What’s a personal challenge you have overcome in your own life?
When I was 19 I went through a personal tragedy that had a profound impact on me and the trajectory of my life. Seemingly overnight, I had to “grow up quick”. I subsequently developed PTSD, depression, and disordered eating. Since those initial years - although I do still have my struggles (being the human that I am!) - I have certainly healed in a multitude of ways I certainly would not have thought possible at the time. I attribute much of my healing to what I’ve learned through attending my own counselling. I feel so much gratitude for the path that I am on in my life and for the helpful people I’ve met along the way.
What have you learned from your work?
I have learned that many of the challenges that individuals face are shared amongst others. It can be normalizing knowing that others may feel the same way you do. I believe that people share more similarities than differences in our human experience, and that no one is truly alone.
What experience or background do you bring that’s uniquely yours?
I am a bit of a nerd! I love to read (when I make time for it), and I always want to know more about the research side of counselling and psychology in general, and how I can apply what I learn in practice. Truthfully, I probably own too many books!
What is your favourite thing about working closely with people every day?
That every person has a unique story to share, and that I have the honour of getting to know such stories. I’m constantly amazed over how resilient and remarkable people can be!