I’m now a therapist and proud to have survived so much. I am a recipient of the degree of life. My ‘CV’ includes:
Loss of career
Everyone has it in them to survive; it’s innate. It’s the hardest thing you will ever do and it will take a long time. You will never regret your recovery.
I started my own journey in 2012. I didn’t know then that my life would completely change. My own self-work has had such an immense impact on me that I have re-trained to now help others. I believe in long term therapy for lifelong results and that’s what I benefitted from. It is a unique relationship and one I invested in.
I remember when I started seeing a counsellor. I said that I would be returning to work in 5-6 weeks and therefore had an expectation of a timescale. I laugh at that now! I didn’t realise how much I had to uncover, explore, understand and heal. Plus the life events, day-to-day struggles that occurred whilst in therapy and which I benefited from being able to explore at the time they were happening. This deep dive of the past as well as a safe space to explore the present has ended up being the hardest but very best journey. I was with my counsellor for 4 years and I look back on that time as incredibly precious.
During this time, I had some major changes in circumstances occur and as a result I didn’t have my old life open to me anymore. For the first time I began listening to my instincts. I joined a course to explore counselling skills for myself, thinking after 4 years of being a client, I had a pretty good idea of what a therapist should be like. Three years later and I am now a qualified psychotherapist. A career I never would have predicted 7 years ago.
As part of my training I have worked with severe trauma, a range of mental health issues and am able to go wherever a client needs to go. The pace, agenda and direction are set by the client. This is how I healed from things I didn’t even know were holding me back and the unconditional holding (being heard without judgement or restriction) was the basis for that change.