I'm a qualified Counselling Psychologist. As a clinical support worker in Jigsaw Dublin City one of the things I really value about my job is that every week is filled with a lot of variety. One of the most essential aspects of my role is the one on one therapeutic work with young people. I love this work and it is very fulfilling when you can help someone to feel better or to achieve a goal that is important to them.
This work is dynamic and challenging, and often during the course of one day I will have appointments that vary from an initial meeting with a young person to saying goodbye and ending. I think this helps to keep the momentum up for me, and helps me to feel engaged and interested.
I also really like the opportunity to go to trainings, and the continuing professional development and education that Jigsaw provides. It is so important to me that I do not feel stagnant in my work, but that I feel I am encouraged to grow and provided with options that help make that possible. I feel I always have a lot of opportunity to discuss my work with young people in clinical supervision, and I also feel I have the freedom to discuss my own goals and hopes for my future career, and that these conversations are welcomed.
Another aspect of my work with Jigsaw that I enjoy is delivering training in the community. This week I will be co-facilitating a workshop in the community aimed at helping adults who work with young people to help them better understand youth mental health. It’s valuable and important work to help lower the stigma around youth mental health in Ireland, and I also like the opportunity to further develop my skillset.
One of the things that is most important to me in my work is that I can be authentic, and that I have freedom to use my skills and to work with young people in a way that best uses my training, clinical skills, and also my unique personality. I do not feel micro-managed in Jigsaw, but I do feel supported, which is key.
When I was growing up in The States my family did not have a lot of money and I know there were times when sitting down with someone and getting to have a chat about how I was feeling and some of the things I was going through would have helped so much, but my family just did not have access to that sort of thing. It means so much to me that I get to give to someone now, an experience that I really could have used growing up, and that it is available to them without the barrier of cost.
Finally, I really appreciate the people that I work with. This is serious work, but I can always depend on my colleagues to provide a bit of craic or even just to lend an ear if I want to talk something over.