I started training to become a counsellor in 2008 after receiving therapy myself in 2007. I remember how terrified I was opening up to this complete stranger, who was asking me a lot of questions, but I now know this was part of the assessment process. I felt broken and ashamed that I couldn't leave my house without panicking, whether it was about locking the door or asking myself if I had remembered to switch something off. It was destroying my confidence within myself and I questioned everything that I tried to do. My rituals gradually got worse over a period of 10 years, and it took me all that time to realise that it was controlling me, not me being in control. What my therapist (Ben) taught me changed my life and learning about why I felt compelled to do my rituals gave me some control back. At the end of my first session on my way out the door I remember asking him "Can you help me?". I will never forget how much relief I felt when he said "Yes, I'm going to teach you how to help yourself".
After my own therapy ended my new journey began, and I started to research into how to become a therapist. I wanted to learn how to provide others with the supportive and safe environment that my therapist had given me.
After I finished my counselling skills course I decided to commit to becoming a CBT therapist by doing a diploma course for two years. I like CBT's integrated approach and I also had personal experience that it can work!
Professional Progression in 2012
I made the decision to become a part time self employed CBT therapist and I haven't looked back since!
Professional Progression in 2013
I started to volunteer as a Tutorial assistant on a CBT course run by the Centre of therapy in Glasgow where I completed my own training. The role is rewarding as I get to see other people going through the same professional training journey I have completed myself and support them along the way.
Professional Progression in 2014
I left my hairdressing job of 12 years to commit myself full time to my trade. I love my CBT job and I get a huge level of fulfilment and satisfaction from supporting other people going through their life changing journeys!
Professional Progression in 2015
I started working towards professional accreditation with the BABCP. This has been very challenging but rewarding as I really enjoy learning and developing my skills as a therapist.
Professional Progression in 2016
I got my own office space in Hamilton (18 Avon street) which was a very exciting and a bit frightening as its a big step. I had it up and running within a few weeks of moving in and I love my therapeutic space. I have it just the way I imagined I wanted it to look.
Professional Progression in 2017
I am preparing to submit my BABCP accreditation project that I started in 2015. It has been a long and challenging piece of work for me but with the support and encouragement from my family and work colleagues I have managed to keep going! The accreditation achievement is further proof of my professional competence to practice therapy so it is something that is very important to me.
I am very excited about becoming a trainee tutor on the COSCA counselling skills course run by the centre of therapy in September. This opportunity will also allow me to work towards becoming an accredited COSCA trainer in the future!