Chris has been a trainee counsellor since January 2020, while studying for his BACP accredited Advanced Diploma. During this time he has also volunteered as a befriender for Dorset Mind.
It wasn’t until I received counselling myself due to work related stress, that I really discovered how valuable and effective it can be. I took the opportunity to complete a Mental Health First Aid course, enabling me to provide basic support to my colleagues. This, along with prior interactions with counselling compounded to give me the personal motivation to pursue counselling as a career.
Talking therapy provides people with a space to have open and honest discussions about their thoughts, feelings and concerns in an impartial and non-judgemental space. It is an opportunity for self-exploration and a chance to gain a better understanding of personal problems and issues. ‘Self-care’ and ‘speaking out’ are phrases frequently used to encourage people to open up, but how many people can honestly say they dedicate specific time in their week for genuine self-reflection.
The thought of talking to a stranger about myself and for almost an hour, terrified me at first. But I quickly felt at ease, with the huge benefits of even just one hour a week, solely devoted to talking about myself soon becoming clear.
A quirky fact about me is that I was once crowned the Welsh National Badminton Singles Champion.