Charlotte Eastham is one of our students currently studying on our Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling, she began her journey to become a counsellor with The Counselling Foundation by signing up for the Foundation Certificate in 2014.
She since graduated in September 2015, where she was able to meet our guest speaker Rachel Kelly, former Times journalist and author of “Black Rainbow” and “Walking on Sunshine: 52 Small Steps to Happiness”. Read Charlotte’s insight into what it means to study with The Counselling Foundation.
‘I thought I knew myself quite well before I started training with The Counselling Foundation; but what a journey it has been and continues to be! I had had counselling before myself and this was the main drive as to why I wanted to become a therapist.
Other than my own experience in the client chair, I had no other professional qualifications or theoretical understanding of psychotherapy and so began with the part-time Foundation Certificate in 2014.
Being honest, I was nervous that the theory would go over my head and was apprehensive about studying again whist holding down a full-time job, not to mention anxious about how I may fit in with the other trainees. Right from the first week, it was clear that I wasn’t just starting a course, but was part of an organisation with a huge support network of encouraging tutors, empowering mentors and supportive colleagues.
I graduated in 2015 and went straight onto the Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling, which I have almost finished the first academic year and I fully intend to complete the diploma and continue onto the Advanced Diploma to gain my BACP accreditation.
Now that I am seeing clients myself and experiencing what it’s like to be in the counsellor chair, I have even more admiration and respect for those who come for support. For all the self-discovery that has enriched my own being, it is even more rewarding to see others flourish. I have come to believe, that owning our story and learning to love all of our whole selves in the process, is one of the greatest and bravest things that we can do. I am so proud to be training with and representing The Counselling Foundation and wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone who is wanting to explore a new career or invest in their personal development.’
Year 1 Diploma Student