What I am doing now…

Lynsey Christian

Diploma in Child Psychotherapy (Children & Adolescents)

I completed my Diploma in Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents training in July 2018 and what can I say? What a journey it has been! I vividly remember being told that the person I was at the beginning of my studies would not be the same person at the end and how very true that is.

I have always worked within healthcare; in learning disabilities, mental health and at our local Hospice for the last 11 years in various roles. For the last 4 years I have headed the Young Person’s Support Service within Hospice offering 1-2-1 and group psychological and bereavement support. I have been fortunate that my employer and two local charities have helped me through my studies.

The work is really varied and no two days are ever the same. I support young people if they have a life limiting illness or have a relative that is or has been a patient of Hospice. I do a lot of liaising with other charities, parents and schools, offering training and information on how they can support the young people they come into contact with. I am part of the teaching team offering specific bereavement/psychological support training to other healthcare professionals. Our drop-in days run every fortnight and is open to any young person with psychological or bereavement needs.

My role has recently changed and I believe that has a lot to do with the training I have done; giving me the confidence and pushing myself out of my comfort zone. I now head a team of 20, including clinical psychologists, counsellors, psychotherapeutic counsellors, complementary therapists, nurses and healthcare assistants.

A typical day would consist of planning meetings, staff support, therapy sessions with young people and liaising with families.

I would really recommend training at The Northern Guild. It’s hard to put into words what you learn and how it changes you, but it is something magical and transformative.

Lynsey Christian