Meet Matt, our Psychological Wellbeing Worker
Hi. My name's Matt and my job with Pure Insight is Psychological Wellbeing Worker.
About 10 years ago I became fed up with what I was doing in life and decided to make a change. But to do what?
I'd had my own struggles with anxiety and depression and I'd found help to be hard to find. So I thought maybe I'd like to try and help others with similar issues.
Plus I had my own kids and was aware of the difficulties that they and their friends faced. And again the shortage of help that there was out there.
I volunteered to help at my first children's home and I loved working with the kids - my mind was set.
Since then I've worked intensively with kids in care. At the same time I've studied - first in Psychology and now in Psychotherapy.
What I've learned is that virtually everyone who has been through the care system has experienced trauma. I’ve also learnt that the care system doesn't provide help with effects of trauma such as anxiety, depression and a lot of understandable anger.
But maybe the most important thing I've been taught, by the young people I’ve worked with, is that everyone's experience is different - so the best thing I can do at the start is to just shut up and listen. Then maybe I can try and help.