A ‘Short Break’ Becomes a New Direction for Andrea | Adult Learning Wales

A ‘Short Break’ Becomes a New Direction for Andrea


Andrea Woods had worked in education for many years, moving from teacher to advisory head teacher roles. Following a successful career, she decided to take a short break from teaching and took on a new role working in a mental health ward with elderly patients living with dementia and alzheimers. Recognising the importance of ensuring that she was fully able to help the families, Andrea proposed the idea of continuing her professional development and equipping herself with Counselling training.

Andrea came to Addysg Oedolion Cymru | Adult Learning Wales to provide her training; we immediately recognised her extensive experience and background in mental health and advised her to enrol on a Level 3 Counselling course. Andrea soon discovered that she had made the right decision.

Andrea felt incredibly supported and noted that her tutor was good at acknowledging the ability of all learners. Andrea went straight into Level 3 bypassing the Foundation course, recalling that she ‘never felt foolish for asking questions!’. She discovered that she was a part of a nurturing course that was very supportive. The group had well-established camaraderie where she felt fully included, and she found she “loved it!”.

From her positive experience at Level 3, Andrea decided to continue onto a CPCAB (Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body) Level 4 Diploma in Counselling course. The course gave her the tools she needed to support her own needs as well as those of others, impacting on her professional life in an entirely positive way. It would also seem that the benefits from her Level 3 and 4 Counselling courses would rub off on others around her too, where two of Andrea’s family members would enrol on the counselling course, as well as colleagues and friends, resulting in a total of 7 of Andrea’s acquaintences doing a Counselling course!

Andrea’s enthusiasm would lead her to a new and different role, working with people who were experiencing mental health and physical disability challenges in finding employment. She has since become an NHS counsellor being invited into schools to talk to both learners and staff about mental health needs.

Where her career has flourished, Andrea’s learning journey has also been furthered where she has recently started a Masters Degree in Psychology; her classmates include some of those who were also on her CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Counselling course. . .


Huge congratulations to Andrea - we wish her and her classmates well with their future studies and career.

To take a journey like Andrea’s or to find out more about our Counselling courses, click here or talk to us today.

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