"I enjoyed the course and practising so much, I just knew I didn’t want that to end after I qualified... I am now an Advanced CBT Therapist and I love the diversity of my role."
CoursePsychological Intervention (CBT) PGDip
My time at Surrey
I was attracted to Surrey because it has a great reputation for developing both therapist practical skills and the theory that supports this. I also wanted to work for one of the providers that the University sends students to for placements.
I attended during lockdown so I mainly remember a screen full of faces! But what I remember most strongly is the enthusiasm (and delight!) one of our lecturers took when delivering a skills session about treating phobias. He was very keen to show us all the props, from fake snakes to how to make the most convincing mock vomit.
The experience of the staff always made me feel reassured and inspired, and I felt I was continuously learning. The lecturers were warm, kind, fun and approachable, which helped reduce the academic pressures and intensity of the work we were doing. It was also great to have lectures that involved external professionals.
Life at Surrey
I enjoyed the course and practising so much, I just knew I didn’t want that to end after I qualified. The supervisors were also great in supporting my development, both personally and professionally; this helped me to want to continue to learn and develop my understanding and practice.
I am now an Advanced CBT Therapist and I love the diversity of my role. I deliver one-to-one therapy, group therapy, supervision and duty management, and work on developing/creating clinical resources and content. One of my highlights was during my training year, supporting a client with OCD to learn that her thoughts do not hold the power that her anxiety made her believe and she could live a life with less anxiety and more fun.
My advice for students
Sometimes the ‘reward’ of a good outcome, such as a client being able to leave their home or overcoming their needle phobia, does not come until a little later. It can be a tough, stressful, anxious journey, but is worth it 100 times over when you get there with your client. Stop to enjoy those wins (no matter how big or small) with your clients throughout the journey. But also, don’t lose sight of taking care of yourself along the way.
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