|Just another few months to go...|
It is a chilly morning and the first snow of winter is falling as I write. I have a Yankee Snowflake Cookie candle burning, which is one of my favourites for this time of year. I love its warm, sweet scent, like Christmas baking.
I'm trying to shake off a chest infection and just lately it feels like I have had one bug after another, which has left me feeling drained and tired. Apparently Study Fatigue is a real thing and a lot of students do get it when they are coming to the end of a long period of learning. The cure as always is 'plenty of rest' but that is a luxury I can't afford as I have too much to do for my course.
I have just 30 classes left, which sounds like a lot, but to me it feels surreal that in just a few months I will have finished all my academic training and I will be a Psychotherapist. I will have a whole new profession as a back up to my writing and as another string to my writing bow. I can't help wondering "How did I get here?" because it seems like no time at all since I embarked on a Level 1 taster course - and now I'm just 30 lectures from the finish line of qualification!
I have 6 essays to write this academic year too, so each holiday will be taken up with that. Again, this means that I won't have any real down-time to rest, so the fatigue will only get worse, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel now and I just need to press ahead.
I am also coming to the end of my additional training course with Cruse Bereavement Care. I have just one full day of training left on that and then I will have a grief counselling qualification too. It has been a really interesting course and I'm very glad I did it. I know it will be a valuable life skill to have.
Soldiers say that the training is always the hardest part of any mission and that they just want to get out there and get on with the job. I am starting to understand what they mean. After years in the classroom learning, practising skills and writing essays on the theory of psychotherapy and how to apply different counselling models etc, I feel now that I just want to get out into the field and help my clients. I feel ready to start putting what I know to some practical use and to reaping the benefits of my training.
So 30 classes to go - of course I'm counting them down! - and then I will be free of college and night classes and essays and portfolio building and presentations...all the hoops will have been jumped and all the boxes ticked off and 4 long years of training will have come to an end. I will have my freedom again and be ready to spread my wings and fly forwards into my future as a practising counsellor and psychotherapy writer. It feels like a big future!