Wendy Nightingale - BeeLeaf Graduate

I’ve done such a variety of work over the years. I trained as a physiologist and started my working life as a research scientist in neuroscience. I left research and taught IT for a while. I followed my love for education and moved into Learning Technology (the technology behind online learning) and latterly into senior management. Then I became self-employed doing project and programme management before I decided to train as a psychotherapist, my journey started in March 2009.

(During my training with BeeLeaf) I had one placement with a charity that specialises in offering counselling by donation and by fee. I thought about finding another placement to broaden my experience but I was privileged to work with a wide variety of people, ages, ethnic backgrounds and presentations in an organisation that offered supervision and professional development.  It felt right to stay and grow in this supportive environment.

I do a variety of work each week (since becoming a qualified Psychotherapist with BeeLeaf). I’m based in a multi-disciplinary team in the NHS for one-and-a-half days working alongside Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists. I do occasional paid work for my work placement charity; intake assessments and fast track counselling. I manage a small healing centre another day and also have a growing private practice. I’m beginning to dip my toe into the world of research here in Scotland.

(Working as a Psychotherapist) requires that I attend to my ‘self’ and wellbeing in a way that enables me to be present and genuine. Each session is a mini research project of acuity, curiosity and discovery. Then there’s the challenge of working with the highly individual expression of universal pain and suffering. Every session, every day, everyone is different and I love that psychotherapy embraces and respects this diversity.