Lei (Counsellor in Training)
I’m Lei and I’ve been working as a Counsellor in Training at Aurora since February 2020 after some time volunteering as a Support Worker. I am so encouraged by the spirit of the Aurora Foundation and the warm, nurturing environment I found here. I truly believe in the need for organisations like Aurora. For people in counselling to have a safe and accepting space to be whilst feeling part of a community that values them for who they are. Aurora offers time and support whilst clients work to nourish themselves and grow, I think that’s special, and I’m thrilled to be involved.
I am in my final year of a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling at Guildford College and am training in Person-Centred and Existential Therapy. The path I’ve taken to find myself here, has taken me on lots of interesting stops along the way. I’ve worked with the homeless and run creative writing workshops with them, then in HR and Communications for the corporate housing industry and more recently I have been facilitating nurture based parenting courses and volunteering as a school counsellor, supporting children with a variety of problems through play, storytelling and creative arts.
I work in a largely person-centred way, which means I trust you to know what you need to make positive change. I believe in the power of providing a nurturing, empathetic space where you can work at your own pace. Sometimes it can be hard to talk about some of the things that we need to, but by working in a trauma informed way, I’ll support you to feel safe and able to understand your emotions and feel in control of your responses. Building a relationship where you feel able to explore the more difficult issues and start to heal from the experiences of the past.