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Start a rewarding new career during lockdown

Gloucestershire Counselling Service (GCS) is offering an online open day during lockdown, for anyone interested in training to be a counsellor.

Lockdown is giving many people a chance to reassess their lives and take stock of what really matters. For anyone who would like to start a new career as a counsellor or to develop counselling skills and explore what it takes to truly listen to another person, GCS is offering a free Zoom session on May 16 at 10.30-11.30am.

There is an increasing need for more people to join the counselling workforce, with an increase in mental health problems over the last decade. 

The COVID-19 pandemic is intensifying this need, with increasing numbers of people suffering with anxiety, stress, the trauma of losing loved ones through the virus and a wide range of challenges, including job loss, financial hardship and relationship difficulties. 

With so much upheaval, uncertainty and loss facing the entire world, the demand for emotional and mental health support has never been higher.

GCS has been delivering its highly acclaimed counselling courses for more than 30 years and has successfully converted its training courses online, as a result of the coronavirus crisis. 

It offers a wide range of counselling services across the county and many trainees go on to work for the organisation.

GCS has just been asked to provide counselling for the new online and telephone helpline launched for adults and young people who need extra support during COVID-19, supported by Gloucestershire County Council, which will be accessed through GPs and other agencies.

Jenny White, course manager at GCS, said: "People tell me so often that becoming a counsellor is something they always wanted to do, because they want to do something meaningful that will have a positive impact on others. 

"Given what we are all currently facing, aside from training in the medical professions, supporting people with their emotional and mental health has got to be one of the most valuable things to offer to others and to the community more widely."

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