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My career pathway towards counselling and coaching

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I took a master´s degree in Clinical and Counselling Psychology, and also during my studies I was impressed by approaches that did not draw a thick border between body and mind, correct and incorrect, work and private life.

 

After graduation, I started working as a counsellor and, besides my work, I took five years of psychotherapeutic training following the SUR model of dynamic work with groups. During that time, my focus developed towards the career counselling field. I realized how much time we actually spent working, and how great it can be if that work makes sense for us, and complements our private life instead of conflicting with it.

 

In my job at that time I was working on many international projects, and I loved the international milieu. But I missed counselling work, and it felt like a big personal dilemma: whether to go back into intensive work with clients, or to keep working on international projects, meeting lots of interesting people from different countries.

 

One day I realized that I did not need to choose just one item from all the things I liked. The current world of work offers freedom to put together all our passions and strengths, if we take active responsibility for our working lives. That is one of the biggest discoveries that I have made for myself, I now recognize.

 

Besides my studies and long-term training, I took several shorter courses in coaching, and I am currently working towards ICF certification. I work with different coaching approaches and methods, process work and co-active coaching being among my favourites.

 

I have been coordinating and participating in international projects on topics including guidance and counselling for migrants and returnees, international placements, and links between education and labour.

 

I have been working as a counsellor and coach with people from all around the globe, and I love my work.

 

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