Hello, my name is Sonia and I have been a therapist with Harmless for three months now, working with men and women of all ages affected by self harm and suicide. It’s taken me a while to get this post written as it’s the first blog I’ve actually ever done!
I was really pleased when I was offered this position and excited to get to know more about Harmless and the work that they do. I have been amazed by the organisation so far and how many different services are offered to people in real need of support during some of the most difficult times in their lives.
I come to Harmless from a background of working as a counsellor in third-sector voluntary organisations, for example, in a Leicester-based women’s counselling service working closely with domestic abuse and sexual violence. I am also a trained peer support worker and in this role have greatly valued opportunities to share my lived experience with those I have supported.
I feel my own personal values of hope and recovery, plus my person-centred approach to therapy, are well aligned with those of Harmless as a user led organisation – empathy and compassion are held especially close throughout the services that Harmless offers. I am also passionate about campaigning for and developing compassionate mental health services and look forward to engaging more in this process as a member of the Harmless team.
I’ve also been impressed by the training team (Let’s Talk Training) after attending three of their courses: Mental Health First Aid, ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) and Working with Self-Harm. These courses have proved invaluable to me already, both on a personal and professional level. It is great to see how the training Harmless delivers feeds directly back into the work that we do, by helping to fund therapeutic and practical support free at the point of access.
I feel part of a great team, who are really committed to the work that they do, and have felt very much welcomed as one of Harmless’ newer members.