Hello! Thank you for having a look at my blog. Who am I? My name is Neroli Oakley and I’m an aspiring Counsellor – studying Counselling & Psychotherapy. I am 38 years old, married and have a young son who is nearly 6 years old.
I have spent 2012-13 studying for my Certificate in Counselling at Keele University, which has been challenging and eye opening, both personally and professionally.
An intriguing aspect of studying to be a counsellor has been the reactions of other people in my life. Some people have reacted in very similar ways to those described by John Karter in On Training to be a therapist: there have been worried looks and mutterings about me constantly “analysing” individuals, there have been immediate jokes and heavily accented guffaws of “tell me about your mother”, there have even been negative defensive dismissals of counselling itself as nothing but charlatans leeching money of defensive victims. Everyone has their reasons for their reactions and a right to their opinion.