What I am doing now…
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.