Before I became a therapist, I was working in “person2person” sales, advising on health and funeral plans. A role that not only required me to communicate clearly with my clients, but also meant I got to travel the country, meeting different people, and exploring different cultures. It was a very intense role, but the people I met along the way made it more than worthwhile.
One thing I found when speaking to clients was that they would really open up to me. Often sharing very personal experiences regarding themselves and their lost loved ones. Sharing these moments really touched me. Leading me to reflect on why, within minutes of meeting, people would want to share their most intimate and precious memories. It was then I had a light bulb moment.
Although I enjoyed my work, I would often walk away feeling unfulfilled. My clients had really opened up to me, exposing their vulnerability, and although listening helped, I knew I wanted to do more. I made the decision to walk away from all that I knew, a successful well-paid career in sales, I enrolled in adult education, and qualified as a therapist. I won’t lie and say I didn’t feel like a fish out of water along the way, but it was the best thing I ever did. I continue to study and learn as much as I can through seminars and courses throughout the year to keep my knowledge fresh and up to date.
Witnessing a client grow in strength, courage and trust, and begin to believe in themselves is so rewarding. I’m grateful to each and every one of my clients for sharing my journey and allowing me the opportunity to share in yours.