I am Alexandra Mapstone and I was raised on a farm in Baynesfield, KZN. In 2018, I completed my Bachelor of Arts undergraduate degree from Varsity College in Pietermaritzburg. The following year in 2019, I was accepted to do my BSOCSCI Honours in Psychology at The University of Pretoria. Being based in Pretoria, I realised how many more opportunities I had available to me compared to KZN and so I decided to continue living in Pretoria. After my Honours year, I realised that although I had lots of theory knowledge, I had very little practical experience with actually working with a client. Because of this reason I decided not to apply for my master’s degree, but instead to spend 2020 gaining valuable practical experience so that my confidence in working with a client in a real-life situation increased.
I am currently completing the Humanitas Counselling Course from Vita Nova, which enables me to complete 220 hours of practical experience via working as a student counsellor. I am currently volunteering as a student counsellor at the Garsfontein Sunrise Trauma Center, Ons Huis, and Rare Diseases South Africa. These practical hours will enable me to register with the Association for Supportive Counsellors and Holistic Practitioners (ASCHP) in the next few months. I have attended an Emotional Logic one day training course and am also aiming to complete more practical workshops during the course of the year.
I have a passion for working with people and love to interact and meet new people. I enjoy working with various ages of individuals from children and teenagers, through to young and older adults. I have a compassionate heart towards those who are suffering and am always looking to find ways to assist an individual in any way I can. I believe that life is a journey and not a destination, with a road that is ought to be filled with good and bad bumps along the way. However, I think that with the right support systems, understanding, and acceptance a person can work through and begin to achieve anything that they set their minds to on this journey of life.
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”.