Working with HOT enables me to do the work I love, and I’m really grateful to be in a position where I can put so much energy and care into providing support and/or guidance to young people.
- Kind, considerate and caring
- Make great coffee
I came to Scotland from the Netherlands a while ago, travelled on my own around the Highlands and fell deeply in love with this beautiful country. I was planning to stay for 2-3 months, however, that is now almost 13 years ago, and Scotland is now very much home. It was a lesson in self-confidence, courage, letting go, chasing adventures and getting to know myself. I’ve settled in Edinburgh in the past 7 years and love how much community, culture, art and celebration exists in this city.
I completed 3 years of training in Counselling using Transactional Analysis, and did my exam in November 2016, gaining a COSCA Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling.
I worked with clients in the volunteer sector (Gay Men’s Health, LGBT Health) for a few years providing 1 on 1 talking therapy. I worked as a volunteer Youth Worker with LGBT Youth Scotland for a year and really liked the group work we did, and the incredible young people I met there.
I completed Mental Health First Aid for Young People, as well as ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) and attended many CPD’s on working with different client groups and using different approaches.
My most recent training is in Drumming Therapy (Rhythm2Recovery), combining the power of rhythms with therapeutic work, something I’d love to develop further.
Recent work experience has been in a very different sector; I had taken a bit of a break from counselling work in the past few years and worked as a tour guide-driver, taking people on tours around Scotland and England and showing the country that I fell in love with. I enjoyed connecting with people, telling the tales of Scotland, hearing people’s story in return, whilst travelling through the beautiful Highlands.
However, I’ve had a deep wish to return to youth work and utilise the skills and training I had gained in the mental health sector, and am SOexcited to work as a Project Worker with HOT, working for this incredible organisation enables me to do the work I love so much. Stories are everywhere, and the world opens up when you take time to listen.
In my spare time, I lead a drum and fire spinning performance crew, and perform at festivals throughout the country. I love rock climbing and bouldering, indoors and outdoors (mostly in warmer places than Scotland!) and enjoy mountaineering, yoga, reading, strange craft projects, costume design, camping, wild swimming and most of all… coffee.