Counsellor, NW Counselling Hub
Charlie is the youngest member of NW Counselling Hub’s team (NWCH) and started his Journey as a counsellor at 19 as a result of his own therapy and life experiences.
Before joining the hub, Charlie’s experience was working with vulnerable adults who had been involved with drugs and alcohol. Since joining, he has been able to develop the skills to work with all ages and has found a passion for working with adolescents and young adults.
Born in the transition period to the “millennial generation” Charlie grew up in an age without social media and smart phones but by the time he became a teenager the early stages of this had started to appear. As a result of this Charlie is on the cusp of understanding a life without it and also understanding the implications the technology boom has created in the younger community.
Charlie personally believes there are a lot of negative side effects that have come with this advancement and that the younger generation have lost the ability to communicate effectively. Resulting in a tremendous amount of pressure on how we “should” look and act.
Charlie joined the hub in October 2017 initially as a volunteer counsellor and then was invited to join the management team as of February 2018. His role within the hub has been crucial for its day to day running as well as its continued growth.
The hub has seen recent success due to Naomi Watkins receiving a grant through the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust to become a Churchill fellow. She will be researching suicide prevention in Australia and New Zealand. During this time, Charlie will be made acting Director.