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Claire Smith trainee Counsellor

I have been volunteering with Make a Difference at Sandies for a year and a half. The experience I have had completing my placement has been outstanding.   I have been able to put to practise all I have learned over the years at college,

and do so knowing that I am I trusted in managing my own clients and my own time. 

The great part of working at MADAS is the independence you have but knowing you have the support of the agency and

your supervisor all the way. This has been the first experience I have had counselling, and it been a thoroughly enjoyable

one.    Thanks to MADAS for making this possible and giving me the confidence to continue along my journey. 

Georgia Harris

Volunteering as a trainee counsellor with Make a Difference at Sandies has given me an unforgettable experience. I have 

been given the opportunity to grow and flourish here. I feel welcomed and supported as part of the MADAS team. As

I continue further in my own counselling journey, it is such a rewarding experience to also be a part of someone else's

journey. It is a privilege to work with clients, gaining their trust and supporting them to meet their goals. I am very grateful

and appreciative of the experience so far and look forward to my continued journey with MADAS.

  • Lauren was very welcoming this made me feel free to speak, she was very supportive

  • Always felt heard and it helped.

  • She is an excellent listener and empathises in a positive, calm manner. I feel supported and helped to move forward

  • I feel at ease with my counsellor and I find I can be very open with her and she understands what I'm going through. She was extremely perceptive.

  • He listened and made me feel comfortable, he was very good and understanding when I couldn't attend sessions(being able to do it on the phone)

  • I was able to speak to Claire freely and was able to finally release everything I've been holding back for years.

  • the provision of counselling itself is amazing, you guys are doing an amazing job, really needed during these difficult times.

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