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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