After school, I was unsure what to do with my life and decided to take a gap year. During my gap year, I did a lot of community work through my church. The community work included being involved in feeding the poor, visiting and building baby houses, visiting female prisons and working with sex-workers on the streets and in brothels. I gave a whole year dedicated to serving the community and assisting people. While being involved I knew that my passion is to work with people. I was also involved in fulltime lay counselling for teenagers and students. Working with trauma, stress, and family-related issues. I fell in love with working with people. I then decided to start studying psychology. In 2018, I completed my undergraduate degree in Criminology and Psychology. I then furthered my studies and did my honours in Psychology (Bachelor of Social Sciences Psychology).
I applied to do my master’s in counselling psychology but was unfortunately unsuccessful, I then came across the Humanitas course from Vita Nova and it changed my life. It gave me the confidence to counsel individuals effectively and facilitate growth.
During my teenage and student years, I faced a lot of challenges and it was a difficult time for me. Through the challenges I faced during these years, I have developed a love and compassion for young people. I do not find it difficult to relate to how challenging they experience their current situations.
Due to my passion for young people, I have decided to also do my teaching degree this year to be around young people as much as possible. I also wanted to see what is happening in the schooling environment and how I could be of better support to them.
I have also been involved with teenagers and students for the last 10 years and my passion to work with them has not died down. I am involved with the young people weekly, engaging with them, providing assistance and guiding them to work through their challenges. I believe that guidance is of utmost importance for young people in order to help them grow to their full potential. Counselling is a process that psychologically empowers individuals to seize back control of their lives, whilst working through difficulties that have caused them to lose self-esteem. I believe that counselling is a brave step towards growth and gaining power over your own life.