I currently work in private practice as a person-centred counsellor and group facilitator in Glasgow, Scotland – not what I would have predicted career-wise when I moved from New Zealand to Glasgow 16 years.
My previous career was in television production, in editorial, creative and organisational roles. Sometimes it was a lot of fun and very rewarding, and sometimes it was neither of those things! It was while still working in television that I began my therapeutic training journey by joining the Northern School of Psychodrama as a part-time student. This was very much an experiential training underpinned by the PCA and it inspired me to enrol full-time at Glasgow’s University of Strathclyde where I achieved my PG Diploma in Person Centred Counselling in 2014. I then achieved a Higher Certificate in Creative Action Methods in Psychotherapy from the NSP.
In 2016 I also undertook training and certification in the facilitation of The Daring Way™ (pyscho-educational methodologies devised by, and based on the research of, Dr Brené Brown). I use it both in one-to-one clinical settings and in personal development group settings and I find it to be a very transformative framework for emotional understanding, and very compatible with the person centred approach.
I also recently spent several years working part-time for Scotland’s first not-for-profit funeral directors. My community engagement role involved running information workshops that actively sought to address and dispel the discomfort that many people can feel in talking about death, dying and bereavement. I now work independently with various charities in this area.
My working life has seen me encounter a wide range of people, situations and challenges, all of which have made an impact on and inform who I am, and the skills I have to offer, today. However it’s my Person Centred training which has fundamentally changed the way I experience myself and the world. The PCA feels to me to be a powerful philosophy and I am very passionate about expanding the applications of it, beyond the purely therapeutic realm.