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18th May 2017
This week we will meet Rebecca, one of our lovely therapists and have a look at what ethical eateries are doing in Kathmandu.
Lets meet Rebecca!
Louise: What brought you to therapy?
Rebecca: Basically I started showing an interest in learning about counselling when I was doing my nurse training, there was a gentleman that had a neurological condition and he asked me, why does God hate me so much? What have I done to deserve this? And I thought, I have absolutely no idea where to even begin answering that. I froze. I physically froze, and I thought as a nurse, to me that is not good holistic care because how can I just leave someone with that just hanging in the air? I thought I’ve got to learn how to respond, how to talk, as silly as that sounds. So I went off and I started with basic introductory into counselling skills and I thought it was really interesting but wanted to know more so I carried on and three years later I finished my diploma. I realised that actually there is nothing right to say, so I still don’t know the answer, and I’m OK with that because I’ve realised that it is the relationship that is the crux.
It’s opened my eyes to so many different things. So that was the main point, and my own experiences of going for therapy as well when I had personal crisis, and I thought: Give something back because I feel like I’ve come through the side of something so significant and profound and I thought and I thought if I could give back to make up for that moment I froze, leaving that patient, what I felt was hanging.
Louise: That’s amazing. How long have you been a therapist for?
Rebecca: I qualified in 2012 and I’ve been volunteering since then and starting my own private practice.
Louise: What kind of therapy do you offer?
Rebecca: I suppose the best way to describe it is integrative, so bringing in elements of different types of therapy and counselling depending on what the person is bringing into the room and wants to take out of the room. I do a lot of creative stuff, I love sand trays, it depends on the age of the person, on what they are bringing and not everyone is comfortable sitting and talking face to face and keeping continuous eye contact. Some people need to be able to play with plasticine or colours and talk just develops from there.
Louise: Do you work with all ages then?
Rebecca: Very wide age range, I work with children, the youngest 10-11, right way through to, gosh I can’t remember how old the oldest person has been, but I would say comfortable from 10 upwards.
Louise: Do you only work with individuals or with couples as well?
Rebecca: I’m hoping to start working with couples, I’m doing the diploma with a couples counselling institution at the moment, I would love to branch out into that. I am offering a discounted couples counselling sessions at the moment because I do need to complete an anonymous and confidential case study to allow me to obtain the qualification.
Louise: What kind of problem can people come to you with?
Rebecca: A lot of them seem to be self-harm, especially with younger clients which is where a lot of my experience has been over the years. It amazes me that bullying is just so rife and how that can have a monumental effect on a person that they can carry on to adulthood, and even as an adult bullying doesn’t stop it continues at any age. So bullying, anxiety, feelings of anger that can provoke, self-harm, a wide range of issues that people are dealing with. Relationships, whether it is people being with themselves and you know, thinking their worthless or no good, and realising that that can come from years of listening to it, whether it’s from yourself or other people. I try to work with whatever a person brings – but if it’s beyond my capabilities I am honest about it and will say.
Louise: Do you have any hobbies? What do you like to do in your spare time?
Rebecca: How much time have you got? [laughs] Learning to play the harp at the moment!
Louise: Oh wow
Rebecca: Soon to go in for grade one, which I’m nervous/excited about! I love reading all sorts of books, yoga, crocheting, going out on my motorbike, walks, nature… I fancy myself as Felicity Kendal, I think she’s called, from The Good Life, little smallholding eco-housing and a donkey called Fred.
Louise: Thank you!
The Altruistic Traveler has compiled a list of ethical eateries in Kathmandu, Nepal. I think even if you are not planning on travelling there, it is so interesting to look at the way people are achieving ethical places to eat.
Whether it be assisting social enterprises and empowering the people, being sustainable and 100% vegetarian and vegan, or helping the environment by banning the use of plastic straws - we have a lot to learn.
I often worry about the clothes I buy - who is making them? Where do they come from? Well, this article mentions the set up of a business to create Fair Trade chefs clothes in Kathmandu.
One restaurant puts all their profits towards education and health in Nepal, and another gives their profits to alleviate poverty.
Please take a read of the original article - I think we have a lot to learn.