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What else do I do?

In keeping in line with my previous blog post, this months blog post is going to be a little bit more personal, with the focus being less on the academic stuff and more about updates on my business and my experiences.

I want any of my existing and potential clients to feel safe in our sessions, and to trust that they are in a session with someone who knows what they are doing, and understands their individual needs. To that effect this months post is going to be about the other work I do outside of the counselling room.

You may or may not know that my private practice counselling is something I do part time, I also do another job, I also work part-time at Yorkshire MESMAC. Yorkshire MESMAC is a Sexual health and HIV prevention charity. This work is pretty different from what I do in the counselling room. I enjoy having the mix of work that makes each day varied and interesting.

At Yorkshire MESMAC, I work with a lot of different communities, including; BME people, members of the LGBTQ+ community, HIV positive people, sex workers, asylum seekers and other professionals.

My work at Yorkshire MESMAC has given me such a valuable insight into these communities that are transferable to my work as a counsellor. I have had the opportunity to learn about the issues and challenges these communities face, and it has ignited a passion in me to challenge stigma, racism, homophobia, transphobia and biphobia and to support anyone who has to deal with these issues.

If you have been thinking about counselling, but are not sure someone will be able to empathise with what you are going, though whether it is; coming to terms with a new and scary medical diagnosis, questioning your gender or sexuality or challenging internalised homophobia, I can help you.

Please contact me and we can set up a session.

I am deeply moved and energised to work with all these different communities of people, and am always looking for ways to expand my knowledge and be a respectful ally.

If you are having difficulty managing any of the issues I have discussed above and want to talk to someone, you can feel safe knowing that I have worked with people on these topics before and can work with you in a sensitive and knowledgeable way, informed by the work I have done for Yorkshire MESMAC.