Who I am, and how I became a therapist
Earlier in my career I worked within Optometry and Ophthalmology working alongside Consultant Ophthalmologists within local NHS hospitals to support patients with their vision loss. When a patient is diagnosed with an eye condition they go through a process of adjustment and loss and it was my job to signpost them to organisations that could help and offer emotional support. Another part of this role was to test and issue patients with low visual aids to support them in their readjustment.
At the same time I was trained as a Pastoral Assistant for my diocese and was a volunteer offering emotional support for members of the church and local surroundings. It was this role that sparked my interest in counselling and psychotherapy and so I decided to train starting with simple counselling skills, leading to the BA (Hons) degree in Integrative Relational Counselling and Psychotherapy. A journey of 5 years.
I have again gone back to study. This time at Kingston university to study the MSc in Psychology due to be completed in 2021, alongside this I am doing the Master Practitioner in Eating Disorders diploma with the National Centre for Eating Disorders (NCFED) due to be completed at the end of 2020.
It is a real privilege to me to work with clients and for them to share their inner thoughts, fears and feelings. It is a role I care deeply about and feel honoured to have the opportunity to do.