Reflections of 2018 – the year of change

Updated: Mar 29

Hello, welcome to my new blog!

One of my 2019 goals is to write a regular blog and be more active on my counselling practice’s social media.

As the new year begins, I thought; what better way to start than to reflect on 2018?

It’s been a busy year for me with lots of exciting new ventures and changes. After spending many years training and developing my counselling practice on a part-time basis I was very pleased to make the decision to leave my other part-time job at the end of 2017 and become 100% self employed. It was a courageous and exciting leap but I am proud to report that 2018 has seen my counselling practice continue to flourish!

With more time on my hands to invest in growing Sussex Rainbow Counselling I embarked on an extensive 6-month-long course to train to work as an online counsellor with the Academy for Online Counselling and Psychotherapy. Through group teaching sessions, peer workshops, tutorials, assignments, research and reading I really enjoyed learning about all the different types of online counselling and how effective it can be for many clients. I plan to write more about this in another blog.

In February I joined The Association for Counselling and Therapy Online (ACTO). ACTO promotes (and improves) online counselling and psychotherapy as a recognised method of therapeutic delivery within the mental health professions.

In March I joined Dr Julian as a freelance counsellor. Dr Julian is an online counselling service with high standards. They use a very secure platform and only list counsellors who are undertaking or have completed online training and also have specialist online supervision. I am very proud to be a part of the team. Since completing my training my experience was valued and I was promoted to Senior Therapist level. I am now available to work worldwide (except the USA and Canada, due to insurance reasons) on Dr Julian.

LGBTQ Basic Awareness Training

Then in April a local counselling organisation (As You Are) asked me to run several bespoke LGBTQ counselling training days for their counselling team. I really enjoyed putting together a very interactive training programme, which was received well, with great feedback and reviews! It was very inspiring to meet fresh-faced counsellors still in training who were keen to learn how they can aim to be more inclusive when working with LGBTQ clients. Although I have lots of experience having worked as a trainer over the past 15 years, it felt great to develop a LGBTQ counselling-specific course.