I first started working with Rotherham Samaritans in February 2015 where I volunteered until July 2019.
I completed 6 months voluntary work for Sheffield Mind in Spring 2015 where I was a befriender. I gave companionship and support to a number of clients in the Sheffield region.
In the summer of 2015 I worked at DISC Sheffield (Drink & Drug Rehabilitation) where I took part in group therapy work with service users, this opened up my horizons and highlighted the importance and damage of substance misuse.
I’ve raised awareness on BBC Radio Sheffield, Sheffield Star, Rotherham Advertiser, Capital FM, Heart FM, Trax FM plus spoken at the regional NHS Conference, the RDaSH (Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber) Trust Board meeting. All with the aim of raising awareness for mental health in South Yorkshire.
I completed the Foundation in Counselling Skills in summer 2016 and also completed The Professional Diploma in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy in the summer of 2019. This was attained at The Academy: S.P.A.C.E. (Sheffield Psychotherapy and Counselling Education).
I started working for Priory Healthcare in March 2016 where I worked as a support worker for 18 months, this was in a mental health setting. I worked with clients who had a number of different needs. My main job was to be a solid support for them when they needed someone to trust in.
I currently work for Sheffield Mind as an enhanced support worker and have a number of clients with whom I offer one to one support. This includes companionship, practical help, assistance with benefits and generally just been a point of contact. The world can be a very lonely place for some people in society.
I volunteered as a counsellor at Pathways Family Support Centre in Barnsley for 1 year which is a domestic abuse charity. I worked with people on a one to one basis offering support to them in person.
I finished my placement at Sheffield Mind where I work as a student counsellor in July 2019. I worked with a wide range of mental health conditions and really added some brilliant skills and knowledge to my toolkit.
I now work as a self employed counsellor for Sheffield Mind.
I have built up a significant wealth of personal experience that cannot be taught or acquired second hand.