Since I undertook my undergraduate degree in social sciences in 2008, I have had a developing passion to help others. This desire opened doors of opportunities for me to work in various health and caring professions. I gained skills as a support worker where I worked with young people with additional support needs. Here I learned the value of compassion and empathy whilst gaining valuable experience in a caring role.
Later, I was given the opportunity to work as a Youth Development Worker at a relationship counselling organisation. Here I facilitated self-development programmes with children and young people from a variety of challenging backgrounds in primary schools, secondary schools and employment centres. In this role, I was given the opportunity to embark on a number of qualification such as the COSCA Counselling Skills course and the Mental Health Awareness First Aid course. As my experience and skill set developed, I branched deeper into the field of counselling and learned more about how this profession could help others.
This led me to undertake more therapeutic courses, mainly around Transactional Anlsysis. I was awarded my 101 Introduction Certificate and Foundation Year Certificate in Transactional Analysis in 2015. As I studied on this course I continued my work as a Youth Development worker and embarked on working as Volunteer Helpline Counsellor. The experience I gain and skills I developed from this role and my studies at the time enhanced my passion for therapy and developing this as a career.
During this time I realised that Counselling Psychology was the field of therapy that best suited my desires to help others and my passion for progressing in a career. In 2014 I began studying my Graduate Diploma in Psychology at Glasgow Caledonian University where I received a Merit award for my degree.
After receiving my degree I was given the opportunity to work as an Assistant Psychologist at a brain injury rehabilitation centre. This incredible experience served to enhance my love for psychology as I undertook one to one and group sessions that focussed on the overall psychological well-being of our patients at the unit.
After this position, I was accepted onto the Counselling Psychology Doctoral programme at Glasgow Caledonian University where I currently study. During this role, I have shown developments in my skill set and understanding of the principles and practicalities of counselling psychology. I have developed both personally, academically and professionally as a result. I have been fortunate to present workshops and posters at counselling psychology conferences over the past year. recently I won first place for my poster presentation at the BPS counselling psychology annual conference.
I am currently employed at Glasgow Caledonian University also where I work as a seminar tutor teaching psychology undergraduate students, and as a research assistant in the psychology department. In this role, I conduct qualitative analysis in sexual health and antibiotic resistance.
As my studies in counselling psychology have progressed I have been nominated as my doctoral class student representative, British Psychological Society Counselling Psychology Scottish Trainee Representative and PsyPAG Counselling Psychology Representative for the UK.