I became a therapist because I want to help people overcome or at least support them in their difficulties. I know how difficult it can be when you don't have anyone to turn to or even know how and I want to be there for others.
Integrative allows me to tailor the therapy for the clients needs rather than use "one size fits all". Each person is unique and has their own way of seeing the world, as a result therapy should be adaptable and work for the client. The client should have input in the treatment they receive and integrative allows the therapist to work with the client and see what fits best for the client.
I use Person Centred Therapy, which means that during the sessions I am taking my clients lead is important to me as this allows me to empathise with their situation, gain a better understanding and provide a supportive non-judgemental environment for them. This then allows us to explore together any difficulties, issues or problems you are facing together as you are the expert to your life.
Returning to education to study counselling after 10 years was for me challenging and anxiety provoking but now qualified I would do it all again if it meant helping others in such a rewarding profession. I find working with women who are or have suffered from abuse and domestic violence as rewarding. I use my resilience and experience as a way to help others, by connecting with them, holding them in their distress and keeping them safe. I was part of a pioneering project to help women who have suffered violence by an intimate partner or family member This meant that I was one of the first trainee counsellor to provide the service and once I qualified I continued to provide support to the service.