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1). What does Silkworth mean to you?
A place of hope and recovery for individuals suffering with addiction, but also their families and those closest to them. Silkworth has given me the opportunity to work in a field that I am very passionate about. I derive a great deal of purpose and satisfactions from seeing individuals rebuild their lives and reconnect with their families.
2). You’re a counsellor at Silkworth, can you tell us a little more about that please?
I am responsible as a counsellor for providing tailored treatment for clients that meets their individual needs. I provide individual counseling, therapeutic workshops and group therapy. It is the type of job where I am always learning. I work directly under the treatment director (Alan) who manages and oversees my work. We are both very passionate about the work that we do, and we try to provide the best level of care to our clients that’s possible.
3). What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love the outdoors and keeping active. I spend most of my spare time running, swimming and cycling. I swim in the sea all year round and try to get in the water whenever I can. I also like watching documentaries and reading a good book.
5). What was the last gift you gave someone?
I believe that it was a pair of new trainers for my partner. We do a lot of running together so an upgrade is needed every now and then.
4). If you weren’t working at Silkworth what would you be doing instead?
I’d have to be working with people in a helping capacity. I don’t know what else I could do to tell you the truth. I would need to be working in an area that I’m passionate about where I could make a difference to people’s lives.
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