I am a trauma therapist and currently own my own private counselling practice called Helix Trauma Therapies and run a company called Helix Trauma Training and Consultancy.
My day is very varied which is what I love about being self-employed. When I am not seeing clients on a 121 basis, I am working on my company and delivering training for workplaces to help improve and manage the wellbeing staff who are experiencing stress or mental health difficulties stemming from a psychological trauma. At the moment, I am working on some research and putting together E-learning on managing stress.
As well as running my own businesses, I am also the founder of a charity called Trauma Healing Together and spend my spare time working on developing this.
I graduated November 2019 and set up my private practice the same month. Deciding I wanted to focus more on my private practice as well as developing my other ideas, I gave up my job as a mental health manager for a charity in February. At this point, I did not expect Covid-19 to happen so for the last 6 months, I have just been working hard to grow my business and charity.
My biggest success I feel as been setting up my charity which aims to help trauma survivors via therapy, training and research. It was a great feeling when OSCR approved it and my hard work paid off.
My biggest challenge has unsurprisingly been Covid-19 and during lockdown, I was unable to work as I decided to put my private practice on hold instead of moving online.
I would love to grow my business and charity. My ambition for the charity is to spread awareness of trauma and support trauma survivors to build resilience and heal.
I particularly liked the fact that the degree had a good balance of practical and academic elements and this certainly helped me shape my private practice.Roxanne Kerr | Helix Trauma Training and Consultancy | Freelance Consultant
I wanted to do a counselling degree which was flexible and was not focused on just one modality. I was attracted to the counselling course at Abertay for this reason. I also liked how I could do the course part time as it fitted in well with the rest of my life.
I could not do what I am doing now without it. Not only did it give me the qualification I needed but it gave me so much confidence.
I particularly liked the fact that the degree had a good balance of practical and academic elements and this certainly helped me shape my private practice.
I gained lots of good friends and really enjoyed my time at Abertay. It was a great place to study.
Counselling can be very challenging, but it is an incredibly rewarding career and there is no better feeling than seeing a client flourish and grow into the person they have always wanted to be. It is hard work and does require a lot of dedication but it's worth it.
That life does not always take you in the direction you expected but don’t worry too much about it and don’t give up, you will eventually get to where you need to be.
For those that embark on a career in private practice, you will wake up some days and wonder if it is worth it. It takes time to grow and it wont be an easy journey but it will be worth it in the end.