Welcome to my new blog page
I have recently been doing more writing for the Natural Therapy For All blog page where I advertise my counselling and psychotherapy work.
I set up practice last year after completing 4 years of training at the CPTI in Edinburgh which for the last year changed to Physis Training. The training is intensive and demanding and includes observed and assessed role play, written assignments, case studies and regular assessments by the trainers who are highly experienced psychotherapists with many years of practice. Group training is gruelling, demanding and intensive.
If you are thinking of a career in talking therapies or considering having therapy, I can highly recommend the TA 101 which gives you insight into Transactional Analysis and how as human beings we function psychologically with our 3 ego states, Child, Parent and Adult. Each of these ego states incorporate thoughts feelings and behaviours either in the here and now or Adult ego state; from our childhood, the Child ego state; or Parent where we have taken in the messages our parents and key adults have given us on what we should, ought and must do.
As well as the taught course I started a clinical placement with the Women's Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre in Dundee over 3 years ago and continue to work as a volunteer therapist. Women who come for weekly therapy often have had extremely traumatic childhood's in care, with relatives, have been abandoned and subjected to severe physical, sexual and psychological abuse over prolonged periods of time. As adults they have been in abusive relationships where domestic violence and rape have been a feature.
In the 3 years I have practised at WRASAC I have seen women who have suffered and survived ritualistic abuse within their family and who have severe and enduring mental health problems such as paranoid schizophrenia, anxiety and depression, eating disorders (anorexia and bulimia), self-harming, substance misuse, gender dysphoria, suicidal ideation and previous suicide attempts. I do feel very privileged to work with women who despite their background history and mental illness have made a decision that they want to get better.
During training and since this finished I have had weekly therapy myself. People are often surprised when I tell them this. TA therapists have to commit to completing 140 hours of personal therapy over the 4 years training. This does make sense when you think about seeing clients who are distressed and suffering with mental health problems and relationship difficulties that the therapist will have had enough therapy to be able to cope with what's happening in the therapy room and have their own head reasonably straight to be the best possible source of support for their client.
Over this period I have had monthly clinical supervision with my marvellous supervisor in Edinburgh, she travels up from England once a month to see me and 2 colleagues for group supervision. Supervision ensures we provide the best possible care for our clients through safe and effective practice. Supervision also helps us to see and work through how our work impacts on us both personally and
professionally. We learn so much from one another and share our learning together.
I hope this blog has been useful for you to see my journey so far, please feel free to get in touch and let me know what you think and ask any questions.
If there's something you'd like me to write more about let me know..take care.... Carol