in ways that does not exclude your understanding of who you are in relation to the other person and vice versa.
As a counsellor/therapist, I have provided counselling services to clients on behalf of counselling organisations in Edinburgh and Aberdeen. I continue to provide counselling to private clients through my private practice that I personally manage.
I am a qualified counsellor with a COSCA Diploma in Counselling using Transactional Analysis and I continue to be trained through Continuous Personal Development (CPDs). Recent CPDs include attendance and participation in the "Treating Intrusive Thoughts and the Inner Critical Voice", Aberdeen, November 2017 and most recently Dr. Joe Dispenza's 3-day intensive progressive workshop on "Understanding the Power of Your Mind" in Edinburgh, March 2019. I found the later quite interesting as it helped me to link my knowledge of Transactional Analysis with the brain and the spiritual aspect of the human being.
I am a fully insured counsellor and I am registered with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) data protection register.
I abide by the ethics and professional guidelines of the UK Association of Transactional Analysis (UKATA) and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I am a registered member of the BACP.