I want to retrain as a counsellor after losing my brother but am I crazy?
DEAR DEIDRE: IS it silly to give up my good job in retail to be a drugs and alcohol counsellor?
I’m a single woman of 42.
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I lost my brother to a drug and alcohol addiction three years ago. He was 46.
It was tough watching that spiral of self-destruction, but I went to some meetings for families with Mum and the counsellors were inspiring.
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I’d love to retrain but I’m not sure how to go about it or whether I’m crazy to want to.
I don’t think the money will be as good but it’s something I feel passionate about.
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DEIDRE SAYS: Your passion means you would probably make a great counsellor. You know how these issues hit families.
You may be able to study part-time and keep your job for now.
It would take up a lot of your free time but will be rewarding in the end.
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There are some online courses but look for those with accreditation to a statutory counselling body.
Check out all kinds of counselling courses via tavistockandportman.nhs.uk/training. Good luck.
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