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Clara43
Clara43 aged 49
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Empathetic , Genuine , Thoughtful

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Female , 49

I am nearly 43. I live in South Yorkshire with my Civil partner. I am visually impaired and a carer, was a young carer and then managed a Young carer's project. I am trained in counselling and used to work in a Social work setting. I have suffered from OCD and recovered. I have worked with young LGBT people with mental health problems and counselled people losing their sight and their carers. I am a vegetarian and holistic healer, currently training to be a Reiki practitioner and am comiited to supporting people in a non judgemental and sensitive way.
I have supported my friend who is transgendered and through his surgery and transition and I firmly believe that where plan A fails there is always a plan Z.

Life experiences

Blindness/Visual impairment

I have always been blind and I am very positive about this and have also worked with people losing their sight and their carers.

Young Carers

I was a young carer for my mum who has mental health problems and after training I set up and managed a young carer's project providing emotional and practical support, information, advice and advocacy as well as therapeutic work.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder ( OCD)

After working in a very stressful environment I developed OCD. After seeking out support and being my own therapist I have fully recovered from this and would like to support others in doing the same.

Why mentor on horsesmouth?

Life is a struggle only if we have to live it alone. I have truly learned the value of support and supporting on a personal and professional level. Horsesmouth provides the ideal opportunity to give something back. Many people when feeling alone and isolated turn to the internet for help. I hope to be a port of call for this.

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