I thought it might break the ice to share a bit about how I ended up becoming a counsellor. So here goes…
Several years ago, I was feeling really low. In fact, no, I was at rock bottom. I had experienced a significant trauma and was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. My GP advised me to self-refer for counselling through the NHS (because apparently, that would be quicker than a GP referral).
And so I was on a never-ending waiting list with Leeds Mental Health Services for trauma-related counselling. I had a family and friends support network, but no one close to me really got what I was going through. I was angry and confused. I was trapped, caged by the trauma. Out of sheer desperation, I enrolled on an introduction to counselling skills course with the belief that if I learned the right skills, I could basically counsel myself.
I want to be the person you can talk to. Counselling can help you leave behind difficult events and live a life free from anxiety, depression and trauma.
I learned an awful lot about myself in that 10-week introductory training (but unfortunately, not how to counsel myself). When the course ended, I had a massive amount of self-awareness and knowledge about my 'self' that I didn't know what to do with. The natural progression was to continue with counsellor training to tie up loose ends, so to speak. Fortunately, the compulsory element of this training was to partake in a substantial amount of therapeutic counselling. And finally, I got the help I so desperately needed.
Completely without intention, counselling became my passion. I was inspired by the patience, understanding and unconditional positive regard given to me by this very ordinary looking lady. She sat and listened to me 'droning on' week, after week, after week. This lady indirectly changed my life. I say indirectly because it was me who changed my life, but I couldn't have done it alone.
And so here I am now. A fully qualified and registered therapeutic counsellor based in North Leeds. But what has stuck with me, is that moment many years ago, when I said to myself 'Where do you go, when you don't know where to go?' And this memory is what has led me to create a counselling practice that demonstrates my passion for making counselling accessible to all. I have tailored my services to ensure there is 'something for everyone'.
Calm the Chaos Counselling
Breaking down the barriers that prevent you from getting access to counselling
Therapy sessions via video call or telephone
No hectic bus or car journeys
No parking problems or parking fees
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116 Coal Road, Leeds, LS14 2DQ
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