Meet the Hope Team - Lianne
I am living here in beautiful Thailand as a Counsellor and part of the team at Hope Rehab Center Thailand.
"I love working at Hope, the programme is very special and incorporates all aspects I hold dearly as important for us all to live life on life’s terms."
I came to work at Hope in April 2015 as part of the team delivering groups and supporting clients one on one on their recovery journeys.
My time at Hope has been a personal journey of discovery, learning and development. Hope has an almost indescribable magic and a powerful and positive atmosphere you feel as soon as you arrive on site. For so many reasons people are drawn to this place in times of great life transition and the support they give one another as they navigate new thinking and breaking old habits empowers them all to keep going. It has been an honour to be a tiny part of that.
My first career began in Theatre, Film and Television – skills I learnt there I carried into this job which helped with confidence and creativity delivering groups, as well as developing exercises to help motivate clients and find their voice.
I am returning to the UK to continue work close to my heart with a Mental Health Service to train working with young people and supporting them with my own professional and personal experience living and working with anxiety and low mood disorders.
I also plan to continue my studies and look forward to the challenge and accomplishment of reaching goals I would not have been able to without the wonderful experience 12 months at Hope has enabled me. I would like to continue my higher education and put my current credits towards a BA in Counseling and Psychotherapy. It was great to develop further my learning from my Psychology course where I had particular interest in social psychology, childhood development, sex and relationships, substance misuse andCBT.
Something I have built on through work experience, study and in my role at Hope is encouraging people to get closer to their best possible self, building self-esteem by estimable acts and most of all, empowering them to love their authentic selves.
More Than Just a Job
In my personal life I have suffered depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and a chronic pain condition. The help offered to me for all these conditions was prescription medicine, which in all areas was a short term solution to what I saw as a miserable and daunting long term problem.
It felt like pressing a pause button rather than dealing with the issues.
I have personally experienced the power that using cognitive behavioural therapy has on healing a sick mind. I also strongly champion the simple yet miracle effect that living a healthy lifestyle with good routine can have on all aspects of our being – Mind, Body and Soul.
"To do a job where when that time comes I can offer support and guidance teaching recovery tools is an incredibly rewarding vocation. Each day is a blessing and I am so grateful to be part of the wonderful work we do here at Hope, helping people with their recovery journeys."
Meet the Hope Team - Lianne
Mind – In the beginning I filled my day with positive affirmations – mantras I repeated to negate the negative self-talk in my mind “You can’t do this”, “What is the point?”, “Give up” were replaced with “I am powerful and independent” and “I am strong and capable”. Just getting to the gym on days my depression wanted to keep me under the duvet, curtains drawn, I’d use cheesy lines like “You only regret the workout you didn’t do”. Challenging my negative self-talk and focusing on the positive concrete aspects of my life – not the transient day to day stresses - helped me regain focus, build my self-esteem and armed me with tools to combat the triggers life has to pull us back into our darkest places.
Body - My health and fitness is a priority in my life, my chronic pain condition is managed by diet and I enjoy working out as much as I can to keep me happy and healthy. Research has shown that endorphins diminish our perception of pain - the first step for me to get out of a depression is to start the day early with exercise.
At first I started easy, every morning just getting to my local swimming pool for 15 minutes. If I could drag myself out of bed, face the world and jump into that ice cold pool at 6.30am, I’d already overcome one challenge for the day, I was ready to take on more.
Now I like to do weight training, cardio and dance classes 4-5 times a week.
Soul – Purging my life of negativity. Stressful work environments, toxic people and self-destructing behaviours do not serve a healthy happy life. We cannot control the negative, but we can control how we react to it. Letting go and walking away from unhappy situations can be a daunting prospect but we need to for our personal survival. Through patience, compassion, spirituality and mindfulness I am at peace.
I love working at Hope, the programme is very special and incorporates all aspects I hold dearly as important for us all to live life on life’s terms.
Growing up in South East London and in my family I was aware from a young age the damaging effects of addiction and alcoholism have on individuals and families, as well as anxiety disorders and depression. In my life I have lost dear friends to addiction and experienced how little anyone can do for an addict until they want to help themselves. To do a job where when that time comes I can offer support and guidance teaching recovery tools is an incredibly rewarding vocation. Each day is a blessing and I am so grateful to be part of the wonderful work we do here at Hope, helping people with their recovery journeys.