Sukhi has been working in supporting roles since she left school. She just knew from a young age that she wanted to help people even though at that time she did not know what this would be. As a young person she often sensed that there was more to what met the eye; something unseen and unexplained that played a significant role in people’s emotions and behaviour.
Sukhi worked in various support roles before she trained as a counsellor. She supported children, young people and adults with special educational needs, older people in residential care and also general health care in hospitals.
At university, Sukhi focused her dissertation for her psychology and social science degree on the development of counselling and psychotherapy, during the period of the 1960’s and 1970’s specifically from a feminist perspective. This is what sparked the interest in Sukhi training to then become a counsellor. She realised her desire to help people psychologically in a more life changing way.
She then after university, just under 20 years ago began her training as a Psychodynamic Counsellor and fully qualified in 2006.
Following her passion further Sukhi completed her Masters in Counselling focusing the research for her dissertation on those women who through their experiences in life have been marginalised by society.
She 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 Sukhi was directly supporting this client group in the West Midlands and interviewed six women to gain insight into their personal experiences.
Becoming a counsellor is a journey into self-discovery.
Sukhi’s counselling training required her to attend 40 hours of personal therapy and weekly personal development groups. These are in place to ensure that 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.
Sukhi promotes self-care to others and is committed to her own self-care.
Enlight Counselling was set up in 2015 and since then Sukhi has 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.
She has 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 Sukhi’s counselling career has been supporting women and young people who are victims of sexual abuse or rape.
Naturally falling into leadership and management roles, Sukhi over the last 14 years has set up and developed many counselling and therapy services across the midlands and became a qualified Clinical Supervisor for counsellors in 2014.
A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO COUNSELLING
After counselling for ten years, Sukhi was introduced to Reiki in 2016. This was a turning point in her career. It opened a door to holistic and alternative therapies. Sukhi recognised the many benefits of such therapies and the important role that they play in healing.
Since then, she 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 Sukhi embraced and continues to embrace. Healers and therapists cannot fully support the healing of others if they don't continuously work on their own healing and growth.
Sukhi is now passionate about teaching Reiki to others who also wish to embark on this journey.
She also has trained in crystal healing and numerology.
This additional training met with Sukhi’s passion 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.
Sukhi recently wrote 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 Sukhi explored the risk of being authentic about spirituality in the counselling profession and referred to this process as coming out of the 'spiritual closet'.
Sukhi is setting up an East Midlands BACP Spirituality Networking Meeting to create space for counsellors to share their voices and experiences with like minded colleagues regarding counselling and spirituality.
Sukhi’s passion is to 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 her work she 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.