Hi there, ManageMinds readers! You've arrived at another instalment of our 'Meet the Team' series. This month, we're giving a warm welcome to Fiona, an integrative counsellor with over one year of experience. Join us as we learn why she became a counsellor, how she prioritises her wellbeing and what advice she thinks you need to know!
What types of therapy do you utilise? Self compassion-focused, person-centred and solution-focused therapy.
What areas do you specialise in? Anxiety, bereavement, trauma, neurodiversity and LGBTQ+.
What inspired you to become a counsellor, and how did you get started in your career?
My own experience of therapy and the benefits I felt inspired me to provide the opportunity to others for personal growth and self acceptance.
What do you think is the most challenging aspect of being a counsellor, and how do you manage this in your work?
It can be challenging working with areas which I haven't experienced before. I discuss barriers with my supervisor and read about different topics in continuing professional development (CPD).
Can you share a success story or meaningful experience you've had with a client that has stayed with you throughout your career?
The most rewarding experience is when a client finishes therapy because they are living a full, busy life.
How do you prioritise self-care and wellbeing for yourself as a counsellor?
I enjoy walking as a meditative tool to replenish my soul in nature.
What's your favourite thing about your job as a counsellor?
I love people and working out together how things are, and how to approach situations or concerns together.
What's the most interesting or unique experience you've had in your career as a counsellor?
Working with neurodivergent clients has become an area of interest and research has been enlightening.
What are some common misconceptions about therapy that you would like to dispel for our readers?
It's going to fix all your problems at once! This may happen, but by giving the process time to grow and develop can be so rewarding.
What advice would you give to someone who is considering therapy but isn't sure about taking that first step?
Take some time to read the biographies and choose a therapist you would like to try. Try an introductory session to meet the therapist you have chosen and see how it feels.
How do you help hesitant clients feel more comfortable opening up and sharing their experiences?
By listening and allowing the client to use the space at their own pace building trust together. It’s a big step to enter therapy and it’s so important to take the time to build a therapeutic relationship.
How do you encourage your clients to prioritise their own self-care and wellbeing?
In whatever way they choose; it’s an individual decision.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Trust the process.
What’s something people might be surprised to learn about you?
I’m an open book, ask away!
What’s your favourite hobby or pastime outside of work?
Walking, yoga, family.
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