James chapter 1 v. 5
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
The trauma we work with at Magdalene and the complexities of a human life is far beyond our knowledge, skill and understanding. In these times, we seek the divine wisdom and revelation of our God. We are very privileged to be part of His healing work in broken lives. Who for many we are the last port of call and people come to us in a state of desperation. But thankfully, through trust, commitment, perseverance and hope we together find a place of healing.
Two counsellors have taken advantage of a small pot of money given to us, that along with their voluntary hours they can offer the project more counselling hours through sessional work and therefore lessen the waiting period.
In 2015 we were sorry to say goodbye to Lynne who retired from the work to move on to other commitments. We wish her well and thank her for the faithful years of voluntary service she gave to the work. At the end of the year, we celebrated with Sue on achieving the Advanced Diploma and welcome her as a professional counsellor to our valued team. Her skills, knowledge and life experience will be an asset to the work.
In August, we were required to move out of the Hub in Nelson. But thankfully, we were offered a reception and counselling room in The Salvation Army for a reduced cost.
In November seven counsellors attended an excellent training day with (PODS) Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors. Trauma, Dissociation and Recovery Healing the Brain. This was put together and presented so well and in clear language to understand the theory and how to use it. Personally speaking I have found it very useful in working with severe trauma, and can explain it to clients in a way they too can understand it and we can work together effectively.
Pauline Ellison, Counselling Coordinator.