I studied Psychology at university for 5 years and really loved it! I love learning about human behaviour and how the brain works! I then went on to study a masters in social work but only completed the first year of it as I decided that my passion belongs with psychology! I will definitely go back and continue my studies in psychology at some point.
I’m a firm believer that you should never stop learning and growing your knowledge.
- Good listener
- Brings humour to everything!
After uni, I worked as an assistant psychologist in a prison working with adults. I really enjoyed this role supporting people to work through issues such as; managing anger or substance use, with the goal of reducing their offending behaviour.
Whilst this role was great, I knew I really wanted to work with young people so I went on to work in a residential unit as a therapeutic support practitioner. This work was amazing! The young people were brilliant and it felt amazing to be supporting young people through the care system by providing nurture, stability and support.
After that job I worked as a Project Coordinator where I helped manage a mentoring project for young people who are care experienced. This was so much fun. It was all about matching young people up with amazing volunteer mentors who would provide weekly mentoring to young people.
One good adult was the term we used, as having at least one kind, caring, supportive and stable adult in our lives can help reduce the impact of trauma and difficult life experiences. And then here we are today! I’m now a project worker with H.O.T and I work specifically on the Substance Use team! I work hard to keep up to date will the latest research and knowledge on current substance use trends and I’m always thinking up creative ways on how I can best support young people who are struggling with their own or a parent’s substance use. My role is to work alongside young people to support them in their journeys through life and it’s a role I take seriously. I feel very lucky that the young people I work with allow me into a part of their lives and allow me to support them during difficult times. It gives me the drive to be the best I can be within my role.
When I’m not working I love going big walks with my dog. He loves playing on golf courses and chasing the golf balls. I also love baking! Sometimes I like to pretend I’m on The Great British Bake Off and I win every time!