What experience or background do you bring to your counselling and supervision practice that is uniquely yours?
I was lucky enough to have counselling normalized in my family from a young age. I went to counselling on and off, both individually and with different family members, throughout my childhood, teen years, and early twenties. I remember worrying when I was younger about whether or not I could be a counsellor when I needed counselling myself - I had internalized the belief that in order to be a counsellor you essentially couldn't have any problems - I now know how untrue this is! Counsellors also happen to be humans :-)
What is your favourite thing about working closely with people every day?
I am so inspired by my clients! I am reminded constantly of how much work counselling is and I am truly in awe of the dedication and courage clients have in their efforts to learn, cope, heal, succeed, process, accept, confront, challenge... I could go on and on!
What is a personal challenge that you have overcome in your own life?
Hmm what to pick for this... I'll go with the roller-coaster ride of my sexual identity. Growing up I considered myself to be heterosexual and to be honest I didn't give my sexuality much thought, I had boyfriends and sometimes felt attracted to girls. In university I started having more than friend feelings for another girl and had my first same-sex relationship. This led to a couple of years of having two separate lives - my university life where I was "out" and my home life where I was still very much in the closet. Through the help of therapy I navigated the coming out process to my family and friends and then a few years later after my initial same-sex relationship ended, I met my now partner - a guy. Embarking on a heterosexual relationship after a long-term same-sex relationship had it's own challenges but I am fortunate enough to be surrounded by understanding and open-minded family and friends and of course my partner!
What have you learned from your work?
That we connect through vulnerability and there's a lot of vulnerability in counselling, not only for clients but I also try to be vulnerable so that I can form close and trustworthy relationships with my clients.