Mike Kyriacos embarked on a Adult Education Counselling Diploma here at Esher Sixth Form College to develop new personal skills and open up career opportunities and possibilities.

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Courses taken: Counselling Level 3 Diploma at Esher Sixth Form College

Why did you consider a counselling course?

I was interested in psychology particularly the work of Rodgers, Jung and Freud but I also wanted a better understanding of self and others.  I felt I did not always listen or try to understand other people in certain situations.

What were you doing before this course? And what was your motivation or career goals for taking this course?

I was working as teacher, curriculum programme and pastoral leader in a Sixth Form College.  My motivation was to develop new personal skills to improve upon my current role but also and open up new career opportunities and possibilities.

Did you need any previous experience, or qualifications, to take this course?

I think it is important to be psychologically stable and to be able to cope with study.  I think it helps to if you come to it with some reasonable academic qualifications. Personally, I was educated to Master’s Level in Social Sciences as well as having a teaching qualification.  I had experience of working with people in education and in commercial settings. However, I do not believe such a high level of education or experience is necessary.

What was your biggest surprise about the course?

The quality of the teaching and the insights gained from learning theory.

In what way did the course meet your expectations?

I would say it exceeded my expectations.

What skills have you learned and found most useful?

Communication skills and reflective listening. The importance of being heard without judgment.

What are the teachers like on the course?

Very knowledgeable, professional and friendly.

How did this course help you to progress your counselling career?

Yes, it allowed me to work with clients in various settings.

What’s the best thing about being a counsellor?

The satisfaction of seeing people overcome deep-seated challenges.

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