Sukhi has worked in supporting and therapeutic roles since she left school. She just knew from a young age that she wanted to help people in some way or another!
As a young person she often sensed there was more to what met the eye; something 'unseen' and 'unexplained' that played a significant role in people’s emotions, behaviour and life experiences.
Hello, a warm welcome to my website! My name is Sukhi.
I am passionate about empowering people to live authentic lives and be true to themselves.
I am committed to this mission which I carry out through using various tools; counselling, holistic therapies and numerology.
Firstly, I'll share some of my background and experience with you to give a flavour of my work over the last 20 years.
From the age of 16, I worked in various support roles including supporting children, young people and adults with special educational needs, older people in residential care and general health care in hospitals.
At age 18, for my first degree; BSc Honours in Psychology and Applied Social Science I focused my dissertation on the 'Development of Counselling and Psychotherapy, during the 1960’s and 1970’s specifically from a feminist perspective'.
Studying this is what sparked my interest to train as counsellor.
I realised a desire to help people psychologically in a deeper and more life changing.
Age 21, I then began my training as a Psychodynamic Counsellor and fully qualified in 2006.
Following my passion further I pursued a Masters in Counselling focusing my research for my next dissertation on those women who through their experiences in life had been marginalised by society.
I researched the 'perspectives' of women who had been involved in the criminal justice system, substance misuse and sex work on their 'experience' of counselling and psychotherapy.
At that time I was directly supporting this client group in the West Midlands and interviewed six women to gain insight into their personal experiences.
Since 2004 I have worked in community and outreach based projects supporting individuals who were struggling with their emotional, psychological and mental health.
I have provided counselling to clients of all ages including children (age five upwards), young people in schools, sixth forms, further education settings and also adults in voluntary organisations and NHS services.
I have worked with clients presenting with a variety of difficulties such as stress, depression, anxiety, trauma, loss/bereavement, divorce/separation, family change, addictive behaviour, offending behaviour and all types of abuse experienced as a child or later on in life.
A large part of my counselling career has been supporting women and young people who are victims/survivors of sexual abuse or rape and also all genders misusing substances; drugs and alcohol.
Naturally falling into leadership and management roles, over the last 14 years I have set up and developed many counselling and therapy services across the midlands and became a qualified Clinical Supervisor for counsellors in 2014 having worked with many trainee and qualified counsellors since.
Becoming a counsellor is a journey into self-discovery.
My counselling training required me to attend 40 hours of personal therapy and weekly personal development groups.
These were in place to ensure counsellors and therapists gain a good level of self-awareness, are fit to practice and are committed to their own development whilst they offer therapy to others.
I actively promotes self-care to others and I am committed to my own self-care.
We can't pour from an empty cup and building the tools to look after ourselves first and foremost is so important.
A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO COUNSELLING
After counselling for ten years, I was introduced to Reiki in 2016. This was a turning point in my life and career.
It opened a door to holistic and alternative therapies.
I began to quickly recognise the many benefits of such therapies and the important role that they play in healing.
Since then, I trained as a Reiki Practitioner in 2017, having completed the Reiki Master Therapist and Teacher in 2019.
First and foremost Reiki is a journey into self healing which I embraced and continue to embrace.
Healers and therapists cannot fully support the healing of others if they don't continuously work on their own healing and growth.
I since have also trained in crystal healing and numerology.
I am now also passionate about teaching Reiki and Numerology to others who also wish to embark on this journey.
This additional training meets with my mission to bring counselling and spirituality together; a model of therapy that creates time and space for the ‘soul’ to be recognised, as well as the ‘mind’ and ‘body’.
Enlight Counselling's personal ethos; the mind, body and soul all need to be in harmony for overall wellbeing.
One cannot function healthily without the other.
It was an honour to recently write an article for the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Spirituality Division. This was printed in the April 2020 thresholds journal edition; Counselling with Spirit.
In this article I explored the risk of being authentic about spirituality in the counselling profession and referred to this process as coming out of the 'spiritual closet'.
In 2020 I have set up an East Midlands BACP Spirituality Networking Group to create space for counsellors to share their voices and experiences with like minded colleagues regarding counselling and spirituality. These meetings have been taking place remotely on zoom due to the pandemic.
I support people to heal and grow through self-love and self-care, no matter how little or big this may be, what matters is the difference it makes.
Through my work I helps clients on their journey back to themselves; reconnecting with their lost parts, realising their 'true self', exploring who they are and who they want to become in order to live a more authentic life.