I was enrolled on a Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy course and, as a pre-requisite, I was required to complete a placement within a counselling organisation in order to complete 100 hours of client work.
I had heard about the Cithrah Foundation and its Christian ethos when it was in its early stages, but about four years ago a friend encouraged me to apply for a placement there. I made an application and was delighted when I was successful. I very quickly felt that I belonged in Cithrah and was welcomed, nurtured, encouraged and gently challenged by friendly and approachable staff.
I was amazed when I learned of the wide range of help that is available for women and men who have been impacted by Domestic Abuse. What really struck me was the lengths that the dedicated staff go to in order to help them. Staff work together as a team with compassion at the heart of what they do.
Once I had completed my client hours, I very much wanted to stay on in Cithrah as a qualified counsellor and was so glad to be given the opportunity to do so. It is such a delight to see and hear about women and men who are rebuilding their lives with the help of all the different aspects of Cithrah after their self-esteem and self-worth had been so cruelly stripped away from them by their abusers.