Brighton woman turns
grief into guidance

14 December 2015

Earlier this year Samantha Gosney won one of our annual Aspire Awards and is using her award to study for a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling at Varndean College.

Rows of Aspire Award trophies

Samantha, 44, was diagnosed with cancer in 2000. She said:

“My health deteriorated considerably and I got to a point where I felt useless because I couldn’t contribute to anything or help anyone.”

Her ill health meant she had to stop working in 2004 and, three years later, her teenage daughter was killed in a car crash. It wasn’t until recently that the former Bupa International employee realised she could use her experiences to help others.

Turning grief into guidance

Samantha explained:

“All the trauma that I’ve been through is something I can use to help people who are struggling through tough times. I’m so happy that I’ve been successful in getting the Aspire Award.

“I now feel like I’m useful again after spending 15 years thinking that I’m not, and I’m really looking forward to using my empathy and understanding to help others.”

She is now looking for a work placement with a recognised counselling agency as she works towards her qualification.