How I got started as a counsellor

What a week! I went live on Monday, after spending the last week getting approval for my Counselling registration and Insurance. It’s been a heck of a journey to get this far!

I also met with a supervisor this week and it was a wonderful and inspiring experience! But what I thought I’d do here is a share a little bit more about myself and how I got into counselling.

I first considered counselling as a career in 2015, when I was almost four years into a career in railway construction. Mates in Construction, a non-profit organisation dedicated towards improving the state of mental health in the construction industry, came to the camp (Roy Hill Rail Camp 3), and gave us a talk about mental health, where we can go for assistance, and worked on making us aware of, and breaking down the stigma of talking about our mental health.

It was heavy – but something clicked in me. I wanted to know more, so I attended the seminar twice. I was really interested – I wanted to do more. As much as I enjoyed being outdoors, physical work, and having a great team, I really felt a calling to help people!

With a few months remaining on the project, I started looking at what to do next. I talked with the Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors, whose Diploma program still looks amazing to me, but eventually settled on a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology & Counselling at Edith Cowan University. I applied, and waited.

Unfortunately, I didn’t finish high school. The dream would have been over before it began if not for ECU’s amazing UniPrep program! It’s a free program which gives you a university entry score and coaches you on the essentials of uni life! I wouldn’t have gotten in without it – and it gave me all the skills I’d need to make it this far.

I started Uniprep on the 27th of July, 2015. I finished in November, and in January, received a letter saying I’d been accepted into a degree. My heart swelled – I’d made it. It meant the world to me – I’d done what I’d been told was permanently off the table for me.

In 2016, I, someone who couldn’t finish high school because of my own issues with mental health, made it to uni, to start a new journey, and maybe one day, be there for people in need – whether it was school kids doing it tough, or a mate in construction who just needed an ear.

These experiences have really shaped who I am as a counsellor, and what I want to achieve. I want to be there for people who need it – to be there and show them that things can be better.

I’m here for you. Reach out.

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