Working with people has always been part of who and what I am. I have been engaged in situations where I was intrigued by people’s behaviours, as well as how these behaviours impacted on those individuals and others around them. I developed a strong desire to provide assistance and guidance to those in need of it. Helping people, allows them to make sense of what they are going through, and guides them to find answers they are looking for to live productively and meaningfully.
I majored in both Psychology and Education when I was studying for my BAEd degree at Vista University (which has now merged with Pretoria University). When I wanted to enrol for my honours in Psychology, due to the university’s required intake, I ended up being registered for my second option; an Honours degree in Education-School guidance. Some of the modules I did in my honours, were, Psycho-pedagogics, Socio-pedagogics, Ortho-pedagogics and others.
I have always been drawn to the two worlds of Education and Psychology; I find these two subjects to be more complementary than contrasting, they provided me with such massive insight in my career as an educator, working with young people in high school. Being in the education sphere I further completed my MEd and DEd degrees with Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), where I worked as a part-time lecturer for some years.
As an educator I served in various bodies, where counselling formed a huge part of my involvement. These bodies included among others the “Bereavement Committee; the School Based Support Team (SBST); the Learners and Teachers Support Team (LTST). I also facilitated the “Take A Girl Learner to a Workplace” an initiative by Cell C to empower girl learners. Furthermore, I volunteered in other community projects, such as orphanages and those working with teenagers to assist them in furthering their studies at higher institutions of learning.
Socialisation plays a huge role in the life of a child and it also informs how far they can go in life. For learners who grow up in under-resourced communities, the possibility of actualising their potentials might not be realised. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs’ theory known all over the world, states that lower and higher order needs of people, should be satisfied to live a self-actualising life. As an educator faced with inequalities in education, I was never naïve about what Maslow’s theory entails but I believed that when learners are adequately empowered, they can strive to achieve their dreams. Giving any child the opportunity to dream is the ultimate gift one can have to reach their goals in life. When people set themselves goals, they will use all possible and available resources to forge towards achieving them. Self-actualisation level can be achieved when the doors of possibilities are opened. As an educator you want to see your students thriving and becoming responsible members of their societies, making a positive impact in other people’s lives.
I continue to counsel at the church at a pastoral level, including working with individuals with difficulties, young and old; couples and those dealing with grief and bereavement. I have enrolled with Vita Nova to sharpen my skills as a counsellor and to be able to start my own practice. I have acquired various skills in the different modules they are providing, such as the basics of counselling; dealing with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse; loss and grief counselling; the basics of abnormal psychology and others. These modules added so much more in my endeavour as a counsellor.
Having beaten all odds to be where I am, I know I can make it possible for someone to walk on the path I have carved. My journey in life has not been easy, it was rocky and had so many obstacles, but through perseverance and persistence, I managed to achieve what I wanted and more valuable lessons in this life. God has been gracious and I am just grateful.