My counselling career started in 2008, offering counselling in a charity organisation and soon after that in a GP Practice in the NHS working with all age groups experiencing mental health difficulties.
I was then offered the opportunity working with students in a local college which brought me into contact with many young people with a diverse range of presenting issues, including depression, anxiety, stress, sexual and emotional abuse, relationships difficulties and grief and loss.
I found working with young people immensely rewarding, and wanted to further my understanding and gain specialist knowledge in counselling young people and although I already had one counselling qualification, I decided to undertake a post graduate qualification in Counselling Children and Young People studying at the University of South Wales in Newport, As part of my course, I worked at a secondary school in Newport, which gave me the opportunity to put into practice the theory and skills from the course.
By offering children and young people the chance to be listened to through counselling demonstrates that they are valued. By offering early interventions I believe that this can have a hugely positive impact on the young person and hopefully reduce the chance of mental health problems developing in the future.
“All children and young people have a sense of belonging and are loved and valued” is an aim that has become more and more important to me the more I work with children. Children and Young People are entitled to the same rights as adults and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Children underpins this. I am firmly committed to upholding this but believe that this has to be demonstrated in terms of positive action.
At Talk in the Bay I work with young people from the age of 10 years upwards.