In my time as a counsellor, I have primarily worked with victims of Domestic Violence and Abuse via WAVES across Cornwall, attempting to bring about positive change and direction. Although my core model is Person-Centred, I work in a holistic and integrative way, where by, if I feel a a technique, skill or strategy may be beneficial to the client, then I will offer to bring this into the room. While training I have taken on additional courses to specialise in Addiction counselling and Sex Offender therapy, while also continually training with various providers to ensure that the service I provide is at its very best. For more info and to view the WAVES website created by myself, click here.
CHANGE 4 U
I currently work with Change 4 U, a charity within its pilot phase in Cornwall based upon the Plymouth Ahimsa service. My work within this role primarily focuses on working with individuals who have been abusive in their intimate relationships and proving tools, techniques and a listening ear in an environment that is non-judgemental, open, honest, and genuine. We are unique in the service we provide, as any individual can seek support from us free of charge regardless of his or her background prociding he or she is able to admit they have been abusive.
ADDICTION SUPPORT COORDINATOR
Until recently, I worked part time as a support coordinator within an Addiction Complex Needs service, this involved working with clients who were Stage 1 and Stage 2 in their recovery, often involving providing support to repeat offenders and those suffering with co-morbid addictions and various health conditions, with many clients presenting a struggle to create a permanent change in their lives but determined to make change respectively. In my time, I at one point was the support coordinator for both two addiction services in Newquay, and the community outreach support in Newquay also. I also spent time working around the county providing support for young vulnerbale adults at risk, at mental health services, and working directly with the homeless. For more info, click here.
HOMELESS RECOVERY WORKER
Until recently I worked as a homeless recovery worker in Newquay, supporting the homeless to receive benefits, find accommodation, secure voluntary work, reach employment, and also provide a listening service. I was also involved in providing technical support, in the design of the DISC website, it's logo's, documents, and blogs also. For more info on the work I peformed, click here.
MEDIA & MARKETING EXECUTIVE
I currently work for WAVES as their Media and Marketing Executive, designing and promoting the WAVES website, its social media, its blogs, and its event promotion. I also aid in the creation and editing of documents, policy and other media.
I have previously worked in a care home for the elderly and the dying, working often with a shortage of staff and in a high pressured and demanding environment. I had learnt a lot while in this role, the importance of life, the value of life, and what it is like to be lonely.
I spent time working as an active listener and befriender in a care home in Gloucester, although listening was important, my presence was also, as one volunteer could be the difference from someone in a wheel chair going on a trip outside of the care home or not.
I completed over a year of nurse training, in which time I completed two placements, one being in a hospital environment working with bariatrics, and the other working within a care home.
I volunteered to help out at our local school, working alongside teaching assistants and the children themselves who were classed as having special educational needs, and also led a class of my own on one occasion.