Endings. That word will provoke different feelings in everyone.
Often the way we feel towards an ending reflects the experience we have had of endings in the past. Sometimes it maybe that we’ve never experienced an ending or a loss and so the idea of one can then be frightening.
Others may approach endings with joy and rather than think of a loss, think of what they are taking away from that experience.
I’ve been thinking a lot about endings recently. It’s something we think about from the start of counselling and encourage endings to be planned to open up the opportunity of a different and good, nurturing ending.
I’m having my own ending this week. This week I will be leaving a post working within a psychology team in an inpatient mental health service. I have worked in this role in a few different settings for the past 11 years.
It’s been a privilege to have worked with some amazing people both clients and professionals. I will be forever grateful for the experience, the knowledge and the skills I have acquired throughout this job. It’s led me on to perusing counselling further and discovering my passion.
Four years ago I started working as a counsellor within a community setting. I had the privilege of hearing a clients story, helping them to connect to parts of themselves and take control of their lives. I knew this was what I wanted to continue doing.
Setting up my own counselling practice has been a dream of mine for a long time. I’m sad to leave inpatient mental health services, something that’s been a big chunk of my life but I’m excited to continue growing my practice.