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My Journey to Doula Training

I know I said that I wouldn’t do much more this year in terms of studying because I needed a break after obtaining my level 3 Diploma in Complementary Therapies this year but I had a thought which would help me achieve my overall dream of helping women who require emotional support post and pre natally.

You see, it all makes sense … where my path has taken me. It was always going to lead me to here, I know this now. I was registered for the level 3 diploma over 3 years ago but when I became pregnant with my son and went through hyperemises again followed by prenatal and post natal anxiety and depression… it wasn’t possible. It was meant to be though and it was in my life path to go through those experiences. Especially now as I sign up for a course commencing in November in Belfast, to become a Doula.

I also did a diploma in pregnancy massage a few weeks ago, which will help both pre natally and post natally. I will be able to help physically via massage and somewhat mentally with my small counselling qualification. 

I have also submitted a volunteer application form to massage women in the Mother and Baby unit in Leverndale and if successful,I will be able to help women with anxiety and depression via the healing powers of massage and essential oils.

A few folk have looked at me as if I’m crazy but until you experience ill health when pregnant and after giving birth, it’s apparent that emotional support is a major factor in becoming well again.

I don’t wish to gain much in the way of monetary value at all, I’d like to help those who don’t have family/friends around them or are on low incomes but really need emotional support. I’d also had an idea when I worked with a womens support project recently, for one of the councils. Having volunteered in the past for the Rape Crisis centre in Glasgow, is also like to work with women who have experienced rape, sexual assault and abuse. 

Everything has led to these plans. From the PND, the studying counselling and Comp Therapies, and applying for mental health nursing…. the universe has been supporting me all along. I just had to experience things for myself:) I am really looking forward to starting my Doula course in November and I think that the women I meet on the course will bring valid and amazing stories and experiences to the group. I can’t wait to hear all about it!

Best wishes. X

Almost There…

I can’t believe that I am now 3 weeks away from completing my course! It’s been a really tough year completing a diploma in one year, juggling family life and working 18hrs a week but I did it…. Nearly!

I have an exam on Tuesday and if I can get that out of the way, I can concentrate on the last wee push of case studies and 2 assessments in reflexology that I need before taking 6 weeks off in the summer.

I’ve decided to go back and do another course which will allow me to work with people experiencing life limiting illnesses and cancer, not to mention a few other subjects such as mindfulness , reiki , Indian head massage and loss and grief which I covered in my HNC counselling.

I’ve also registered as self employed and once I have the stress of studying behind me, I’ll start taking clients on and also meet with business gateway. It’s exciting but scary and although I can’t predict the future… I think it’s going to be full of opportunities.

Life as a Student,Mum,Wife &Employee

So I’m nearly 3/4 of the way through my Complementary Therapies course… It’s been tough and there have been tears. Tomorrow is our first exam in anatomy and physiology and I am bricking it because it’s been difficult for me as I’ve never done biology or any in depth science, before.

Juggling work, study and family life has also been incredibly difficult but I’m starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel. I’ve gotten to study with some very lovely people and taught by the most inspiring, creative and professional lecturers. I’ve been incredibly lucky and I know that this is the path that I was meant to take in life.

I won’t lie when I say that it will be a relief to have the course finished in June not because I don’t enjoy it but it’s because I need time to just slow things down a bit, re read and do more practice. I want to be a therapist that knows her stuff because for me, complementary therapies is no longer a treat or pamper, it’s about treating people who have conditions, illnesses and diseases… But in an alternative way. 

I have seen first hand, how these therapies can help people in ways that medicine can’t. I’m not dismissing medication, not at all but I think in some cases spending time getting to know a person as a whole rather than just based on symptoms, can be far more beneficial in helping a person than a 10min conversation with a GP who is watching the clock.

I have learned things about myself whilst doing this course, I have learned to let go of things and I have also learned to surround myself with positivity and this year, I have encountered a lot of that. I’m not saying that my life is all roses because that’s not realistic but I know how to cope better when faced with difficulty. 

The power of meditation, visualisation, connecting with the universe and realising what is important , goals etc.. That’s what this year has been all about. I now know what my goals are rather than what I think others expect of me. I’m not going to be rich in any monetary sense of the word but my richness comes from my knowledge gained this year and from those that I allow into my life. Who can go wrong with that, huh? 

My Business Plan..

Lately I have been thinking a lot about where I want to go and what I want to do with myself once I have completed my diploma next June… usually these thoughts come knocking a long with the insomnia and I have come to some conclusions… Money isn’t the be all and end all. Whaaaat? I hear you say… ok, let me explain.

I started my course in Complementary Therapies in June and I’ve always known for a while that this would be for me as I like the holistic approach to life, it ties in with previous course I did  in counselling, my constant quest of eating clean (going through a period of eating like a horse), and my love for exercise (also on back burner but getting on wagon today). So I have the tools and the means but its putting it all together The pieces of the puzzle are coming together but it’s a lot of hard work.

So here is my plan… We purchase the summer house within the next month, it goes up and gets decorated, I see clients there and I slowly pick up classes in business studies to create the service that I feel I want to deliver. I want to be able to work from home and work around the kids and family life.

The important part: Client base. Most people are happy to work in a salon etc and that’s great but I want to mainly work with people who are/have experiencing PND/Pre natal /post natal anxiety/PTSD and anxiety. I want to be able to provide an afford able service to people who really do need it. Some may even get a free experience based on their circumstances. The aim is to help in their healing process but not to have the anxiety of not being able to afford the treatments. I know what the oils can do, I had treatments when I was going through my journey and it just adds to any other type of therapy that someone is getting. Some people may think that it is silly to want to give out free treatments or charge for services  but I see it differently.  The power of touch is an amazing healing quality and if it helps people, I couldn’t care less about profit.

I will also be taking on all types of different clients but this is my main focus as will hopefully being able to work in a hospice or with people nearing end of life as I believe it to be a privilege to be with someone when they die. Strange to some but I wouldn’t agree.

This is where I am just now in life and study, a few things have been thrown into the mix but I’m getting there,  with lots of support from friends and family.. I wish I had done this sooner but things happen in life for reasons and I wasn’t meant to do this until now. Its been a test of strength and  think so far, I am passing! I love what I am going although there have been days where I could throw the covers over my head and stay in bed but I’m looking towards the future.

If anyone is reading this and is currently going through PND etc, please contact me for a free session, I have insurance and I will travel. There are some fantastic services out there, use them, me and use social media.  It was the through twitter that I got most help and tapped into things like PND hour with the lovely Rosey, midwife to mum and so many other very supportive people. You don’t have to go through this alone. My ear is always there as well as a shoulder for support.

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