I began my career in therapy back in 2012 as a Bereavement Volunteer for the Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity, providing therapeutic and emotional support for the family and friends of patients with life-limiting illnesses. During my time with the hospice, I developed my capacity to provide emotional support by undertaking an Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Ad Dip PC), as well as a Diploma in Hypnotherapy, at Chrysalis, where I began to acquire the necessary skills to take an active role in assisting emotional healing.
Throughout my studies with Chrysalis (and my time with the Florence Nightingale Hospice), I continued to serve the community in various voluntary placements. Initially, I directed my attention to those in need of a safe space, both as a Listening Volunteer with Samaritans and as a Befriending Volunteer & Assessor with Independent Age.
Later, I expanded into more specialised areas of counselling, working with children as a Bereavement Group Volunteer at Child Bereavement UK, as well as a Volunteer Counsellor for those suffering from addiction at SMART Drugs & Alcohol in Maidenhead.
After completing my education at Chrysalis, I continued to develop my skills as a therapist; firstly, by becoming a Certified Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) with Auspicium; and secondly, by qualifying with a Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT/REBT) from the College of Cognitive Behavioural Therapies. As an NLP practitioner and a CBT therapist, I can offer new ways to help my clients with their personal development and mental wellbeing.
Today, I continue to look for new ways to help my clients reach their goals and their full potential with Patchouli Therapy.
The most recent modes of therapy I have brought to my clinic are in meditation, art therapy, and inner child exploration, which my clients can now benefit from since I enrolled as an MA student in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy at The Institute of Psychosynthesis. Alongside my studies and running Patchouli Therapy, I continue to volunteer for the community as a counsellor, and as of March 2016, I have offered care and support to people living with HIV through the charity Thames Valley Positive Support.
We live in a complicated and hectic world, and finding the time to relax and be mindful can be difficult. But mental health is far too important to be neglected. Practicing meditation, mindfulness, and relaxation can be so powerful in helping manage the anxieties and concerns living a modern life can bring. But for some, this can be so much easier said than done. That is why I am proud Patchouli Therapy continues to offer a safe space for anyone with a troubled mind to relax, discover his or her full potential, and ultimately live a fulfilling life.