At the start of the millennium, having been out of work for 13 years due to bringing up children and my severity mobility issues, I decided to re-enter eduction.
With the thought that “Just because my legs aren’t working well – my head is!” I signed up for adult education courses including ‘I.T skills for the terrified’ & ‘Level 1 Listening Skills’.
From there I was bitten by the counselling bug & embarked on the journey to qualify. This took me through placements with Cruse Bereavement Care & Connexion Mentoring Service, where I was offered employment in the role of ‘Liaison Officer’ for the volunteers & then ‘Training facilitator’.
16 years on & still with mobility issues, I am a BACP Registered Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist, Clinical Supervisor & trained Mediator with extensive experience in these fields.
I recently began working for a Mental Health charity as a Team Lead/Counsellor & line manage psychological therapists from 2 different projects within the service. Before this I worked for 9 years at a large FE college on Teesside as Lead Counsellor of the College Counselling Service; providing counselling support for students of all ages & would integrate appropriate techniques and approaches for the unique needs of each client.
I also devised and delivered awareness sessions for staff and students on a variety of emotional and well-being issues.
I recently looked to mirror the idea of Andy Hunt’s Change Camp by setting up a ‘study day’ in Teesside. Tees Enhancing Skills Space [T:ESS] had it’s inaugural day in Oct 2015.