You are making the very brave yet daunting decision to work alongside a stranger which can involve sharing your concerns and deepest fears, believe me when I say that notion is not lost on me. Therefore you should have some idea of who I am as a person.
So, here I am. A female in my mid 20's who is continually working to get her name out there in the counselling world while also working two other jobs to be able to get by.
I am a huge believer in spending time doing what you love and indulging in lots of self-care. For me doing what I love is attending concerts. Festivals are a stretch too far for me as I am not a camping kind of girl. In contrast to the loud atmosphere of rock and heavy metal events I find solace in going for walks with my boyfriend where I can take my camera and take pictures of the outdoors and nature. All pictures on this site were taken by me on my self-care/destressing travels. I have also recently rediscovered my passion for writing which disappeared during the slog of English GCSE's 10years ago.
The million dollar question, why did I decide to become a counsellor?
Short answer, I want to help people.
Longer answer, I want to be someone who makes a difference. The news, online, everywhere there are reports of people feeling ignored, being made to feel like they don't matter, and being made to feel insignificant. People are struggling and they feel alone. If I can make even the smallest impact in someone's life, if for our time together in sessions long term or short term I can allow someone to feel heard, understood, and not as alone then I am doing something worthwhile.
Personal experience with counselling:
My personal counselling had a profound impact on me. I have always been quite a confident person who held my own, the opinions of others didn't really impact me or alter how I saw myself. Then in my teenage years that changed due to an experience I had and I felt lost for quite awhile. Counselling brought me out of the fog that I felt like I was trapped in. I was provided the time and the space to not only find myself again but to come back even stronger and even more confident than I was before. If I can have that kind of impact on someone the way my counsellor did on me then I have done what I set out to do.